No. 8 MI looks sluggish in 36-14 win over Cincinnati

No. 8 MI looks sluggish in 36-14 win over Cincinnati

Senior running back Ty Isaac rushed for 133 yards on 20 carries to help lead No. 8 MI to a 36-14 win over Cincinnati in its home opener on Saturday. Quinn Nordin added two field goals. The quarterback avoided throwing an interception a week after throwing two against Florida, but the Wolverines turned the ball over twice and had seven penalties for 68 yards. The Cincinnati Bearcats won their opener 26-14, a fact that is less than impressive considering their opponent was FCS Austin Peay. After rushing for 114 yards on just 11 carries against Florida last week he totaled 133 yards on 20 carries Saturday, though he didn't find the end zone. Grant Perry gave MI a 24-14 lead in the third quarter on a 33-yard reception. MI finished with 414 yards.

With just less than seven minutes, MI added a safety when the punt snap sailed into the end zone, and was batted out for a 33-yard loss. Boos reigned down from the stands on multiple occasions in Michigan Stadium while Cincinnati hung tough early in the game.

After gaining 155 yards in the first quarter, the Wolverines had 17 plays for 44 yards in the second.

ABOUT MICHIGAN (1-0): Wilton Speight completed 11-of-25 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown, but threw two interceptions that were returned for scores and was pulled in the second quarter for two series, although Harbaugh unequivocally stated that "Wilton's going to be the starter". The drive was run-heavy to begin until Speight found a streaking Crawford in behind the defense for a long 43-yard touchdown.

Cincinnati soon responded, taking advantage of fumble on the punt return after the ball hit a MI player on the bounce. Mike Boone rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown to go over 100 yards for the sixth time in his career while Thomas Geddis caught four passes for 48 yards and a TD against the Governors.

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