Wolverines roll over Western Michigan
Written by Matt Pargoff   


Coming off a disappointing defeat in the opening week of the season, the Wolverines were looking for a big bounce back performance at home against Western Michigan, and that’s exactly what they got. Grabbing a big lead early, Michigan dominated on both sides of the ball, beating their in-state foe 49-3.

Outgaining the Broncos 451-208, the Wolverines had a chance to show strides on offense, breaking a nearly year-long drought in wide receiver touchdown catches, while also having success on the ground.

“I thought the [offensive line] played really good,” head coach Jim Harbaugh noted. “Tip of the cap anytime the running game goes over 300 yards. Pass protection was really good. I just thought they were really sound, making the right calls, getting on the right people. That was a phase that was really good today. Even on some of the longer drop back throws, there was a clean pocket there.”

Karan Higdon led the Michigan rushing attack with 13 carries for 156 yards and a touchdown, while Chris Evans racked up 86 yards on 10 carries, reaching the end zone twice. Shea Patterson completed 12-of-17 passes for 125 yards and three touchdowns, connecting with seven different targets.

Improving to 1-1 on the season, the Wolverines will play host next week to SMU at 3:30 p.m. eastern on Big Ten Network.

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