Off. Recap: Isaac Emerges, Rudock Struggles

The Michigan Insider breaks down Michigan offensive performance in its 28-7 won over UNLV. The running game was strong, but the passing game has yet to connect on any explosive plays.

Story by Josh Newkirk

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – For the second straight week Michigan’s run game flourished, running for 254 yards in U-M’s 28-7 win over UNLV.

“Rush for 250 yards, it’s a good day,” said Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. “It’s a good day running the football. But we’re still going to be striving to improve. And on short yardage situation, that’s going to be very important to do. We didn’t get that done. There is things we got done, things we didn’t.”

While Michigan was stopped on some key short yardage situations, as Harbaugh noted, the run game also contributed with explosive plays that led to touchdowns. The first being a 76 yard run by Ty Isaac, which he weaved his way through UNLV’s defense, on his way eight carry 114 yard performance, scoring his first career touchdown at Michigan.

“I think we are going to play as many good players as we can play,” Harbaugh said of his running backs. “Try to put them in as many roles where they can successful. But it’s a team game.”

De’Veon Smith, who has started all three games this season, rushed for only 33 yards on 13 carries. However, even with Isaac’s strong play, Harbaugh wouldn’t answer if Isaac had earned more playing time.

“We don’t every talk about any running back controversy,” Harbaugh quipped. “Just for you now for here on out. Quarterback controversy, I’ll address that. Whenever you want to know who’s the starting quarterback, I’ll talk to you about that. But when comes to any other position, whether it be right guard, running back or safety, there is no discussion of any running back controversy. “

Adding: “The more good players that we can have, the better for our football team,” Harbaugh said. “And we’re focused on that as much as we possibly can. And our players have responded to it. I feel like when they get an opportunity, they are going to be hungry to make the most of it. I think that’s what you saw today with Ty Isaac and Sione Houma, and other examples as well.”

Michigan (2-1) next plays host to BYU (2-0) at noon ET.

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