Air Force vs. Michigan: Live Scores, Analysis and Results
The Air Force Falcons lost in the Big House to the No. 19 Michigan Wolverines.
It was a tough fought game that profiled two prolific offenses and great quarterback play. The Air Force Falcons battled to stay in the game until the final minute, but they were unable to finish and push for the win.
This was a huge win for Michigan coming off of the loss to Alabama to start the season, and it was a big showing for the Falcons, proving they were a force to contend with offensively.
Air Force 25, Michigan 31, End of Game.
Game over. What a big win for the Michigan Wolverines over Air Force.
Air Force stayed in the game until the bitter end with its dangerous offensive attack. The Falcons had chances to take over the game, but the Wolverines did work on defense to finish the game and lead Michigan to victory.
Denard Robinson: 14-of-25 for 208 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. 20 carries for 218 yards and two touchdowns.
Devin Funchess: Four receptions for 106 yards and one touchdown.
Air Force Falcons
Connor Dietz: 10-of-19 for 127 yards. 14 rushes for 61 yards.
Cody Getz: 26 carries for 130 yards and three touchdowns.
Time of Possession
Air Force: 35:22
A major play from the Michigan defense forces the turnover on downs and hands the win to Michigan.
After a day full of issues for the Wolverines defensively, they made the moves necessary to get the win.
This was a tough game that was a grind for the Wolverines. Big win.
A big third down for Air Force here. 3rd and 15.
This is a huge review right here for Michigan. If this ball was trapped, it would be a big move for the Air Force Falcons. That ball was clearly out. Awaiting for the ruling.
Michigan makes a huge stop on fourth down. That was the first big stop on the option that the Wolverines have been able to sustain all day and it couldn't have come at a better time for the Wolverines.
With the ball returning to Michigan and only one timeout left on the board for Air Force, the Robinson led Wolverines should be able to put this game away.
The Wolverines get to the 15 yard line, but are unable to punch it into the end zone. The Air Force defense held strong and the Wolverines grabbed the field goal.
The score is now within six, with the Wolverines having to kick to the potent Air Force offense that has marched down the field all day. This is a crucial tipping point for the Wolverines defense.
If the Falcons can push for a touchdown they take the lead. So far, the Wolverines haven't been able to stop the Falcons offense this half. Crucial possession for Air Force coming up.
Robinson is carrying this game for the Wolverines offense.
Passing: 13-of-21 for 188 yards and two touchdowns.
Rushing: 18 carries for 214 yards and two touchdowns.
Key third down here for the Wolverines offense. Third and four to go.
Air Force is really grinding on this Michigan defense. They continue to impress, not only with the basic play calls, but the plays that are being made by the athletes.
Cody Getz is having a phenomenal day for the Falcons.
To top off the score, the Falcons have brought the game within three with a great roll-out call for the two-point conversion.
Michigan needs to bear down or this could end very badly. I don't see the Wolverines defense getting another stop. Can they drive for another score?
Time of Possession:
Air Force: 30:34
Cody Getz: 23 carries for 114 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Air Force just battled for a major fourth down conversion. The option play is nearly unstoppable for Michigan.
Again, seal the perimeter Wolverines.
The Michigan defense is just too slow to the outside. Air Force driving with the ball on the 30.
Michigan couldn't get the ball out of the end zone and is now forced to punt from the two yard line.
With the success that the Wolverines have had with the quarterback draw, why not attempt one there. Robinson has been pretty good through the air today, but three consecutive passes? Not a good move for Michigan.
Air Force gets the ball back at the Michigan 40. The momentum returns to the Falcons.
Air Force goes for the fake field goal and flops at the two yard line. The Falcons had to take the chance there, but they needed that conversion.
The Wolverines will take over the ball and the momentum at their own two yard line.
Great call for Air Force, just couldn't get it.
Connor Dietz just got his socks rocked at the end of that play. Dude is going to have a bit of a headache for the rest of the day.
Very impressed with Connor Dietz in this game. To this point, he has matched Robinson for dual threat capability.
Another first down for Air Force.
Well, that open pass would concern me.
Despite the offensive charge led by the Falcons, I would not be overly concerned if I am a Michigan fan. This is a tough, and efficient offense to defend. Air Force is playing a great game offensively. Not many offenses that can be this prolific left on the Michigan schedule.
Robinson led a sustained drive and marched the Wolverines offense down the field. Robinson only attempted three passes, but all three were major completions.
A roll-out play led to the big touchdown pass for Robinson and pushes the lead further away from Air Force again.
Denard Robinson is proving why Michigan fans love him.
Denard Robinson: 12-of-16 for 179 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. 15 carries for 190 yards and two touchdowns.
Michigan is riding the legs of Robinson to start this second drive of the half. Will he break another big play?
He needs to regain the momentum for Michigan.
Cody Getz took a pitch play to the open green and marched into the end zone for a score for the Falcons. The Michigan defense sold out to the inside run, and Air Force called a great play.
The Falcons are showing a ton of poise under pressure in the game.
Cody Getz: 18 carries for 93 yards and two touchdowns.
Connor Dietz: 7-of-10 for 77 yards.
Air Force is looking really impressive on offense. They are exchanging offensive linemen as well as skill players. Interesting change to substitutions.
Obviously I spoke too soon. The Falcons are now third and short and inching closer to the midfield mark. These Falcons are not going away.
Michigan has to contain the perimeter. It isn't that the Wolverines are missing assignment, they simply aren't making the play.
And Air Force begins the self implode. Starting inside the 20 can be disastrous.
Denard Robinson opens the half with a huge run. Michigan needed that boost, but the question is if the defense can hold against the Falcons attack.
Robinson all but made up for the interception before half with that run. Huge play from an electric player.
Throughout the first half of the game it appeared that Michigan would get the chance to shut down the Air Force Falcons and put them into panic mode. Air Force made plays and now has the game sitting at 14-10 at halftime.
The Falcons have been running an insanely fast no huddle offense that has implemented six different ball carries into the game.
The Michigan defense has to figure out a way to stop the option play and contain the perimeter. Michigan has the size and speed advantage, but the Falcons are leveraging space very well in the game.
Michigan is getting production from Denard Robinson, but a key mid-field interception prior to half led to an Air Force touchdown.
One area of concern has to be that Fitzgerald Toussaint only has seven yards rushing on six carries in the game.
Air Force Time of Possession -- 17:35
Michigan Time of Possession -- 12:25
AF - Connor Dietz: 5-of-7 for 51 yards, 6 carries for 40 yards.
AF - Cody Getz: 11 carries for 49 yards and one touchdown.
Michigan - Denard Robinson: 9-of-13 for 136 yards, one touchdown, one interception, 10 carries for 110 yards and one touchdown.
Air Force made a huge play on the option and get the touchdown. The game is now within reach as the Falcons and Wolverines head into the last minute of the first half.
The Wolverines defense has been spotty with their defense of the option, but when they get the chance to bear down on the quarterback they succeed. Air Force has been able to churn up clock and keep Robinson stagnant for much of the half.
This is a tougher contest than most expected.
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