There were plenty of big plays during Saturday’s win for The University of Michigan, and the scoreboard can back that statement up, as the Wolverines walked away with a 52-14 victory over Appalachian State.
Devin Gardner and Devin Funchess both had three touchdowns each and De’Veon Smith scored twice. Hell, even linebacker Ben Gedeon scored a touchdown on a blocked punt recovery.
But the biggest and most important play of this game came in the third quarter, when Michigan’s run game, namely Derrick Green finally received the kick start it sorely needed.
Things started a bit slow for the rushing attack. The offensive line struggled in run blocking early on, but things finally clicked right before the half.
My key play was when Green rushed for sixty-two yards on one play in the third quarter. Now it wasn’t a touchdown, but it gave Green a shot in the arm that he needed, and lead to 170 total rushing yards from the sophomore running back.
Surprisingly, this wasn’t the only 60-plus yard run for the Wolverines. Smith also had a rush for 61 yards on his was to 115 total rushing yards.
Green ended his career day with one touchdown and impressed everyone at the Big House in the opener. Michigan definitely needs big things from both Green and Smith this year if they want to be a balanced, efficient offence.