Saturday, September 12, 2015

Halftime: Michigan 17, Oregon State 7

                                              Photo Credit: Geno Green

Oregon State struck first as Seth Collins found Hunter Jarmon in the corner  of the end zone for a 21-yard TD reception and put it where no defender could deflect it to go up 7-0.

Both teams exchanged fumbles on their next possessions as Oregon State’s Rommel Mageo went untouched up the middle and sacked Rudock and recovered the fumble in sync.

On Oregon State's possession after the fumble, Joe Bolden was in the right place at the right time as he recovered Victor Bolden’s fumble in mid-air for 18 yards and led to Michigan’s first points of the game as Kenny Allen booted a 39-yard FG inside the left hash mark with 8:20 left in the first quarter.

Michigan’s offense began to wake up around the five-minute mark of the second quarter as Harbaugh took a chance and went for it on 4th and 5 as Rudock found DeVeon Smith in the slot for a 20-yard gain to the OSU 8. 

Smith would pound the ball in from a yard out to give Michigan its first lead of the game at 10-7 with 4:03 left in the first half.

Michigan’s defense began to close Seth Collins’ running lanes, leading to more three and outs in the second quarter.

Oregon State’s problems would multiply after an illegal formation which nullified a punt that would have started U-M’s drive at its own 2.

Instead, the Beavers’ next punt turned chaotic as the snap went over Nick Porebski’s head, leading to a 48-yard loss and the ball going back on downs to the Wolverines at the OSU 3.

Michigan would capitalize as Smith rushed for his second touchdown of the half from a yard out to go into the half ahead 17-7.

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