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Michigan 16 ... Miami University 6
Michigan got a nine-yard touchdown run from Steven Threet to start the scoring and and a 15-yard run from Brandon Minor in the fourth quarter to put the game away, and in between the two scores was a great game from the defense. Miami only managed two field goals, one from 27 yards out and one from 23, and came up with just 252 yards of total offense. Miami held on to the ball for 35:13 and allowed Michigan to convert just two of 13 third down conversions.
Player of the game: Michigan RB Sam McGuffie rushed 17 times for 74 yards and had three receptions for 32 yards.
Stat Leaders: Miami Univ. - Passing: Daniel Raudabaugh, 20-33, 191 yds
Rushing: Thomas Merriweather, 21-77. Receiving: Jamal Rogers, 9-78
Michigan - Passing: Steven Threet, 6-13, 63 yds
Rushing: Sam McGuffie, 17-74. Receiving: Martavious Odoms, 3-57
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The offense isn't working. Miami University has a decent defense with a great linebacking corps, but Michigan is still supposed to be able to line up and smash the ball with the running game. While averaging 5.1 yards per carry is nice, and Sam McGuffie ran well, there were too many third downs and too many misfired s to keep the chains moving. Without top receiver Greg Mathews, the Michigan passing game managed just 103 yards. It's going to be a work in progress overall with the defense needing to carry the team over the next several weeks.