Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl 2013: Live Game Grades, Analysis for Michigan Wolverines

Aaron Siegal-EismanFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2013

Nov 30, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight end Devin Funchess (87) celebrates with offensive linesman Kyle Kalis (67) after catching a pass in the touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas State defeats Michigan 31-14 for their first bowl victory since 2002. 

Final: Kansas State 31, Michigan 14

For the full box score, check out NCAA.com

Michigan Wolverines Game Grades
Position Unit1st Half GradesFinal Grades
Pass OffenseB+C+
Run OffenseD-C-
Pass DefenseC-D
Run DefenseC+C-
Special TeamsC-C
vs. Kansas State in Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Game analysis for the Michigan Wolverines

Pass Offense: True freshman quarterback Shane Morris showed some strong throws throughout his first career start, but it just wasn't enough for Michigan. Morris finished the game 24-of-38 for 196 passing yards, no touchdowns and one interception. The lefty QB showed a lot of promise. 

Run Offense: The Wolverines had improvements in their run offense from the first half to the second half, but it was never an x-factor against the KSU defense. Solid 40-yard run by Morris, which showed his athleticism. UM ran for 65 yards on 15 attempts in the game. 

Pass Defense: Michigan's secondary couldn't make any major stops against the Wildcats offense. QB Jake Waters took advantage of the Wolverines with his solid arm and receivers that found open space. Waters ended the game 21-of-27 with 271 passing yards and three TDs. 

Run Defense: Kansas State's run game executed it's gameplan successfully. The Wildcats' rushers complied 149 rushing yards on 36 carries. Head Coach Brady Hoke would've liked the defense's front seven to get more pressure, but not much changed in the second half.

Special Teams: The Wolverines didn't have any big kick returns, but they allowed two major returns by wide receiver Tyler Lockett. 

Coaching: Michigan's coaching staff should have made some better adjustments on defense in the second half to keep the Wolverines in the game. 

Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Shane Morris (7) scrambles in the first half against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

First-half analysis for the Michigan Wolverines

Pass Offense: Quarterback Shane Morris has been on-point with his throws in the first half. Morris is 16-of-19 for 121 passing yards and no touchdowns. The lefty QB will need WR Jeremy Gallon and TE Devin Funchess to get open more in the second half.

Run Offense: Michigan has no run offense whatsoever in the first half. Five rushers have combined for eight yards on eight carries. The Wolverines offensive line hasn't opened any holes and Kansas State's front seven has been getting pressure on almost every run play. 

Pass Defense: Michigan has one of the top secondaries in the Big Ten coming into this game, but hasn't looked good at all so far. CB Blake Countess has had lots of trouble covering KSU WR Tyler Lockett. Jake Waters completed 9-of-11 passes for 128 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Run Defense: The Wildcats' rushers have been solid through the first half. Their run game has opened up balance with their passing offense. Three players have combined for 82 yards on 14 carries. Michigan needs to get more pressure from their defensive line. 

Special Teams: The Wolverines have allowed two solid kick returns by Lockett, which has given the KSU offense good field position. Michigan should stop kicking it to Lockett. 

Coaching: Head Coach Brady Hoke and their defense has made any major stops or big plays on defense, which has allowed Kansas State to build their lead.