If you thought the Michigan offense was going to take it to the Akron Zips like they did in the first half against Notre Dame last Saturday night, you were sorely mistaken. They managed to play their ugliest quarter of football this season in the second quarter which led to just a 7-3 lead over their MAC opponent.
It started with a missed Brendan Gibbons‘ field goal and got worse from there. Three-straight turnovers kept the Zips within striking distance at halftime as Michigan showed a lack of focus.
Devin Gardner lost a fumble at the Akron 10-yard line after a lengthy Michigan drive in the second quarter. He then threw two interceptions on Michigan’s final two drives of the half on throws that never should have been made. Ball security clearly wasn’t one of his top priorities as he threw into double- and triple-coverage and tried to force the issue on multiple throws.
His, and Michigan’s for that matter, only touchdown of the first half came after tight end Devin Funchess turned a short slant route into an impressive 48-yard score on their first possession of the game. It was all downhill from there.
Michigan was able to move the ball, but Gardner’s errors were costly and took points off the board. A lot of credit for his poor start to the game goes to Akron’s defensive line, and more notably C.J. James. He was able to tackle Fitzgerlad Toussaint in the backfield multiple times and disrupt Gardner’s timing.
Perhaps it is just a lapse moment after a big win, but the Michigan offense and Garnder played the most forgettable half of the season today against the Zips.