Observations on the win over Maryland, 59-3
Michigan gained 8 red zones, and converted 7 for 45 points. Maryland gained 2 red zones, and came up with 3. The Wolverines scored 10 points off 2 Terrapin turnovers.
Offense looked great in the first half, but only good in the second half! Offense amassed 660 net yards, and was 3 of 6 in 3rd down conversions with 31 first downs. Wilton Speight was 19 of 24 for 362 yards and 2 TDs plus he scored another on a 10 yard run. DeVeon Smith had 19 carries for 114 yards and 3 TDs. Jehu Chesson had 5 catches for 112 yards and a TD. Amara Darboh had 4 catches for 77 yards and a TD. Jake Butt had 5 catches for 76 yards, and became the Tight End Reception Leader at Michigan in this game. Chris Evans set up a one yard plunge by Khalid Hill with a 56 yard screen pass, and had a 10 yard carry; Evans also had 4 carries for 32 yards. John O'Korn came in and completed 2 of 3 in the 4th quarter for 25 yards including a TD pass to Kekoa Crawford. Ty Isaac had 2 carries for 56 yards including a 53 yarder. Michigan held an 4:30 minute time of possession advantage, but both teams had an equal amount of plays.
Defense let up 367 yards, 19 first downs, and the Terrapins were 6 of 16 in 3rd and 4th down conversions with 2 punts. Their quarterbacks combined for 17 of 28 for 289 yards. Lorenzo Harrison gained 58 yards on 9 carries. The Terrapins had 6 plays of 20+ yards against the Wolverines. Ben Gedeon led the defense with 11 tackles, 3 for loss including a sack. Delano Hill got 2 interceptions, and had 6 tackles. We continue to be attacked on the edge with little resolve to defend, and our tackling continues to be poor. I hope this trend ends now so we don't see this against Iowa or Ohio State.
Special Teams looked good with Kenny Allen booming 10 kickoffs for a 64.6 yard average with 7 touchbacks; he made his only field goal attempt, all extra point attempts, and didn't punt.
Bring on Iowa! Go Blue!
Observations on the first half with Maryland Box Score Highlights Player Participation Post Game Press Conference
Jim Harbaugh Press Conference on October 31 for Maryland