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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Halftime: No. 4 Michigan 24, Colorado 21





The first half between Colorado and Michigan saw a little bit of everything.

Colorado used some flash on the game's first play as Jay Macintyre came around on a jet sweep off and completed it to Sefo Liufau for a 14-yard reception at the MICH 35.

Gabriel Peppers brought Colorado's Phillip Lindsay back down to reality on the next play with a jarring hit for a loss of two yards.

The Buffaloes could have plunged easily, but Liufau showed the senior leadership with a precise pass to Devin Ross for a 37-yard TD reception.

On Michigan's next drive, Speight took a shot from Chidobe Awuzie and fumbled the ball in the process as Derek McCartney recovered and scored from 18 yards out as Colorado jumped out to a 14-0 left with Michigan Stadium silenced.

Michigan's defense stopped Colorado on its third drive and executed a block punt with Grant Perry recovering with a six-yard TD.

With ease, Colorado used its up-tempo offense and raw speed on the next drive as Liufau connected with Ross on the left corner of the end zone from six yards out to go ahead 21-7.

Just when the Buffaloes looked to have the Wolverines on thin ice in the red zone, Diego Gonzalez's 36-yard attempt went wide right.

An opportunity awakened for Michigan as Jehu Chesson scored on a jet sweep from 17 yards with a superb block from tight end Khalid Hill.

Kenny Allen added a 37-yard field goal with 1:59 left in the first half to pull Michigan to within four of Colorado.

After a Colorado three and out, Michigan took advantage of the opportunity in one play with Amara Darboh's 45-yard touchdown reception from Speight as he tailed the sidelines to cap a wild first half on both sides.


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