Detroit Sports

Saturday, September 18, 2004

A Close Call

After losing to their rivals Notre Dame last week 28-21, Michigan came back with a very close victory over unranked San Diego State. The final score was 24-21 Michigan.

San Diego State played much better than expected and gave Michigan a great game. Their defense played well and they held the lead going into halftime.

Michigan's freshman quarterback Chad Henne threw a 7-yard TD toss to Edwards less than five minutes into the third quarter to put Michigan up 24-21. That score proved to be the winning touchdown and was the lone score of the half.

The running game was the Wolverines strength in this game. Mike Hart replaced the injured Underwood and ran for 109 yards on 25 carries, including a 11 yard run on 3rd and 9 with less than 2 minutes in the game. That important first down allowed Michigan to run out the clock. The other 3 running backs for Michigan ran for 53 yards combined.

Braylon Edwards again had a huge game. He grabbed 8 catches for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Shazor picked off another pass for Michigan to help them win this game.

This game was hopefully a wakeup call for Michigan. After losing to Notre Dame you would think that they would be more ready for this game. Don't get me wrong, San Diego State played great but Michigan is supposed to be one of the best teams in the nation. Hopefully they will realize that they can't take any team lightly. They start Big Ten play next week against a very good Iowa team. They will need to play a great game if they want to start out the Big Ten schedule on the right foot.


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