September 8, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines linebacker Jake Ryan (47) during the game against the Air Force Falcons at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Michigan Football: Air Force vs. Michigan -- Wolverine Quick Thoughts

Posted at 8:00pm — 9/8/2012

Michigan Football: Air Force vs. Michigan — Wolverine Quick Thoughts

First thing is glad we have Denard Robinson because we wouldn’t have a running game without him or won this game 31-25 over Air Force today.

Defense struggled big-time today, but when counted on at the end of the game they made the stop and the plays to help win the game.

September 8, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Denard Robinson (16) runs the ball during the second half against the Air Force Falcons at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 31-25. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Denard was 14-25 and 208 yards passing the ball, rushing 20 attempts for 218 yards, 1 interception (V. Smith should have caught), and two touchdowns.

With today’s game Denard Robinson moved to #8 in career rushing yards by a QB in NCAA history along with the first Wolverine since Tyrone Wheatley to record two rushing touchdowns of 50 yards or more in a game. Denard Robinson now has a total of 3,336 rushing yards, passing Rob Lytle for 7th all-time at Michigan. If that wasn’t enough for one game, Denard Robinson had his fourth career 200 yard rushing game, moves past Ron Johnson to #2 in Michigan history, trailing only Mike Hart with 5 games.

Devin Funchess from Farmington Harrison High School led the receiving core with 106 yards as a true freshman in his first game in The Big House.

Michigan’s defense was led by to Ohio players in Jake Ryan with 11 tackles from St. Ignatius High School and Joe Bolden with 10 tackles from Colerain High School. Jake Ryan who wore # 47, honoring Bennie Oosterbaan’s “Michigan Football Legend” distinction represented the Oosterbaan’s very well today and was able for fans to see a number on the field that hasn’t been seen in a very long time and great to see.

The defense has more questions after this game, but remember one thing we are seeing a lot of young players (freshman and sophomores) stepping up and playing more and more. Also remember Air Force is a very tough team to prepare for in such a short week of preparing especially with their offense, how they block, and how difficult it is to simulate their offense in practices and give good looks since you cannot really chop the defensive players in practice to risk injury and that is something Air Force is know for in their block scheme.

After a beat down last week both physically and mentally along with the pounding the team and coaches took from the media, fans, and probably themselves it was good to get the win, get by this game, and start getting ready for bigger test down the road.

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