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TMI Takeaways: Lewis, Speight Clutch in win

TMI Takeaways: Jourdan Lewis makes an interception to remember, Wilton Speight's clutch TD pass leads U-M to 14-7 against Wisconsin.

Jourdan Lewis makes all-world interception

Facing fourth down with the game on the line, Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook saw a streaking Badger receiver down the middle of the field. He then heaved a deep fade that had everyone in the stadium holding their breath, then, well, U-M’s star cornerback Jourdan Lewis leaped, snagged the ball, controlling it, falling to the ground with an interception to remember. It cemented Michigan’s 14-7 victory, also signifying U-M’s all-world DB is back and better than ever.

Speight comes up clutch

With the game tied at-7 late in the fourth quarter, Wilton Speight found a streaking Amara Darboh for the 46-yard winning touchdown, making the big play when U-M needed it the most. That play was huge for Speight, who otherwise struggled up to that point of the game.

On the game, Speight would finish 20-of-32 for 219 yards, and clearly looked rattled at times, throwing a crucial interception that setup Wisconsin’s only touchdown, also taking four sacks. But nevertheless, Speight made the play that won the game and that’s what quarterbacks are supposed to do in big games.

U-M’s defense plays best game yet

We all thought Wisconsin would try to run the ball and setup play-action, it’s their formula they’ve used for success all season. The problem being, UW had little success offensively all game. U-M held the Badgers offense to 159 total yards, holding them to only 4-of-15 on third downs. U-M dominated defensively, and never look shook even when Wisconsin tied the game at-7. That’s a sign of great defense.

Kicking woes cost Michigan

To say U-M’s kicking team struggled today is an understatement; Wolverines’ kickers were just flat out bad, missing all three of their field goal attempts. Kenny Allen missed attempts from 31 and 43-yards respectively, and 4-of-8 for the season. Ryan Tice then missed a 40-yard attempt late in the third quarter.  

Overall, special teams struggled as a whole today, leaving nine points off the board. Afterwards, Jim Harbaugh said there would be an open competition for the starting kicker; Tice is expected to challenge Allen for the job.

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