Michigan runs wild over UNLV 28-7

If Michigan football isn’t officially back under coach Jim Harbaugh, it’s getting close. The Wolverines entered the Big House looking for a big win today over the visiting UNLV Runnin’ Rebels of the Mountain West, and got just that in winning 28-7 thanks to a running game that just could not be stopped.

UNLV entered the game looking for both its first win and a stronger performance after being destroyed 37-3 last weekend by UCLA, but their first drive immediately spelled trouble. A pass by quarterback Blake Decker was intercepted by Michigan cornerback Channing Stribling, and the Wolverines were immediately locked in on the ensuing drive.

Seven plays and 32 yards later, quarterback Jake Rudock found junior running back De’Veon Smith for a five-yard score to put the Wolverines up 7-0.

That would be the first and last passing touchdown of the game for Michigan, as the running game took over from there. Michigan put together 254 yards on the ground, with junior Ty Isaac leading the way with 114 yards and a touchdown on just eight carries. In fact, it was Isaac’s 76 yard run that put Michigan up top 21-0, with 36-yard end-around run by Jehu Chesson coming just minutes earlier.

Michigan would then go up 28-0 on a one-yard plow by senior fullback Sione Houma, the fact that it was his first career touchdown making the score all the more special.

The only scoring that UNLV could manage was a garbage-time 6-yard throw from Decker to receiver Devonte Boyd, and the Runnin’ Rebels fell to 0-3 in the first season of coach Tony Sanchez.

Simply put, Michigan’s defense was too much for UNLV. Despite out-passing the Wolverines 143-129, UNLV managed just 92 yards on the ground and looked lost on offense.

The same can be said for Michigan’s passing game, which once again looked inconsistent with Rudock under center. The Iowa graduate transfer missed a wide open Jake Butt in the first quarter, his throw way off line and overthrown when a simple loft pass would have sufficed.

But a win is still a win, and Michigan should have plenty of momentum at its back as it prepares for next weekend’s opponent, the BYU Cougars. Both teams have looked good over the past couple of weeks, so the anticipation leading up to it should be sky high.

UNLV, on the other hand, will head home still trying to figure things out. Fortunately for the Runnin’ Rebels, their next game comes against the Big Sky’s Idaho State Bengals. Perhaps a game against an FCS opponent is just what the team needs to get back in the saddle, but that doesn’t take away from one truth.

Against Michigan, the offensive attack was simply overmatched and, as a standard, unacceptable.

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