Observations on the win over Bowling Green, 65-21
Michigan had 8 red zones for 56 points while Bowling Green earned two red zones for 14 points. Each team scored 7 points of two turnovers.
Michigan offense nets 721 yards with 466 on the ground and 31 first downs. Michigan was 11 of 14 in 3rd and 4th down conversions, and had about a 6 minute time of possession advantage which gave us 24 more offensive plays. Denard Robinson had 5 carries for 129 yards and 2 TDs and goes 4 of 4 for another 60 yards in the air before going out in the first quarter with a left knee injury. Backup Devin Gardiner goes 7 of 10 for 85 yards and a TD plus runs 6 times for 25 yards and another TD. 3rd string quarterback Tate Forcier goes 12 of 12 for 110 yards and another TD. Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Wide Receivers and Offensive Line all looked good today, and appear ready for Big Ten play.
Michael Shaw gets 12 carries for 59 yards and a TD. Vincent Smith gets 62 yards on 12 carries with 2 TDs. Michael Cox gets 56 yards on 6 carries. Stephen Hopkins got 32 yards on 5 carries, but fumbled in the 2nd quarter. Fitzgerald Touissaint got 66 yards on 2 carries. Roy Roundtree gets 9 catches for 118 yards and draws an interference call setting up a TD. Jeremy Gallon and John McColgan get their first TD catches as Wolverines. Dwayne Woods had 13 tackles for Bowling Green along with a pass break up.
Defense had a pretty good day except one play when Cameron Gordon lost contain on the 71 yard bubble pass TD to Tyrone Pronty. Jonas Mouton had 7 tackles including a sack and an interception to lead the defense. Jordan Kovacs came up with 8 tackles including one for loss. Kenny Demens saw a lot of action at middle linebacker, and had 5 tackles. Ryan VanBergen had 2 sacks in the second half. Ray Vinopal got his first interception, but fumbled it back on the 32 yard return. The Falcons managed 283 yards in total offense, but only 12 first downs and 32 yards in net rushing. We held backup quarterback Aaron Pankratz to 17 of 28 for 231 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception and 3 sacks. Jordan Hopgood scored their two red zone TDs.
We had no punts and no field goal attempts, and Seth Broekhuisen kicked off 10 times with only one touchback; however, he hit all 8 PATs with Scott Schrimscher getting the last one. Drew Dileo had two punt returns for 30 yards and Jeremy Gallon had one for 15 yards, but Gallon fielded a punt at the 5 and let another go out of bounds inside the 20. Moundros and McColgan looked good on the kickoff team. We also had 8 penalties for 86 yards with a couple personal fouls of blocking below the waist. Ex-Wolverine Bryan Wright looked good on 5 kickoffs and 5 punts with 1 touchback and a 47.4 yard punting average.
Taylor Lewan played the entire game at Left Tackle today. Huyge came in when Dorrenstein got hurt. Mike Schofield got some action today as well.
Indiana will be a shoot out, and a tough game in Bloomington. We will be in a lot of high scoring shoot out games so prepare your stress management skills for the Big Ten season.