MICHIGAN SEASON RECAP
No. 12 Notre Dame, Sept. 1, 2018, South Bend, Indiana, 24-17
Michigan dropped its first game of the season at Notre Dame, 24-17. The
Irish were limited to 69 total yards and three points in the second half, but
U-M was unable to overcome a 21-10 halftime deficit.
Notre Dame led 21-3 when Ambry Thomas took a kickoff 99 yards for a
touchdown to trim the lead to 11 at halftime.
Michigan kept momentum in the second half, and Karan Higdon scored a
touchdown to put U-M within a score. But a Shea Patterson fumble on the
final drive ended the comeback attempt and sealed victory for the home team.
Western Michigan, Sept. 8, 2018, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 49-3
The Wolverines dismantled the Western Michigan Broncos in the home
opener by a score of 49-3; WMU’s only points came with fewer than four
Michigan doubled up WMU in total offense, 451 total yards to 208, and
U-M scored at least one touchdown in all four quarters as six different
players had touchdowns.
Karan Higdon celebrated his 22nd birthday with 156 rushing yards and a
touchdown on just 13 carries, while Chris Evans had 86 yards and two scores
on 10 carries.
On special teams, Khaleke Hudson blocking a WMU punt attempt and Joe
Hewlett returning it to the Bronco’s 24-yard line.
Southern Methodist, Sept. 15, 2018, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 45-20
Michigan kept rolling during its early-season home schedule, led by a
three-touchdown effort from wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and
an efficient offense which scored points on every possession over the final
Quarterback Shea Patterson threw three scores for the second straight
week and Josh Metellus added a 73-yard touchdown return for an
interception as the Wolverines ground down the Mustangs.
Nebraska, Sept. 22, 2018, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 56-10
Opening Big Ten play, Michigan produced 359 yards of offense more than
it allowed to Nebraska, limiting them to 132 yards with 71 in the fourth
quarter. The Wolverine defense totaled 14 tackles for loss and four sacks.
Karan Higdon dominated, rushing 12 times for 136 yards and an average
of 11.3 yards per play. Fullback Ben Mason ran six times and scored three
Donovan Peoples-Jones scored a 60-yard punt return touchdown, the
second of his career, but the special teamer of the day was punter Will Hart,
who set a Michigan record for single-game punting average when he posted
59.3 yards per kick, pinning Nebraska deep three times.
Northwestern, Sept. 29, 2018, Evanston, Illinois, 20-17
Michigan earned a comeback victory at Northwestern as the Wolverines
overcame a 17-0 halftime deficit to earn their first road win. The Wildcats
scored 17 points in the first quarter U-M shut them out and held them to
97 yards over the final three frames. Northwestern mustered 28 rushing
yards on 34 carries and U-M generated 10 tackles for loss and six sacks.
The biggest was a game-sealing sack from Josh Uche on the Wildcats’ final
drive after Shea Patterson engineered a 67-yard game-winning drive to take
Defensive lineman Chase Winovich led the way defensively with nine
tackles, including three for loss and one sack.
Maryland, Oct. 6, 2018, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 42-21
Homecoming in Ann Arbor saw Michigan double up Maryland, 42-21, with
U-M scoring on the ground, through the air, and on special teams. Quarterback
Shea Patterson threw for three touchdown passes while defensive back
Brandon Watson returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown.
Running back Karan Higdon had 103 yards on 25 carries and hit the 2,000-
yard rushing mark for his career.
U-M’s defense held the Terps to 42 yards of offense in the first half.
Maryland scored a first-quarter touchdown on special teams but was
otherwise shut out until the fourth quarter, when U-M had built a threescore
No. 15 Wisconsin, Oct. 13, 2018, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 38-13
The Wolverines used 320 yards rushing and a 14-minute advantage in time
of possession to come away with a 38-13 victory over Wisconsin. Michigan’s
defense held the Badgers to 2-of-11 on third down and forced a 7-of-20
passing line from quarterback Alex Hornibrook.
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