It might not have been the most glorious of starts for starting quarterback Wilton Speight. However, in the end, it didn't matter as Michigan demolished Hawaii 63- on Saturday.
On the very first Wolverines (1-0) possession, Speight threw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted. On the very next drive, the Rainbow Warriors downed a punt on U-M's two-yard line.
Speight bounced back in a big way with key completions and leading the Wolverines to a 98-yard drive capped with a 12-yard touchdown pass to receiver Grant Perry to open the scoring at 7-0. The next two drives were capped by touchdown passes by Speight to tight end Jake Butt and Amara Darboh, .
Hawaii's offense didn't have an answer for the Wolverine defense, as the aggressive Don Brown defense came as advertised. On top of the two pick-sixes by Delano Hill and Channing Stribling, the linebackers and defensive lineman were all over the field disrupting the running game and, obviously, impacting the passing game as well.
However, the real story of the game was true freshman running back Chris Evans.
Seeing some time after senior running back De'Veon Smith sat out for most of the game with an injury, Evans made the most of his carries and really impressed. Evans had a 18-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and made an athletic leap to the pylon for the touchdown.
On top of that, Evans also broke out for a 43-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, pushing his rushing total over 100 yards. Evans showed impressive speed and impressed in his debut, finishing the day with 112 yards on the ground.
Michigan out-gained Hawaii 511-232.
The Wolverines return to Michigan Stadium next week to face the University of Central Florida.
- Brian Mone, Taco Charlton left before the half and did not return. It appeared that Charlton was nursing an ankle injury. No word on their return.
- De'Veon Smith also missed time with an apparent injury, no word on his return.
- Drake Johnson, Jourdan Lewis, Ben Braden and Maurice Hurst did not play due to apparent injuries. Lewis missing time was precautionary according to The Michigan Insider's Sam Webb.