RECAP: Michigan Beats “Hard Hitting” UCF

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

field goal.

 

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

Buffaloes.