Saturday, September 26, 2015

Halftime: Michigan 31, No. 22 BYU 0

                                      Photo Credit: Geno Green

On a warm, fall Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium, Michigan  showed up with something to prove on the national stage against No. 22-ranked BYU and answered the call in the first half.

Michigan would strike first on its second drive of the game, but a couple of plays helped set the tone– De'Veon Smith's 31-yard rush and Amara Darboh's acrobatic and twisting one-handed catch for a 21-yard reception. 

Those plays helped set up Rudock's first career-rushing touchdown with a three-yard dash into the end zone to open the scoring 9:08 into the game.

Rudock's 41-yard completion to tight end Jake Butt set up a splendid pass to Darboh for a 4-yd TD reception to put U-M in a comfortable position at 14-0 with 13:37 left in the half.

On the second play of Michigan's next drive, De'Veon Smith one-upped Darboh's first-quarter catch as he rammed right through a couple of BYU defenders with a rugged 60-yard TD run that was reminiscent of what an old-school Bo Schembechler team would look like back from in the 1970's and 80's.

After a second straight three and out by the Cougars, the Wolverines drove down the field for a 6-play, 59-yard drive in 3:26 to put Michigan ahead 28-0 with 6:57 left in the first half. 

Michigan placekicker Kenny Allen glided in a 40-yard field goal to make the score 31-0 at halftime.

BYU struggled to put anything together in the first half as it failed to reach the redzone and punted on all five of its possessions.

Key Stats:

BYU- Tanner Mangum- 4-of-13, 25 yards and Adam Hine- 8 rushes, 33 yards

Michigan- Jake Rudock- 9-of-14, 132 yards, 1 TD, De'Veon Smith- 13 rushes, 117 yards, 1 TD and Amara Darboh- 3 receptions, 43 yards, 1 TD