It was a wet and wild Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor for the second game of the young season
for the Michigan Wolverines Football Team. Throughout the game there were clouds and light
rain showers moving through the area. The skies looked bleak but on the field it was bright for
the Wolverines. The final score of 51 to 14 does not reflect the hard fought win that was seen at
the Big House today.
The University of Central Florida came to play and it was a hard hitting game from the opening
kickoff. Even though most of UCF’s scoring happened on two long runs they showed spots of
great defense against Michigan’s running game. Michigan was held to just 119 yards on the
ground with Fullback Khalid Hill accounting for 9 yards on 5 attempts and the only 2 scores by
the Michigan Running Backs. De’Veon Smith made his presence known with 10 rushing
attempts for 38 yards. His longest accounting for 17 yards. Last week’s star, Freshman Chris
Evans, rushed for 35 yards on his 9 attempts.
The real story of today’s game was the performance of their starting quarterback Wilton Speight.
After his great performance last week he followed it up with and even cleaner one this week.
Speight threw for 312 yards and 4 touchdowns. He completed 25 of his 37 passes attempted.
This gave him a quarterback rating of 174.1 percent this week. This win was tougher than last
week and showed the Michigan team a totally different look at the spread offense they will
encounter later in the season.
The receiving core had a good day and accounted for most of the scoring the Wolverines put on
display. Fifth year Senior Amara Darboh made the biggest splash today recording 111 yards on 5
receptions and 2 touchdowns. Including a 45 yard scramble for the score. Senior Tight End Jake
Butt added his contributions to today’s win also scoring 2 touchdowns and running for 86 yards.
He recorded 7 passes from Quarterback Wilton Speight.
The question in this game for me was what was up with the defense today? They gave up three large
plays which led to the only scores given up today. They allowed more running yards than
expected. It showed, while Michigan’s defense played a good game, it was not their best and
there are some coachable moments in the weeks to come. With that said, some of the defense
excelled, Junior Linebacker Jabrill Peppers showed his athleticism today recording a team best 6
tackles and 2 assists. In addition, Freshman Rashan Gary was right in the mix adding 3 tackles
and 3 assists. Special team also contributed to today’s win with 2 blocked punts and a blocked
The day was won today by the Michigan Wolverines and they took care of their opponent. There
are things for Coach Harbaugh and his staff to work on this week but if there was none they
would have been perfect and that is not possible in today’s game. They will continue to work
hard in practice every day and get ready for their next opponent next week the Colorado