This was the first weekend that the Wolverines didn’t win the turnover battle. Unfortunately for the Aztecs, it didn’t matter. Michigan dominated the game from the onset, and the turnovers in the second half proved to be trivial. So the game wasn’t won like every game has been; win the turnover battle, execute big plays while limiting the opponents, and ride Denard Robinson into the ground. They accomplished the latter two last Saturday. Brady Hoke and Al Borges coached against their former team on Saturday and there was no love lost even after Michigan dismantled the Aztecs. The two embraced their previous assistants, such as Rocky Long who had a glowing sentiment for Hoke, “Brady will win a National Championship her. I do not know how long it will take, but he will win one here.”
And why shouldn’t that be Long’s belief, his team was expected to put up a big fight in the Big House, against a B1G opponent, but was beaten decisively 28-7. The offensive stars were Michigan’s usual suspects, Denard Robinson and the Michigan running game. Robinson gained 200 yards on 21 carries, and the rest of the running game totaled 120 yards on 23 attempts (Toussaint 67 yards 13 carries, Smith 47 yards 9 carries, Hopkins 8 yards 1 carry, Team -2 yards 1 carry). Robinson scored three touchdowns, bringing his yearly total up to 10, and Smith contributed the other turnover. There were some new faces that carried the defense.
Jake Ryan seemed to be in the backfield all game long. He had 5 total tackles, along with one for a loss and two fumble recoveries. Ryan is only a freshman, but has certainly earned himself playing time going forward. Thomas Gordon had 7 tackles, a fumble recovery as well as a pass break up. Kenny Demens, Craig Roh and Ryan Van Bergen all chimed in with a forced fumble. Demens had 7 tackles, Van Bergen had a tackle for a loss, and Roh had two tackles for losses including a 14 yard sack.
San Diego State didn’t score their first touchdown until the game was decided (4 seconds left in the third quarter). Michigan was in cruise mode after the first two drives of the game, which ended in touchdowns. They added one in the second quarter, and a final touchdown in the forth. This game served a great tune-up for this week’s game versus Minnesota.