Michigan Topples Cincinnati 36-14 After Late Surge

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The No. 7 Michigan Wolverines put together a good enough second half to overcome the Cincinnati Bearcats in their home opener. Will they work out against 11th ranked Wolverines? that is the question. Look out for how many rushing yards MI may be able to put up on Cincinnati after 215 against a strong Florida defense. Tailback Ty Isaac had another strong game, rushing 20 times for 133 yards, his second consecutive 100-yard game to open the season. Crawford had 83 yards on four catches and Perry had 66 yards on four catches. He also threw for less than 150 yards with only one touchdown and two interceptions.

When it comes down to it, MI is undefeated with two wins over two quality opponents. The Wolverines broke out of their doldrums with an 80-yard, seven play scoring drive that got a boost from a 36-yard pass play from Speight to tight end Zach Gentry. Cincy cuts UM lead to 17-14. Boos reigned down from the stands on multiple occasions in Michigan Stadium while Cincinnati hung tough early in the game.

MI didn't skip a beat on defense despite replacing 10 starters as Don Brown's unit registered six sacks and forced three turnovers while holding the Gators to 192 yards of offense.

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. In the fourth quarter, another interception was made by Lavert Hill, who returned the ball 24 yards.

MI led 17-7 after a first half that began with a well-executed 80-yard touchdown drive and ended with the Wolverines' final five drives that went like this: fumble, field goal, fumble, three-and-out, punt.

Cincinnati soon responded, taking advantage of fumble on the punt return after the ball hit a MI player on the bounce.

Mike Boone and Hayden Moore saved the game for the Bearcats.

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