Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Wolverines on upset alert against Air Force

Wolverines on upset alert against Air Force

MI knocked off Air Force on Saturday afternoon, but the team's red zone struggles were on full display yet again. MI entered the game dead last among Power 5 schools in the percentage of red-zone trips that end in touchdowns and was shut out on its four attempts inside the 20 Saturday.

MI looking nothing like the #7 team in the country (even in a winning effort against Air Force at home).

The teams traded field goals throughout the first half and the Wolverines emerged with a 9-6 lead.

They had two red zone opportunities in the first half, including their first drive of the game.

Nordin then easily made a 49-yard field goal with only 4 seconds remaining in the second period to put MI up 9-6 at intermission. He hit from 26, 29, 35, 36 and 49 yards out and is now 11 for 13 this season, which leads the Big Ten.

MI is now 3-0 on the season entering next Saturday's trip to meet Purdue in the Big Ten Conference opener at 4 p.m.at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Ind. They haven't made a lot of mistakes, but they'll need to wake up their offense or the Falcons could pull off the upset.

The Falcons' rushing attack completely dominated the game going 457-55, and seven different Falcons earned a touchdown.

The freshman receiver was taken off punt return duties last week after a couple of costly errors, one which resulted in a MI fumble.

The Wolverines came out of the locker room and immediately scored on a 79-yard punt return by freshman Donovan Peoples-Jones to take charge 16-6.

He had another punt return for 25 yards in the fourth quarter and also had his first two career receptions Saturday, totaling 52 yards.

MI entered the contest as a 23-point favorite at game time and came right out with senior quarterback Wilton Speight throwing from the outset.

Running back Chris Evans also fumbled the ball on the team's second drive of the game. He completed 14 of his 23 attempts for 169 yards through the air, at times overlooking open targets or missing them when he did spot them. He did not receive another carry until late in the fourth quarter and finished with six carries attempts for 30 yards. A 34-yard scamper by Worthman led to Air Force's next score, Strebel's career-best 50-yard field goal.

Speight's exasperation showed through after a wave of Air Force tacklers swallowed up a hand-off to Ty Isaac in the MI backfield on a third-down play eight yards from the end zone.

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