Michigan Shakes Up SMU 45-20

Michigan Shakes Up SMU 45-20

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Michigan Shakes Up SMU 45-20

In what was supposed to be a blow-out win for the Michigan Wolverines, turned out to be a battle for four quarters. Through one quarter it was scoreless and the Michigan offense couldn’t get anything going against the SMU defense.

Starting running back Karan Higdon was dressed but didn’t play as according to Michigan Radio, he was dinged up in practice this week, so Chris Evans was given the nod as the starter and while he was able to make some people miss, he wasn’t given many holes to run through, finishing the game with 18 carries for 85 yards.

The Wolverine offense as a whole when it came to running the ball, did a complete 180 from last week, finishing with 197 yards on 41 carries and just one touchdown, averaging 4.8 yards per carry.

Michigan would take to the scoreboard first though as on fourth and one, fullback Ben Mason would run it in for the touchdown, giving the Wolverines a 7-0 lead.

Michigan’s defense would have a hiccup on their next drive, allowing SMU wide receiver James Proche to get wide open for a 50-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Hicks and tie the game up at seven.

After a squib kick on the ensuing drive, Michigan would take over at their own 40-yard line. After a fourth down conversion again, Michigan would have a first down, but get some help from SMU head coach Sonny Dykes who wasn’t happy with the spot as they would gain 15 yards on the unsportsmanlike penalty and the next play this happened.

Quarterback Shea Patteson would finish the day going 14/18 for 237 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, along with six carries for 20 yards. Patterson had a rough start as he almost had a pass intercepted by an SMU defensive player, but it would bounce off his hands and to the wide receiver Oliver Martin. Patterson also threw an interception in the first quarter inside the SMU 10 yard line.

It seemed to be after that touchdown drive, Patterson got it together and returned to his natural form.

With less than two minutes left in the second quarter, SMU would be driving down the field and Michigan safety Josh Metellus would get called for a defensive pass interference to put SMU on Michigan’s 35 and Metellus would make up for the penalty and get a pick-six to give Michigan the 21-7 lead at halftime.

The third quarter would start off well for the Wolverines as the defense would stop SMU on their first drive. Patterson would create some yardage with his feet and extend plays to drive Michigan down the field. After finding tight end Zach Gentry on a 29-yard pass, Patterson threw a beautiful back shoulder fade pass to Peoples-Jones and Michigan extended the lead 28-7. Gentry would finish the day with four catches for 95 yards.

SMU would go on a long drive, 7:31 to be exact and would find the end zone on a two-yard touchdown pass from quarterback William Brown to Ryan Becker and with a missed extra point, Michigan would be up 28-13 after missing the extra point.

After an onside kick recovery, Michigan would start at the 41-yard line and Patterson didn’t waste any time as he would find People-Jones for the third time this game for the touchdown. Peoples-Jones would finish the day with four catches for 90 yards and three touchdowns.

The issue of penalties for the Michigan defense would continue as multiple defensive pass interference calls would go against the Wolverines today, finishing with 13 penalties for 137 yards.

SMU wouldn’t give up in the fourth quarter though and on 12 play, 80-yard drive, Brown would find Proche for his second touchdown of the day, shrinking Michigan’s lead to 35-20.

On their next drive, Michigan was able to finally have success in running the football, as Evans would start out with a 35-yard run, followed by two carries for 13 yards for Tru Wilson, who finished the game with 11 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown. Michigan would score on the drive on a 55-yard field goal from kicker Quinn Nordin, putting Michigan up by three scores 38-20.

After stopping SMU, Michigan would score on their final offensive drive of the game on a nine-yard touchdown run from Wilson, making it 45-20 Michigan.

Michigan’s overall performance was good, but this game was closer than many expected. The defense allowed SMU to get 319 yards on offense, and the Wolverines would finish with 434, a majority towards the passing game and the running game would start working in the late third, early fourth quarter when Michigan was looking to start draining the clock. Look for them to work on this before Nebraska next week.

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