Michigan 31, EMU 3 first thoughts
This is just a quick recap of my first thoughts while watching the game. I haven’t had a chance to look at any stats, and the full recap will come late tomorrow.
On the whole, I was satisfied with what I saw from the EMU defense. I think a defense that can hold Michigan to 31 will fare reasonably well in the MAC — that’s better than Notre Dame did, and better than what Western Michigan allowed through less than three quarters. They had problems containing Denard, but then so does most of the Big (12) Ten.
The offense started quite strong, and EMU seemed to be in control of the game for the first quarter. Around the end of the first, there was a palpable sense of fear in the Michigan Stadium crowd.
Unfortunately, the EMU offense seemed to get tired after about 20 minutes of play, and the continued ineffectiveness of the passing game allowed the Wolverines to crowd the box and and focus on stopping the run. Which they did.
Even though the aggressive plays called in the first quarter didn’t pay off in and of themselves, they kept the Michigan defense guessing. But after that, the playcalling reverted to the conservative style we all know and…well, we all know it.
Based on what we saw today, I think EMU is going to be solidly in the middle of the MAC this year, and with improvements in the offense, could contend for a division title next year.