Observations on the win over Minnesota, 42-13
Michigan converted five red zones into 35 points while the Gophers gained 10 points in two red zones; the Wolverines scored 14 points off two Minnesota turnovers. The best thing, no Wolverine turnovers.
Offense gained 348 net yards, but only 113 on the ground. Devin Gardner was 13 of 17 for 235 yards and a TD. Fitzgerald Touissaint gained 78 yards on 17 carries for 2 TDs.
Freshman Derrick Green and Gardner ran for two more TDs. Devin Funchess grabbed 7 passes for 151 yards and a TD. Offense had 17 first downs and was 10 of 13 on 3rd down conversions. We had 5 negative plays in 52 offensive plays.
Defense didn't look great, but got the job done. Desmond Morgan led the defense with 10 tackles while James Ross had 9. Jibreel Black and Blake Countess forced Gopher turnovers, and both resulted in TDs. Mitch Leidner was 14 of 21 for 145 yards and a TD plus he ran for 66 yards on 18 carries. Cam Gordon was credited with a 3 yard sack. The Gopher offense ended with 281 net yards, 136 on the ground, 16 first downs, and was 9 of 16 in 3rd and 4th down conversions. Minneosta dominated time of possession by 7 minutes which led to 10 extra offensive plays, but they couldn't capitalize on that advantage; instead, we capitalized on their two turnovers.
Drew Dileo had two punt returns for 13 yards, Dennis Norfleet had 52 yards in two kickoff returns. We gave up an 18 yard punt return, and a 65 yard kickoff return that was called back on a penalty to the 39. We forced the Gophers into 3 punts, 2 turnovers and two field goals. Both Ondre Pipkins and Kyle Kalis went out with lower leg injuries.
Penn State is next after they lost to Indiana. While a winable game, it will be tough on the road with this year's team. Look for Northwestern to upset Ohio State tonight.