28 September 2009

The Black Shirts Dominate CMU

Michigan's Black Shirt defense was all over CMU all day long

Enroute to beating up the Chippewas, Michigan's defense looked very good while their offense showed a serious need for improvement. This isn't evident by just looking at the final score of 44-14 however. Michigan's starting defense didn't give up a single point and they didn't give up a single rushing yard while they were on the field. Michigan scored early as FR(RS) HB Vincent Smith would take his first carry of his career 56 yards for a TD. Shortly after this FR(RS) return man Jeremy Gallon would fumble a punt return and CMU would return it for a TD to tie the game up 7-7. This would be as close as the Chippewas would get, however, as Michigan would continue to dominate and take a 24-7 lead into the half. CMU wouldn't score again until they faced Michigan's 2nd team defense early in the 4th quarter.

The black shirts would hold CMU to 17 yards on 25 carries, 155 yards of total offense, 1 of 13 3rd down conversions and would force 2 turnovers while sacking CMU 6 times. There wasn't anything that the defense didn't do and didn't do well. On the offensive side, it was a different story. Michigan would only complete 17 of 32 passes, thanks in no small part to 7 drops by Wolverine receivers. Michigan was also only able to convert 3 of 13 3rd down conversions.

With their game against a highly ranked Notre Dame team next week, coach Jello is going to have to get the offense clicking and in a hurry.

Here are some highlights of this week's game:

Game Statistics
CategoryCentral MichiganMichigan

First Downs920
Total Offense155465
Passing YDS138244
3rd Down Conv1-133-13
4th Down Conv1-13-3
2pt Conv0-00-0
PR Yds014
KR Yds22635
Total Yards381514