Halftime Analysis of No. 4 Michigan vs Rutgers

Halftime Analysis of No. 4 Michigan vs Rutgers

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Halftime Analysis of No. 4 Michigan vs Rutgers

Coming into the game, Michigan wasn’t supposed to have any issues with Rutgers and it wasn’t much of a struggle to start out. The winds at the beginning of the game were at 25 MPH and reports said the wind could jump up to 40 MPH near the end of the game, so passing and kicking the ball seemed to be something to watch for.

It started off as Michigan went for it on fourth down on their first possession while in field goal range and didn’t get it. The next drive after a three-and-out stop against Rutgers would end with a positive as running back Karan Higdon would run for a one-yard touchdown run as Michigan took a 7-0 lead.

Rutgers wouldn’t go down without a fight as running back Isaih Pacheco ran 80 yards for a touchdown and Michigan suddenly had a challenge in the Scarlet Knights.

Michigan wouldn’t like how Rutgers did that and score their own touchdown on another Higdon one-yard touchdown run as Michigan retook the lead 14-7.

Another stop by the Michigan defense and a muffed punt by Rutgers gives the Wolverines good field position and it would turn into points as quarterback Shea Patterson found wide receiver Nico Collins wide open for a 36-yard touchdown pass as Michigan would be up 21-7.

POSITIVES:

  • Michigan’s passing game is doing well despite the wind, as Patterson is 13/18 for 155 yards and a touchdown as receivers were getting open easily and the passes were there. The wide receivers were having some issues with dropped passes, but besides that, they have been well overall.
  • Michigan isn’t making mistakes with penalties as they have had zero in the first half, something that is rare to see. Against Rutgers, they shouldn’t have any of these kinds of mistakes and put themselves out of the game, and so far they aren’t.

NEGATIVES:

  • Michigan’s defense allowed the longest play of their season against Rutgers. That just isn’t right as Michigan has played tougher teams this year and to allow that against Rutgers isn’t right. Michigan is having some minor issues with the Rutgers running game, allowing 101 yards on seven carries and a touchdown so far today.
  • Injuries are coming up at the worst times for them as safety Josh Metellus seemed to leave the game early with no update on what. Cornerback Lavert Hill left the game early as well, with no update so Michigan losing pieces on defense isn’t good in a game like this. Hopefully, word comes back positively in the second half.
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