The Michigan Wolverines moved to 1-0 on the season after a 47-14 drubbing of the Western Michigan Broncos on Saturday afternoon. Outside of some early hiccups, the performance was exactly the type fans were hoping to see to give them something to build on heading into the second week.
It was far from a perfect performance, but 47 points and 334 yards rushing after the staff and players said all week they wanted to be physical and get off to a fast start is encouraging. The new defense had some troubles early on, but once the pass rush got going, it was smooth sailing the rest of the way in coordinator Mike Macdonald’s debut.
Ronnie Bell’s injury status looms large following this one, as he hurt his knee in the second quarter on a punt return. That is the only thing seemingly giving people pause on making grand declarations after win No. 1.
We took to Twitter after the game to ask people to describe Saturday’s win in three words. Here were some of your best reactions:
That satisfied me— Tim Campbell (@VncentLIFE) September 4, 2021
Perhaps some hope?— Scott Davis (@ScottCDavisJr) September 4, 2021
Very cautiously optimistic— Logan (@Five_Shott) September 4, 2021
Defense still uncertain— Nate Thompson (@njt55) September 4, 2021
It’s western michigan— i dont even wanna be around anymore (@keithshred) September 4, 2021
Finally making adjustments— Josh Mason (@MasonJL79) September 4, 2021
Big Ten Champs!— Boston sports fan (@Bostonspride6) September 4, 2021
Room to grow— Michael Michalski (@mmichalski34) September 4, 2021
Run. The. Ball.— MyLittlePony (@pelotondon) September 4, 2021
Good first step— Peyton (@thenewswaggyp13) September 4, 2021
Not sold yet— Kory Gollan (@KJGollan) September 4, 2021
Despite Jim Harbaugh— Sandro’s Korner (@scarlos72) September 4, 2021
Practice skeptical optimism— Dan Wilson (@danmwilson911) September 4, 2021
Can beat Washington?— TheMan DownTheHall (@TMDTH1) September 4, 2021
We will see how Michigan fares in a night game next week against the Washington Huskies. Feel free to use the comments below to get your three-word takes in about the first win of the year.