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Game Recap: Michigan beats Air Force

Michigan improves to 3-0

NCAA Football: Air Force at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines improved to 3-0 on the season, beating the Air Force Falcons 29-13. The offense stalled time after time once they got into the red zone, and relied heavily on the leg of Quinn Nordin. The Wolverines defense was able to overcome fatigue brought on by the continuous triple-option attack of Air Force. In all, a win is a win. On to Purdue.


First Quarter

On Michigan’s opening drive of the game, they settle for a 35 yard Quinn Nordin field goal after consecutive incompletions by Wilton Speight. Michigan leads 3-0

After a Chris Evans fumble, Air Force puts together a pesky drive, rushing outside time after time. Michigan is able to make an admirable goal-line stand, and Falcons kicker Luke Strebel converts a 37 yard field goal attempt. Score is tied 3-3

Second Quarter

Michigan gets it into the red zone again, but cannot capitalize fully. Quinn Nordin drills a 26 yard field goal. Michigan leads 6-3

Air Force continues to methodically march down the field with their triple option attack, but are still struggling to get a touchdown. Luke Stribel makes a 50 yard field goal. Score is tied 6-6

With nine seconds on the clock, Quinn Nordin converts his third field goal of the day from 49 yards away. Michigan leads 9-6

Third Quarter

Donovan Peoples-Jones takes a punt return to the house for the first touchdown of his career. A 79 yard scamper. Michigan leads 16-6

On the very next drive for Air Force, quarterback Arion Worthman throws to a wide open Ronald Cleveland. The receiver puts on his jets for a 64 yard touchdown. Michigan leads 16-13

Michigan is able to get within ten yards of the end zone yet again, and once again cannot get a touchdown. Luckily for the Wolverines, Quinn Nordin is having a great day and makes a 29 yard field goal. Michigan leads 19-13

Fourth Quarter

Quinn Nordin keeps it rolling, making his fifth field goal of the day from 36 yards out. Michigan leads 22-13

With a minute left, Karan Higdon runs for a 36 yard touchdown. Michigan leads 29-13