ll is well in Ann Arbor. No need to panic after a crazy, close game last week against Air Force.
The Michigan Wolverines took on the Massachusetts Minutemen, for the second time ever, three years after a close game when Rich Rodriguez was the head coach. They easily won this game 63-13.
Denard Robinson had a spectacular game, accounting for four overall touchdowns, 291 yards passing and 106 yards rushing (397 overall). Overall, Michigan had 585 total yards, 291 passing, 294 receiving, and 27 first downs. You can call this an easy win for this team, as UMASS came into the game only scoring three points in two games.
They did score their first touchdown of the season on an interception, but other than that, the other two field goals came on offense. Michigan was ready for this game, and there’s no doubt that this was a tune-up game heading into next week’s rivalry game in South Bend against Notre Dame.
Head coach Brady Hoke doesn’t see it that way though. “We woulda taken any win,” said Hoke. Even though this game was a blowout, he believes this team has more to do to become a championship team. The weakest part of the team says Hoke, is “the lines of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.”
The offensive line and defensive line are going to need to step it up next week if they want to win against the Fighting Irish. Denard is right behind Hoke in his comments, as is the whole team. They believe they need to play better football, Michigan football to be a championship team.
At the end of the first quarter, it was quickly 14-0. The Minutemen answered with a 25-yard field goal to start the second quarter. Senior running back Vincent Smith ran one in later to put the Wolverines up 21-3.
The only touchdown of the day for the Minutemen came during the second quarter, a 32-yard interception return by Christian Birt. After that, the Wolverines kicked it into high gear and basically put the nail in the coffin.
Devin Gardner caught a 42-yard pass from Denard and two minutes later, Denard ran it in from 36-yards out. 35-10. Need I say more? Yea, the Wolverines put more on the board, but so did the Minutemen.
Levengood kicked a 32-yard field goal, the last points that Massachusetts would score. At the end of the third quarter, Robinson ran the ball in for a touchdown, or so we thought. In fact, he fumbled the ball and it was recovered in the endzone by Taylor Lewan. (Drew Dileo told us otherwise in the press conference, telling us that “…it was Elliott Mealer’s touchdown).
Regardless, it was the first of Lewan’s career (and probably last). The first half ended 42-10, Wolverines lead.
Roy Roundtree, who has been silent of late with the emergence of Funchess caught a 18-yard touchdown pass from Robinson to start the second half for both teams. Vincent Smith later ran 9-yards in for another touchdown and it was 56-13. That was my prediction for the game (56-12 actually).
Once the fourth quarter started, Hoke put in the backups, second and third teams. Russell Bellomy saw some action as did many of the backup running backs, wide receivers and both offense and defensive lines.
Bellomy ran the ball in for his first career touchdown, or so we thought, but the referees called him down on the 1-yard line. Justice Hayes ran the ball in the very next play, for his first career touchdown. The video screen showed Bellomy was in, but it didn’t matter, the backups scored a touchdown and everyone on the sidelines and on the field were jumping with joy for the backups.
It was a complete blowout of a lesser team. Michigan still has some work to do if they want to beat Notre Dame, but this was definitely a game they needed heading into South Bend next week. Go Blue!
To read the original article that appeared in the second issue of The Michigan Journal, on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, go to www.michiganjournal.org