Live Football Blog: WMU vs. Michigan
Michigan 31 WMU 7 Final
By Mark Rudi
Michigan comes out on top today 31-7. The Wolverines didn’t score in the second half and head coach Rich Rodriguez stated that there wasn’t much he liked in the second half and that Michigan will continue the three quarterback system against Notre Dame next week.
WMU had 301 total yards of offense (38 rushing, 263 passing), while Michigan racked up 439 (242 rushing, 197 passing).
Tim Hiller was 22 for 38 with 259 yards and two interceptions. Brandon West led the Broncos in rushing with 41 yard and Juan Nunez was the leading receiver with 151 receiving yards and a touchdown.
For the Wolverines, Tate Forcier was 13 for 20 for 179 yards and three touchdowns. Forcier also rushed for 37 yards. Denard Robinson was 2 for 4 with 18 yards, but rushed for 74 yards and a rushing touchdown. Robinson was Michigan’s leading rusher.
The Broncos will head to Bloomington, Ind. next Saturday to take on Indiana University (1-0) at noon. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. Michigan will stay home and host the University of Notre Dame (1-0) next Saturday. Look for more on WesternHerald.com tonight and in Tuesday’s issue of the Western Herald.
Michigan 31 WMU 0 End of the 3rd Quarter
By Mark Rudi
There was no scoring in the 3rd. Nick Sheriden came into the game and threw an interception that was picked off by Deshon Lawerence in th endzone. The Broncos had a drive going and got down to the Michigan 18, but ended up turning the ball over on downs.
Michigan 31 WMU 0 Halftime
By Mark Rudi
It’s also clear now as to why WMU had questions about its secondary. Michigan has torched the secondary for 145 passing yards. The Wolverines also have 144 rushing yards for the game with a 289 total yards for the game. On the other hand, the Broncos only have 79 total yards (-2 rushing, 81 passing). Much of that 81 passing came at the end of the second quarter.
Tim Hiller is only 13 for 24 with 81 yards. Tate Forcier is 8 for 13 with 127 yards and three touchdowns. Denard Robinson is 2 for 3 with 18 yards. Robinson and Forcier have 57 and 37 rushing yards respectively.
Junior Hemingway has 91 receiving yards with two touchdowns for Michigan.
With Michigan on the 7 yard line, Tate Forcier rolled left and completed a seven yard touchdown pass to Kevin Koger to make it 21-0 Michigan. The drive was 68 yards in 12 plays and in 4:42.
Michigan would later pour it on when Jason Olesnavage made his first field goal of the season with a 44-yarder to make it 24-0 Michigan. That drive was 16 yards for six plays in 2:19.
The Wolverined would then put together a 85 yard eight play drive in 3:10 to go up 31-0. Forcier completed another touchdown pass to Junior Hemingway for 44 yards.
The Broncos had a change to get on the board at the end of the first half, but kicker John Potter missed a 44-yarder at the end of the half.
Michigan 14 WMU 0, End of 1st Quarter
It’s clear to see why Michigan has a quarterback controversy, both Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson looked good. However, the Bronco offense did not. WMU only manged 29 total yards in the first quarter with only one first down. Michigan has 133 total yards (79 rushing, 54 passing) and have a 14-0 lead.
Forcier put the Wolverines on the board with his first career touchdown. Forcier completed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Junior Hemingway with 10:35 left in the first.
Robinson got in the action with 4:07 left in the first and after a Tim Hiller interception, Robinson fumbled the snap and then ran 43 yards for the U-M touchdown.
By Mark Rudi
Good afternoon everyone, I am live from Michigan Stadiun in Ann Arbor for Western Michigan University vs. the University of Michigan.
The Broncos are 13 point underdogs coming into today and we’ll see how the new look WMU secondary looks today. Also, the receiver corp will be on to watch today as well in Juan Nunez and freshman Ansel Ponder.
But of course, there has been much contreversy this week with the U of M program and head coach Rich Rodriguez. Earlier in the week, the Detroit Free Press reported that Rodriguez and U of M were going over the 20-hour practice time limit set by the NCAA. We’ll see if that affects the Wolverines today and how Michigan’s three quaterback system works.
I’ll have more at the end of first quarter.