This triple-option offense by Air Force was a solid test, but at the end of the day, Michigan’s defense was too dominant. The Wolverines had their ongoing struggles on offense, which continues to be a huge question mark, but were still able to get enough for a 29-13 victory.
Here are our game balls.
Offense: Donovan Peoples-Jones
Peoples-Jones did not have a huge statistical performance, but he showed on Saturday why the team needs to make a real effort to get him the ball more.
He took a punt back for a touchdown from 79 yards out and had two catches for 52 yards.
Defense: Devin Bush Jr.
This was a true test for Michigan’s defense, but this young defense held up rather well and stopped the dangerous triple-option attack throughout the afternoon. Devin Bush Jr. had an outstanding game and is awarded the defensive game ball. At the end of the first quarter, Air Force was 1st and goal, then on third and goal, Bush gets the sack.
This play came after his facemask call giving Air Force with a great opportunity to score within the 10. We’ve seen already this year Bush has some huge plays after a penalty against Florida.
Special Teams: Quinn Nordin
A solid kicking game was highlighted by a 49-yard field goal to put Michigan up 9-6 before halftime. He tied a school record five field goals today giving him 11 for the year in three games.
Honorable Mention: Donovan Peoples-Jones
We finally saw what many fans wanted, which was a touchdown by Donovan Peoples-Jones and it was a good one off a punt return.
The struggling offense in the red zone has been a concern and continues to be after starting 3-0.