The Michigan Wolverines improved to 5-0 (2-0 Big Ten) Saturday afternoon as they defeated the Wisconsin Badgers, 14-7.
The win on Saturday marks Michigan’s first win over an AP top ten team since 2008. If you like defense, this was a game you loved. Things started out great for the Wolverines, as they forced Wisconsin to punt on their first drive. The Wolverines eventually punted the ball away on their first drive, and then forced yet another punt. Michigan didn’t mess around on their second drive, as they took the ball 77 yards on 11 plays, and Khalid Hill punched the ball in the end zone, to start the second quarter. Michigan would hold on to a 7-0 lead as they went into halftime, but only because of two missed Kenny Allen field goals (31 yards, and 43 yards).
Wisconsin made some adjustments in the locker room, and came out ready to play in the second half. The Badgers scored on their first possession, in just five plays, as Alex Hornibrook found Dare Ogunbowale for a 17-yard pitch-and-catch score. Michigan drove the ball 64 yards on their next drive, but for the third time in the game, would miss a field goal. This time it was sophomore kicker, Ryan Tice from 40 yards out. The game would hold at a 7-7 stalemate, until 7:56 left in the fourth quarter. Senior receiver, Amara Darboh, used his speed to blow past the defense, and Wilton Speight found him for a 46-yard touchdown.
The Badger offense got two more cracks at tying the game at 14, but both drives ultimately ended in an Alex Hornibrook interception (one by Channing Stribling, and one by Jourdan Lewis). This was a HUGE TEAM win for the Wolverines, as they were able to knock off a top ten opponent. Multiple Wolverines played a role in the victory on Saturday afternoon, but a few played above the rest. Let’s see who are “Harbaugh’s Heroes” this week.
Channing Stribling, Cornerback, Senior
I am a sucker for a great defense…so naturally I love this year’s Wolverines. Saturday was no exception as Michigan only gave up 7 points to the #8 ranked team in the country. Channing Stribling was a huge reason for that stat. Stribling tallied 2 tackles, 2 pass breakups and 2 interceptions Saturday. Not a huge statistical day for the senior, but he came up with some very timely plays. One of which came in the fourth quarter, as he intercepted Alex Hornibrook’s pass, and all but ended the Badgers hopes of a come back victory.
With All-American corner, Jourdan Lewis playing on the opposite side of the field, Stribling will be key to the Wolverines pass defense all season. Teams will try their best to avoid throwing Lewis’s way, which will lead to Stribling seeing a lot of action. Last season, he split a lot of time with Jeremy Clark, but the Wolverines lost Clark to a knee injury last week. Stribling will be the man the rest of the season, and I’m excited to see what he can do. Michigan is in good hands with Lewis and Stribling controlling receivers at the line.
Ryan Glasgow, Defensive tackle, Senior
Again…I love defense! Glasgow had a great game Saturday as he led the Wolverine defensive line. Glasgow totaled 5 tackles, 1 pass break up and was credited with a half sack. Wisconsin made it clear from the first snap, that they wanted to get their running back Corey Clement involved in the game. However, Glasgow had different plans. He, alongside the rest of the Wolverine defensive front shut him down. Clement was only able to total 68 yards on 17 attempts (4-yard average), with no touchdowns. Glasgow was a huge part of the defensive line last year, and is off to another hot start this year. Look for him to be very involved as the season goes on.
Jourdan Lewis, Cornerback, Senior
I’ll just leave this here….
Michigan will throw on its white jerseys for the first time this season as they travel to New Jersey to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, under first year head coach Chris Ash. The game is set to kickoff at 8:00 pm ET, and Jim Harbaugh will do everything he can to prevent a “trap game”. It’s easy to have a bit of a big victory hangover when you travel, but I look for the Wolverines to come out ready to play. I look forward to another great Big Ten matchup. Go Blue!