The No. 7 Michigan Wolverines (3-0) overcame a sluggish offensive performance to beat the Air Force Falcons (1-1) 29-13 on Saturday afternoon at home.
Wilton Speight threw for 169 yards on 14 completions. Ty Issac took 16 carries for 89 yards. Tarik Black led receivers with five receptions for 55 yards.
Quinn Nordin knocked in five field goals for Michigan, tying a program record for most in a single game.
The two teams exchanged field goals in the first quarter. Air Force knocked in another one and Michigan knocked in two more to make it 9-6 going into halftime.
It was a half where the Wolverines couldn’t quite capitalize on good starting field position. They made it all the ay to the 17 yard-line, 8 yard-line and 31-yard line on some drives, but still failed to reach the end zone.
The second half got off on a different foot as Donovan Peoples-Jones took the first Air Force punt of the half back 79 yards for Michigan’s first touchdown. However, that excitement was short lived as Falcons quarterback Arion Worthman found receiver Ronald Cleveland for a 64-yard touchdown less than two minutes later. The maize and blue would add a field goal to make it 19-13 heading into the fourth quarter.
After Michigan added yet another field goal to make it 22-13, the Falcons seemed poised to dig into Michigan’s lead. Luckily, the maize and blue defense came up with a big stop at their own 12 yard-line and the Falcons would miss their ensuing field-goal attempt.
The Wolverines would finally go on to add an offensive touchdown, a 36-yard run by Karon Higdon, to put the game on ice.
Michigan will look to improve drastically on their red zone offense when they travel to West Lafayette, IN to face the Purdue Boilermakers for their first road game and conference game of the season.