FOOTBALL: Michigan Defeats Middle Tennessee State 40-21

The Michigan Wolverines Defeated The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders 40-21 in yesterday’s home opener at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

It didn’t get off to a good start for the Wolverines as Michigan fumbled on the first drive of the game which caused a Middle Tennessee State recovery, and that led to a touchdown to put the Blue Raiders up 7-0 early on in the first. A Jake Moody field goal put the Wolverines on the board as the Blue Raiders still led 7-3.

The new-look offense got going late in the first quarter as Shea Patterson threw to Tarik Black for a touchdown as Michigan took a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was more like the first quarter as Shea Patterson threw a pass to Nico Collins for a 28-yard touchdown to put Michigan up 17-7. Michigan got another score this time is was Sean Mckeon who caught a pass from Patterson to make it a 24-7 Michigan lead. Middle Tennessee State then got another touchdown this time from Jarrin Pierce from quarter Asher O’Brien which made it a 10 point game. Jake Moody kicked a field goal at the end of the half to make it a 27-14 Michigan lead.

Michigan got back on the board in the third quarter when Dylan McCaffrey ran it in for a touchdown. Michigan failed the 2 point conversion though, so the score became 33-14 in the third quarter. Each team would score one more time in fourth, but Michigan would come away with the win beating Middle Tennessee State 40-21 to go 1-0 on the season.

Shea Patterson had a pretty good day as he threw for 203 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Freshman running back Zach Charbonnet also had a good day rushing for 90 yards on the day in his first collegiate game. Wide Reciever Tarik Black had a good day with 80 yards and one touchdown. Nico Collins had three catches for 49 yards plus a touchdown.

Michigan will take on the Army Black Knights on Saturday, September 7th. Coverage begins at Noon. The game will be on FOX as part of Fox’s Big Noon Saturday.