Michigan football put together another dominant performance on Saturday against UNLV and here are the highlights, as well as gut reactions.
If there were a few areas of concern following the first Michigan football game of the season, the Wolverines did their best to wipe those away on Saturday against UNLV.
The running game was a question mark after Week 1, at least among some Michigan fans, but Blake Corum scored three rushing touchdowns and the offensive line was moving people around.
Michigan’s defense didn’t notch any sacks against East Carolina, but registered five sacks in the first half on Saturday. J.J. McCarthy was also spectacular.
McCarthy had one incompletion in the first half and ended the stanza with a touchdown pass to Roman Wilson. He finished 22-of-25 for 278 yards and two scores.
Early in the second half, McCarthy connected with Wilson for a fifth-touchdown pass this season, as well as the second in the game. Corum, who scored twice in the first half, hit paydirt in the third quarter, all while the defense stonewalled another opponent.
Wilson caught four passes for 89 yards. Cornelius Johnson had five receptions for 82 yards. He also ran it once for 26. Kenneth Grant continued his strong showing after the first game, notching 1.5 sacks — the team-high with Jaylen Harrell.
Derrick Moore, Mason Graham, and Mike Sainristil were all credited with at least 0.5 sacks in the win for the Wolverines.
UNLV is rebuilding. But Michigan looked exactly how it should look on Saturday and here are our gut reactions to the second straight win for the Wolverines.
Gut reactions from Michigan’s win over UNLV
- McCarthy was the star of the show again, but the running game looked much better.
- Blake Corum was more like Blake Courm too. You can see the confidence building which is a really good thing for the Wolverines.
- You can also see the offensive line start to gel. Michigan started the same five and they were much better, despite another fourth-down stop.
- Michigan needs to get more creative in those situations. Corum is an elite short-yardage runner, but if teams are going to sell out for the run, call a play fake for once.
- That being said, Sherrone Moore made a big difference. The offense had a better rhythm.
- It’s hard to complain about anything we saw against UNLV. This Michigan team is as good as advertised and we have just one more warmup before Big Ten play.