What we learned from Michigan Football's victory over Air Force


What we learned from Michigan Football's victory over Air Force

MI has survived its non-conference schedule despite the offensive woes. Last week MI knocked off Cincinnati on the strength of a 133-yard rushing performance from running back Ty Isaac.

ABOUT AIR FORCE (1-0): Arion Worthman threw for 172 yards and a career-high two touchdowns while adding another score on the ground against VMI to help the Falcons register the second-highest margin of victory in program history. All six of Worthman's other pass attempts were incomplete. On a fourth-quarter drive, with Air Force trailing 22-13, a promising drive was thwarted when the Falcons tried running Timothy McVey to the right side. Donovan Peoples-Jones scored the first touchdown of the game, and his collegiate career on a 79 yard punt return to the house.

The Falcons quickly matched that score with a big play of their own. Nordin's 10 field goals through three games will likely be the most in college football when the weekend comes to a close. He drilled his fifth of the game, a 36-yarder, in the opening minute of the fourth for a nine-point lead.

MI turned the ball over four times in its first two games and has relied heavily upon its defense, which has scored three touchdowns in 2017. Air Force has zero passing yards in the game. Speight didn't turn the ball over Saturday after two interceptions and a fumble in the first two games, but his stat line also didn't quiet his critics.

After a Wolverine drive stalled, the sophomore Nordin opened the scoring with a 35-yard field goal at the 10:51 juncture of the first quarter to give MI a 3-0 advantage.

Nordin's 35-yard field goal gave MI an early advantage. He completed 14 of his 23 attempts for 169 yards through the air, at times overlooking open targets or missing them when he did spot them. The usually unflappable MI quarterback looked considerably flapped late in the third quarter Saturday while an equally flummoxed home crowd booed the Wolverines offense for the second straight week. Air Force's last victory over a Top 10 opponent came against No. 9 Notre Dame in 1995.

MI quarterback Wilton Speight was never pulled from the game, but his day was far from impressive as the leader of a MI offense still trying to find itself three weeks into the season. The Falcons are 4-6 following an off-week under coach Troy Calhoun.