Oh, so that’s what the offense is supposed to look like.
After struggling offensively against Utah last Saturday, the Michigan football team (1-1) showed a better glimpse what its new spread offense can do when running on all cylinders in a 16-6 win over Miami (Ohio).
The Wolverines drove 77 yards in 2:04 for a touchdown on their first possession. In a nearly flawless drive, none of their five plays went for less than five yards.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Steven Threet, in his first-career start, hit freshman Martavious Odoms in the slot on Michigan’s opening play. Odoms raced 50 yards upfield through space before being brought down by Robbie Wilson.
On the drive’s fifth play, Threet faked to freshman Sam McGuffie and ran in unscathed for the score from nine yards out. Besides a play where Threet dropped the ball while trying to pass and scrambled for a loss, he had four carries for 36 yards.
Miami (0-2) fumbled from its own 36-yard line on its ensuing possession when Miami center Josh Satterthwait snapped the ball too early. Michigan used the short field to set up a 47-yard K.C. Lopata field goal.
After the RedHawks cut the lead to 10-6 with a pair of field goals before junior Brandon Minor had a 15-yard touchdown run with 8:12 left in the game.
McGuffie led the Wolverines with 74 yards on 17 carries.
Michigan had 139 yards of offense in the first quarter but just 75 in the second and third quarters combined.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Nick Sheridan, last week’s starter, didn’t play until 3:50 remained in the first half. He scrambled for nine yards on 3rd-and-10, leading to a three-and-out.
Threet started the second half, but Sheridan replaced him again in the second half.
Threet went 6-for-13 for 63 yards. Sheridan was 4-for-5 for 40 yards.