Observations on the win over the Red Hawks, 34-10
Michigan earned 24 points in 4 red zone opportunities while the Red Hawks converted two red zones into 10 points. Michigan scored 7 points off two Miami turnovers in the first half, and the Red Hawks responded with 10 points off 3 Wolverine 1st half giveaways.
Offense was led by Devin Gardner who threw 13 for 20 for 184 yards and 2 TD plus ran 6 times for 24 yards. Derrick Green ran 22 times for 137 yards and 2 TDs. Amara Darboh grabbed 6 passes for 88 yards and a 26 yard TD. Jake Butt sparked the offense in the second half with 3 catches for 59 yards and a 29 yard TD. Michigan had 460 net yards in total offense, 276 on the ground with 23 first downs, and were 6 of 13 in 3rd down conversions. Michigan had a 9 and a half minute time of possession advantage which gave them 17 more offensive plays. Devin Funchess didn't dress on offense, and neither did Ray Taylor or Desmond Morgan on defense. Jarrell Jones led Miami with 12 tackles.
Defensive had a solid day. The Wolverines held the Red Hawks to 8 first downs, 198 total yards, only 33 on the ground, and 2 of 13 on 3rd and 4th down conversions. Joe Bolden led the defense with 7 tackles.
Special Teams continue to show poor coaching by Coach Ferrigno. The Red Hawks noticed the imbalance on the Michigan kickoff team and pooched it to Wyatt Shallman who collided with Justice Hayes for a fumble, and another Miami red zone opportunity which they cashed in for a TD. Matt Wile did hit 2 field goals.
Utah will be much tougher next week; they have a big, physical team so one may expect a low scoring nailbiter. Go Blue!
Observations on the first half with the Red Hawks
Brady Hoke Miami-OH Press Conference September 10 Mid-Week