2011 College Football Week 1 Scores: Michigan vs. Western Michigan Update
Holy Brandon Herron!
If you didn’t know who that was before, his two defensive touchdowns today should bring him to your attention.
Because of Herron’s second touchdown, Michigan now leads Western Michigan 27-10.
In the first half, Herron stepped in front of an Alex Carder pass and returned it 94 yards for a touchdown. In the second half, Herron scooped up a loose ball and scurried 29 yards for a touchdown. Any time the defense gives a team two touchdowns, that team becomes very difficult to beat.
Ok, forget that last score. Thank Michigan running back Michael Shaw for a 34-10 Michigan lead. The touchdown capped a three play 87 yard drive. Despite the pro-style offense, Michigan is still showing they can be physical and score in a hurry if need be.
Fitz Toussaint, along with Shaw, gives Michigan a physical running combo. Toussaint has 68 yards and two touchdowns. Shaw has 54 yards and one touchdown. Shaw’s 13.4 yards per carry gives Brady Hoke another home run threat to pair with the best home run threat in the nation, Denard Robinson.
Through the air, Robinson is 8-12 for 61 yards. He has also rushed for 41 yards. Robinson does not have a touchdown through the air or on the ground.
The large Michigan lead, and lack of scoring from Robinson should be encouraging for Wolverines’ hopefuls. His success is sure to come, but until then new weapons are blossoming in Hoke’s new, more traditional offensive scheme.
Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder has played very well for the most part, minus two big mistakes. Thanks to Herron those wound up being two very big mistakes.
Michigan ranked 110th in total defense in 2010 but that must change this year. With this game in hand, defense must become the focus. Especially on underrated Broncos’ receiver Jordan White.
Due to constant battles with inclement weather, this game has gone final in the third quarter. Wolverines win 34-10.
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