MI defense helps Wolverines past Cincinnati


"The theme is you have to get experience", MI head coach Jim Harbaugh said.

MI then answered later in the quarter with a seven-play touchdown drive. "We just came out and got going and tried to fight our way through it". MI allowed just 200 total yards and held Cincinnati to 13 first downs. Sophomore Kekoa Crawford had his best game in a MI uniform, catching four passes for 83 yards and a score, and Speight came up big when it mattered, especially on a 36-yard third-quarter pass to redshirt junior tight end Zach Gentry to set up a 33-yard touchdown strike to junior Grant Perry and a fourth-and-eight 20-yard completion to Crawford thrown on a line in the fourth quarter.

Cincinnati's Hayden Moore was 15 of 40 for 132 yards with a TD pass to Kahlil Lewis that cut Michigan's lead to 17-14 in the third quarter.

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MI and Cincinnati are playing on ABC.

The Wolverines took a 14-0 lead on a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown by junior Tyree Kinnel with 6:50 left in the first quarter, but Cincinnati (1-1) closed to within 14-7 with 2:13 to go in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Mike Boone. The Wolverines broke out of their doldrums with an 80-yard, seven play scoring drive that got a boost from a 36-yard pass play from Speight to tight end Zach Gentry. But there was never the same defensive spark that we saw the previous week. With the win, MI improved to 115-18-3 all-time in home openers.

The Wolverines entered as enormous favorites but had to overcome early turnovers and an uneven performance by quarterback Wilton Speight and the offense.

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The Cincinnati Bearcats (1-0) are coming from a 26-14 win over the Austin Peay Governors last week. The Bearcats will visit Miami (Ohio) next Saturday and Navy on September 23. After rushing for 114 yards on just 11 carries against Florida last week he totaled 133 yards on 20 carries Saturday, though he didn't find the end zone. MI can run and play defense.

MICHIGAN: The Wolverines were humbled a week after beating Florida 33-17 and found out they have a lot of work to do. Attendance for the game was 111,384.

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