Wolverines Dominate In Week One
The last time Michigan was ranked this high coming into the college football regular season, well…
Fortunately for Michigan fans, there would be no historical upset in Week 1 at the Big House. The Wolverines steamrolled Hawaii 63-3 on Saturday, dominating in every aspect of the game.
Wilton Speight started his first career game after winning the spring quarterback battle for Michigan. After an interception on his first pass of the game, Speight was efficient, completing 10 of 13 passes for 3 touchdowns. After the game, while speaking to reporters, Speight said, “There was never a time, heading into the game, or after the first interception, that I was looking over my shoulder.”
As expected under Harbaugh, the Wolverines relied on their deep running game to carry them to victory. Freshman back Chris Evans led the team with 112 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 8 carries. Four other backs got multiple carries in the game as well.
Michigan also scored twice on defense, taking two interceptions back for touchdowns. All in all, the Maize and Blue outgained Hawaii 512 to 232 in total yards. Adding to the positives for Michigan, seventeen true freshmen saw game time on the day, breaking the previous school record of ten.
After playing their first game in Australia, Hawaii traveled 4,395 miles to take on Michigan. Under first year head coach Nick Rolovich, Hawaii was over-matched by the talented Wolverines. “If I was a Michigan fan, I’d be excited,” said Rolovich after the game to reporters. Perhaps the only positive that Hawaii was able to take out of this match-up was their kicking game, after Rigoberto Sanchez hit a 55-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to avoid being shutout.
Before the game, Michael Jordan was on the field as Michigan’s honorary captain. The school became the first football team in the country to be sponsored by the Jordan brand. Also on hand was Michigan native Derek Jeter and former Wolverine Charles Woodson.
Next up for Michigan is a home game versus Central Florida, while Hawaii will stay home for a match-up against Tennessee-Martin.
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