Green leads Michigan past Miami (OH) 34-10
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Derrick Green ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and Michigan overcame three first-half turnovers to beat Miami (Ohio) 34-10 on Saturday.
The Wolverines (2-1) held the RedHawks (0-3) to eight first downs, but it wasn't a particularly impressive win against a Miami team that has lost 19 straight. Michigan was coming off a 31-0 loss to Notre Dame, and the Wolverines struggled to put this game away.
Standout wide receiver Devin Funchess, who appeared to hurt his leg against Notre Dame, did not suit up for Michigan. Devin Gardner went 13 of 20 for 184 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
It was tied at 10 in the second quarter when Michigan went on a six-play, 66-yard drive capped by Green's 1-yard scoring run. Gardner's 29-yard touchdown pass to Jake Butt made it 24-10 with 3:44 left in the third.
There were some empty seats in the northwest corner of Michigan Stadium, where students generally sit, but the announced crowd of 102,824 was enough to extend the team's streak to 253 home games of at least 100,000. Those fans weren't too pleased at the end of the first half, though.
Up 17-10, the Wolverines were facing fourth-and-1 from the Miami 32 with 1:00 remaining in the second quarter. After Miami took a timeout, Michigan was called for delay of game. After another Miami timeout, Michigan took another delay of game - the second one appeared intentional, to give the punter more room to pin the RedHawks back.
There were plenty of boos from the crowd, and punter Will Hagerup's kick went into the end zone for a touchback.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Monday that Funchess was ''fine'' - but he didn't play, and the Wolverines didn't look great without their top receiving target.
Gardner's 17-yard scoring pass to Amara Darboh gave Michigan a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Wolverines lost two fumbles and an interception in the second. The interception gave Miami the ball at the Michigan 35, and the RedHawks managed a field goal.
On the ensuing kickoff, Wyatt Shallman fumbled and Miami recovered at the Michigan 21. Andrew Hendrix threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Dawan Scott to tie it at 10.
The RedHawks haven't won since October 2012, and although they stayed close against Michigan, there wasn't much chance of an upset with Miami having so many problems moving the ball. Hendrix threw for 165 yards, but the RedHawks rushed for only 33.
Green made it 31-10 with a 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth.