Two down, 10 to go.
Michigan rolled into the Big House and took care of business against a hapless UCF (1-1) team 51-14 on Saturday. Most of the damage was done in the first quarter, when the Wolverines (2-0) sprung to a 21-0 lead. The wide margin was paved by quarterback Wilton Speight who had two touchdown passes, a three-yard pass to tight end Jake Butt and a 45-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Amara Darboh, in the first quarter. Darboh and Butt finished the game with two touchdown receptions a piece.
Speight finished the day completing 25 out of 37 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns. Speight showed yet again why he was named the starter, not panicking in the pocket and making smart decisions with the football. He was mistake-free this week, throwing zero interceptions.
The story of the game, however, is the Wolverines special teams play.
Safety Tyree Kinnel himself added two tipped punts to his name, as well as defensive end Chris Wormley contributing to two blocked field goals. The special teams directly contributed to great field position for the Wolverines offense that it was able to capitalize on.
Despite all the positives for U-M during the game, the offensive line took a step back this week against the Knights. The Wolverines finished the game 112 yards rushing, it relied heavily on the passing game at times to be able to move the football. Over the course of the game, Speight saw players in his face and faced plenty of defensive pressure.
While the Wolverines couldn't do much on the ground, it was the exact opposite for the Knights. UCF, aided by its high-tempo spread offense, finished the game with 275 yards rushing, a much different result compared to last for the Wolverines defense. Ripping off multiple long touchdown runs, including an 87-yard touchdown run by Adrian Killins, it seemed that the Wolverines, at times, had no answer for the UCF mobile quarterback system.
UCF lost its starting quarterback, Justin Holman, after pulling up during a long run. He did not return to the game.
U-M hosts Colorado at Michigan Stadium next week. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on BTN.
- Michigan corner back Jourdan Lewis was in street clothes and did not play for a second week in a row.
- Michigan true freshman corner back David Long was in street clothes and did not play.
- Noah Furbush and Drake Johnson, who did not play last week due to injury, also did not play.