wilton speight MichiganAfter a close rivalry game in East Lansing, Michigan came back home and dominated Maryland. This wasn’t expected to be a close game and it wasn’t by looking at the score. Michigan was in control on all three phases and they stepped on the gas early, not looking back. The Wolverines defense improved after struggling, while the offense was almost perfect on the day. Check out how the game went down below!

deveon smithOffense

Wilton Speight had a solid day today, getting a career high in yards with 362 on 19 completions out of 24 attempts, getting two touchdowns as well. Speight looked like a veteran out there with plenty of time in the pocket and he was able to avoid pressure by moving his feet and even was able to rush for a touchdown while avoiding the tackler while his target was covered. John O’Korn came in to finish the game and went two for three for 25 yards and a touchdown.

De’Veon Smith lead the day on the ground with 19 carries for 114 yards and three touchdowns. Chris Evans had four carries for 32 yards and Ty Isaac had two carries for 56 yards. Khalid Hill had two carries for a yard and a touchdown. Michigan seems to have made De’Veon their main back. Now it was obvious  that Smith was the number one back, but the carries have been split up somewhat evenly. Today, Smith destroyed the others in carries as he looks to get ready for bigger games down the road.

Receivers were active and impressive with close grabs. Jehu Chesson emerged as the best receiver on the day with five catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. Jake Butt also had five catches for 76 yards. Amara Darboh had four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown and Kekoa Crawford had two catches for 25 yards and a touchdown.

The offensive line did really well. They allowed one sack that was on a play where Speight had to scramble to stay alive. They created holes for the run game, allowing them to get 273 yards on the ground and give Speight plenty of time to have a career day as the offense in total had 660 yards.

ben gedeonDefense

The defensive line was a monster today in shutting down Maryland’s main point of offense in the run game. They held the Terrapins to 78 yards on the ground and they were able to get three sacks on Maryland. Chase Winovich lead the line with five tackles and one sack. Taco Charlton was quiet with only one sack on the day. Ryan Glasgow was the final defensive lineman with a sack along with two tackles.

The linebacking core did a great job in helping the run game become ineffective. Ben Gedeon lead team in tackles with 11 and also getting a sack. Mike McCray left the game early in the first half, but would return and get five tackles. Jabrill Peppers had five tackles as he created pressure and helped the defense in general.

The defensive backs for the Wolverines were impressive in coverage. While they allowed 289 yards in the air, they didn’t allow a touchdown. Dymonte Thomas had five tackles, Tyree Kinnel had three. Jourdan Lewis had two and a pass deflection. Delano Hill was the stud of the group who had six tackles and two interceptions.

Special Teams were quiet today. Kenny Allen made his only field goal attempt from 29 yards out. Jabrill Peppers had a 14 yard kick return and Chris Evans had one for 26 yards.

Week 11 Preview and Notes

Overall this was a solid outing by the Wolverines. They showed that they were the number three team in the nation and a true playoff contender.

Next week they travel to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes in what will be a tough road test. While the Hawkeyes aren’t as intimidating as they were last season, but going into their home stadium at night won’t be easy. This will be the last road test for the team before traveling to Columbus.

Looking around the Big Ten, Michigan State lost to Illinois and Michigan State went from a playoff team, to a team who will have a losing season with no post-season play. Ohio State takes on Nebraska in what is going to be a tough game for both teams. Penn State plays Iowa in what is another tough game. Texas A&M lost to Mississippi State as they will fall out of the number 4 spot. Clemson dominated Syracuse and Alabama takes on LSU later on Saturday as well.

Brandon Knapp

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