Instant Recap, Reaction, Highlights & More From Michigan's 36-14 Win Over Cincinnati

by Leon Thompson September 10, 2017, 12:36
Instant Recap, Reaction, Highlights & More From Michigan's 36-14 Win Over Cincinnati

The Bearcats started the Luke Fickell era with a remarkably unconvincing win over FCS cellar-dweller Austin Peay, while MI overcame a sloppy performance in their debut, topping Florida despite surrendering two first-half pick-sixes.

Michigan's only other offensive points came on two short field goals, one in each half, by redshirt freshman Quinn Nordin. Grant Perry gave MI a 24-14 lead in the third quarter on a 33-yard reception. Peoples-Jones' fumble resulted in a Bearcats' touchdown.

His 17 of 29 for 221 total passing yards seemed even less impressive than those numbers might indicate. Jerron Rollins contributed 18 yards in two receptions.

Both Florida State and Miami canceled their games against Arkansas State and Louisiana-Monroe, respectively, ahead of Irma slamming into the state this weekend.

Compared to last week MI football seemed less well prepared, less well coached, and frankly less motivated than they were a week ago. The question of covering the spread will be if the Wolverines can move the ball enough on Cincinnati. MI added a 28-yard field goal from Quinn Nordin early in the second quarter to build a 17-7 lead, but then Michigan's offense stalled.

We have yet to see MI face an elite offense, but if the Wolverines are going to be a CFP contender, this defense is the reason why.

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Is there a reason for concern?

. Michigan's defense is as good as advertised after the victory against Florida in the opener. Boone made a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter while quarterback Moore completed 17 of 28 passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns to lead Bearcats for the Win.

The Wolverines got nine 3-and-outs and held the Bearcats to four plays or fewer on 12 of 16 drives.

The defense added a final score for the Wolverines when Lavert Hill intercepted Hayden Moore and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown.

Ty Isaac has emerged as a power back.

NOTES: This was the first ever meeting between Cincinnati and MI. After rushing for 114 yards on just 11 carries against Florida last week he totaled 133 yards on 20 carries Saturday, though he didn't find the end zone.

Air Force will offer a unique challenge for MI in Week 3.

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