Regardless, Michigan won the game and despite some issues still popping up in all three phases, Coach Brady Hoke will take it.
“It was good to get back on the field and compete, good to win,” Hoke said. “The effort was very good from our team. We certainly have things we have to do better and we will do better with the hardworking aspect of it.”
Without the No. 1 option offensively for senior quarterback Devin Gardner in junior wide out Devin Funchess, as well as the absence of one of the leaders in the secondary defensively in junior safety Jarrod Wilson, Michigan went through some growing pains prior to entering the half up 17-10.
None the less, Michigan regrouped in the second half as the offense established the running game behind 137 rushing yards on 22 carries by sophomore Derrick Green, who also managed to punch it into the end zone twice on the afternoon.
After coughing up a fumble and throwing an interception in the first half, Michigan coach Brady Hoke saw the offense make strides with ball security and the ability to control the game up front.
“Offensively, I think we rushed for 7.9 yards a carry in the second half, which is something that you want to do,” Hoke said.
Defensively, Michigan was more impressive in the second half against the Redhawks.
Allowing 10-points in the first half Greg Mattison’s crew pitched a shutout over the final 30 minutes of action as the run defense once again did the job holding Miami to just 33-yards on 24 carries.
Looking closely at the game on film, Hoke and his staff believe the defense could’ve come up with other takeaways outside of the well-played interception from sophomore corner Jourdan Lewis.
“I would say the one thing that’s something we’ve got to do a better job with in coaching it and executing it is we had a chance on Saturday to come up with three turnovers defensively,” Hoke said.
“We got the one interception and we started fast as a team, first two drives on offense, score, first time the defense is out on the field we get the interception but we had two other opportunities we need to capitalize on.”
Michigan is now turning their attention to the Utah Utes of the Pac-12 who will come to Ann Arbor with a lot to account for on both sides of the ball.
“We’ve got Utah coming in this weekend, undefeated, had a bye week last week and they’re second in the country in scoring offense,” Hoke said.
“I think they average 309 throwing the ball, 268 running the football. Second and first in the country in tackles for loss and similar there in sacks; I think they have 11 in two games.”
Utah opened up the season with a 56-14 win over Idaho State, followed by a 59-27 win over Fresno State.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke has been bullish and succinct when discussing injuries of late and Monday was no different.
Asked directly if he could update the statuses of any players including Devin Funchess, Hoke stood firm in his stance.
“We’re not going to talk about any of those guys who didn’t play,” Hoke said.
Asked why not, Hoke simply replied, “because, I don’t feel like it.”