Halftime Analysis of No. 15 Michigan vs Maryland

Halftime Analysis of No. 15 Michigan vs Maryland

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Halftime Analysis of No. 15 Michigan vs Maryland

After an hour and 10-minute weather delay, Michigan and Maryland kicked off in Ann Arbor for the Wolverines homecoming game. Michigan came into today’s game as the 15th ranked team in the country with a 4-1 record, as Maryland came in off a bye and with a 3-1 record, both undefeated in Big Ten play.

Michigan started off their first offensive drive well with two big plays by Karan Higdon and Ben Mason but was forced to punt. The Wolverine defense has held up their end of the bargain though, holding Maryland to 42 yards in the first half.

Michigan would end up getting a field goal before Maryland would take a 98-yard kick off return for a touchdown to gain the lead 7-3. Maryland wouldn’t have it for long as Michigan would later drive 95 yards down the field to take a 10-7 lead on a one-yard Ben Mason touchdown run.

After another stop by the defense, the Wolverines were able to put up another touchdown on a 22-yard pass from quarterback Shea Patterson to wide receiver Ronnie Bell as Michigan is up 17-7 at halftime.

POSITIVES:

  • Michigan’s defense is showing why it is #1 in the nation with the type of play they have going on today. They have held Maryland to 42 total yards of offense and Maryland is 1-5 on third downs. Michigan’s front seven are the leading players as they have held the Terps to 20 yards on 12 carries with the pass defense only seeing five passes and allowing two completions for 22 yards.
  • Michigan’s offense is putting up yards, outgaining the Terps 291-42, so Michigan is having no problem driving down the field, and while the offense started off slow they have started putting up points as Patterson is 11/18 for 174 yards with a touchdown and interception in the first half and Higdon has 19 carries for 90 yards.

NegativES:

  • The kick-off unit for the Wolverines is the only complaint right now. The offense started off sluggish but was able to put up 14 points. The defense has held their own against Maryland and the Special Teams offense got their three points. The team was up 3-0 and Maryland’s running back Ty Johnson returned a kick 98 yards for a touchdown to give Maryland the 7-3 lead. That has been Maryland’s only big play today.
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