Blue Beats Maize 7-0 in Michigan Spring Game

The Blue team topped the Maize team 7-0 in Michigan's 2015 spring game Saturday at the big house in a game largely controlled by both defenses.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Jim Harbaugh has coached his first game as the man in charge of guiding the Michigan football program -- sort of.

Michigan’s 2015 spring football game is in the books as Team Blue clings to a 7-0 win over Team Maize in front of an estimated 50,000 fans inside the big house on this chilly day in April.

Perhaps the best news to come out of the day for Michigan is the Wolverines are a full five months from opening up the season on Sept. 9 in Utah.

The lone touchdown came in the final minute of the first half as junior Shane Morris hit junior wide out Jaron Dukes for a 14 yard score, tip toeing his way in bounds and into the end zone.

Beyond that, the defense dominated most of the 40 minutes.

Morris finished his day completing 11-of-24 pass attempts for 135 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Morris was also sacked twice.

Morris’ favorite target on the afternoon was redshirt junior wide receiver Amara Darboh who caught four balls for 75-yards, including a long of 37. Despite the solid stat line, Darboh dropped a couple of others that could’ve gone for big gains as well.

On the maize side, true freshman Alex Malzone took every snap at quarterback, unable to guide his group into points despite driving the ball to midfield looking for the equalizer in the final minutes of regulation.

For the day, Malzone completed 15-of-27 pass attempts for 95 yards and two interceptions. Malzone was brought down three times for sacks by the blue defense.

The leading receiver for the maize was sophomore Freddy Canteen catching six passes for 36-yards, most of which came on the final drive of the game. Maurice Ways also caught three passes for 35-yards with a long of 30.

The bright spot for the maize was the rushing performance out of junior De’Veon Smith. Smith started the game with a 30-yard scamper to the left side, finishing the day with seven carries for 50-yards.

This day was largely dominated by both defenses though, nearly pitching a shutout heading into halftime.

Both quarterbacks coughed the ball up on interceptions in the early going. Malzone was the first culprit, tossing a well-placed ball to Ways down the left sideline but sophomore cornerback Brandon Watson simply snatched the ball away.

Malzone threw another first half interception to senior linebacker Desmond Morgan dropping into coverage.

Morris lone interception came on a tipped ball, hitting Dukes on a comeback that went through his hands, off his facemask and into the waiting hands of safety Delano Hill.

Team Blue won the sack battle over Team Maize by a score of 3-2. Lawrence Marshall had the most impressive take down, bursting off the edge and beating Wyatt Shallman for the sack on Morris.

Joe Bolden led the maize in tackles with 13 total including three for loss. Jabrill Peppers also chipping in in the losing effort with four tackles, 1.5 for loss and a pass break-up.

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