September 16, 2017
ANN ARBOR — Michigan will walk into the locker room with a lead, but it’s been another ugly first half with the football.
The Wolverines totaled 187 yards offensively but managed just a trio of field goals, edging Air Force 9-6 after two quarters at Michigan Stadium.
Redshirt freshman Quinn Nordin connected from 36, 26 and 49 yards out, respectively, but Michigan had two drives inside the Air Force red zone stall out.
Quarterback Wilton Speight, expected to bounce back after a two-fumble game against Cincinnati, is 7 for 12 for 105 yards. He was sacked on back-to-back plays in the second quarter, fumbling on the second. Michigan recovered, but a drive that began at the Air Force 40-yard line netted just 5 yards and another field goal.
Defensively, Michigan (2-0) is holding its own against the triple-option offense. The Falcons have rushed for 91 yards, including 58 from quarterback Arion Worthman, and settled for a pair of field goals of their own.
Air Force placekicker Luke Strebel set a career high with a 50-yard field goal at 3:11 of the second quarter.
Ty Isaac (61 yards) leads the Wolverines in rushing for a third straight game, while sophomore Chris Evans has been absent since fumbling the football at 6:15 of the first quarter.
Air Force (1-0) is coming off a 62-0 win over VMI in Week 1. The Falcons have not allowed a touchdown in eight straight quarters dating back to last season.