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No. 7 Michigan leans on kicking game, beats Air Force 29-13

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Wilton Speight handed the ball to Ty Isaac, who was stopped for a loss, and No. 7 Michigan had to settle for a field goal. Again.

The Wolverines overcame their offensive struggles, with Donovan Peoples-Jones returning a punt 79 yards for a score and Quinn Nordin tying a school record with five field goals in a 29-13 win over Air Force.

While the Wolverines are still undefeated, they have a lot of work to do on offense. In the red zone, their struggles have played out for all to see and Speight didn't hide his feelings in one, raw moment Saturday.

Michigan has had 10 drives inside opponents' 20, including four against the Falcons, and has scored only one TD with those opportunities.

Speight had an option to call a run or a pass when Isaac was tackled behind the line in the third quarter and reacted to the result by flailing his arms.

''I should probably keep that in,'' the quarterback said. ''Obviously, the frustration built up. They fooled us. We thought we had the look we wanted and as soon as I went down to focus on the snap, they brought the house.''

Instead of criticizing his team's lack of production in the red zone, Jim Harbaugh gave credit to Air Force's coaching.

''They definitely called the better play on some of our red-zone throws and runs,'' Harbaugh said.

The Wolverines (3-0) didn't lead by more than three points until Peoples-Jones' touchdown early in the third quarter, and late scores turned a closely contested game into a relatively lopsided score.

The Falcons (1-1) failed to convert a pass until Arion Worthman threw a short slant to Ronald Cleveland and the receiver turned it into a 64-yard TD with 11:54 left in the quarter that pulled the service academy to within three points. That was their only completion of the game.

''It felt like there were 13 guys out there sometimes,'' Worthman said. ''They were flying around there for sure.''

Air Force had won seven straight, dating to last season, including a win over No. 20 Boise State.

THE TAKEAWAY

AIR FORCE: The young Falcons should leave the Big House encouraged that they were competitive in a game they were expected to lose by three-plus TDs.

MICHIGAN: The Wolverines are off to an awesome start on defense and special teams, but their woes on offense will catch up to them against better competition.

JUST FOR KICKS

Nordin helped Michigan pull away with field goals in the third and fourth quarters. Mike Gillette (1988), J.D. Carlson (1990) and K.C. Lopata (2008) also kicked five field goals in a game for the Wolverines.

ON OFFENSE

Speight was 14 of 23 for 169 yards, missing some targets and having some passes dropped. Isaac ran for 89 yards on 16 carries for the Wolverines. He was slow to get up after getting tackled on his last carry in the fourth quarter and didn't return, but replacement Karan Higdon didn't think it was a serious injury.

''I'm pretty sure he's good,'' said Higdon, who sealed the victory with a 36-yard TD run with 1:02 left.

Worthman ran for just 60 yards on 26 carries, directing Air Force's triple-option offense, which wasn't very effective when the option was to throw. Worthman was 1 of 7 and his replacement, Nate Romine, threw an interception on two attempts.

''They're a stout group. Impressive squad,'' Air Force coach Troy Calhoun said. ''Certainly may win a bunch of football games this year. Their size, their athleticism, they're a pretty complete group.''

UP NEXT

AIR FORCE: Hosts San Diego State on Saturday in their Mountain West opener.

MICHIGAN: Plays at Purdue on Saturday in their Big Ten opener before coming home to play rival Michigan State for the first time at the Big House since the Spartans turned a botched punt into dramatic victory.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:02
3-Q.Nordin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
29
Touchdown 1:02
22-K.Higdon runs 36 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
35
yds
03:48
pos
13
28
Field Goal 14:19
3-Q.Nordin 36 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
-46
yds
00:41
pos
13
22
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:03
3-Q.Nordin 29 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
-22
yds
05:18
pos
13
19
Point After TD 11:54
11-L.Strebel extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
16
Touchdown 11:54
2-A.Worthman complete to 3-R.Cleveland. 3-R.Cleveland runs 64 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
17
yds
01:57
pos
12
16
Point After TD 13:51
3-Q.Nordin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
16
Touchdown 14:10
91-C.Scott punts 53 yards from AF 26. 9-D.Peoples-Jones runs 79 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
79
yds
0:00
pos
6
15
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:09
3-Q.Nordin 49 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
-25
yds
03:13
pos
6
9
Field Goal 8:42
11-L.Strebel 50 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
15
yds
03:06
pos
6
6
Field Goal 11:51
3-Q.Nordin 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
21
yds
03:09
pos
3
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:06
11-L.Strebel 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
45
yds
6:05
pos
3
3
Field Goal 10:55
3-Q.Nordin 35 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
9
yds
04:05
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 15 17
Rushing 10 11
Passing 1 6
Penalty 4 0
3rd Down Conv 3-13 5-14
4th Down Conv 1-1 1-1
Total Net Yards 209 348
Total Plays 58 65
Avg Gain 3.6 5.4
Net Yards Rushing 168 190
Rush Attempts 49 42
Avg Rush Yards 3.4 4.5
Net Yards Passing 41 158
Comp. - Att. 1-9 14-23
Yards Per Pass 4.6 6.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-23 2-11
Penalties - Yards 6-58 2-10
Touchdowns 1 2
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 0 1
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 6-38.5 3-37.0
Return Yards 45 154
Punts - Returns 0-0 2-104
Kickoffs - Returns 3-45 3-50
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 3/4 7/7
Extra Points 1/1 2/2
Field Goals 2/3 5/5
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Air Force 1-1 337013
7 Michigan 3-0 36101029
41 PASS YDS 158
168 RUSH YDS 190
209 TOTAL YDS 348
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Worthman 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
14.3% 64 1 0 138.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
47.4% 236 3 0 203.8
A. Worthman 1/7 64 1 0
N. Romine 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 1 -100.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 18 0 1 37.8
N. Romine 0/2 0 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. McVey 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 62 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 160 1
T. McVey 11 62 0 27
A. Worthman 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
26 60 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 93 1
A. Worthman 26 60 0 34
P. Wilson 36 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 69 0
P. Wilson 8 21 0 6
R. Cleveland 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 49 1
R. Cleveland 2 14 0 9
N. Romine 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 44 0
N. Romine 1 12 0 12
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
R. Cleveland 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 64 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 64 1
R. Cleveland 1 64 1 64
J. Sanders 7 LB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Sanders 0 0 0 0
R. Reffitt 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 19 0
R. Reffitt 0 0 0 0
T. McVey 33 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 77 0
T. McVey 0 0 0 0
G. Sanders 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 62 2
G. Sanders 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Griffin 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
M. Griffin 9-1 0.0 0
G. Kauppila 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
G. Kauppila 8-0 0.0 0
J. Flor 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
J. Flor 7-3 0.0 0
S. Coppola 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
S. Coppola 6-0 0.0 0
G. Ross 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
G. Ross 6-0 1.0 0
S. Vereen 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
S. Vereen 4-1 0.0 0
K. Floyd 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
K. Floyd 4-1 0.0 0
B. Baldwin 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
B. Baldwin 3-0 0.0 0
J. Sanders 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Sanders 2-1 0.0 0
C. Moorhead 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
C. Moorhead 1-1 0.0 0
J. Ksiazek 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Ksiazek 1-0 0.0 0
R. Darby 57 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Darby 1-0 0.0 0
M. Evans 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
M. Evans 1-0 1.0 0
M. Fifita 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Fifita 1-0 0.0 0
C. Gessler 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Gessler 0-1 0.0 0
R. Bullard 16 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
R. Bullard 0-1 0.0 0
M. Capra 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
M. Capra 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
L. Strebel 11 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 1/1
SEASON FG XP
2/3 7/7
L. Strebel 2/3 50 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Scott 91 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 38.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
8 39.3 0
C. Scott 6 38.5 0 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. McVey 33 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 15.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 15.0 17 0
T. McVey 3 15.0 17 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
W. Speight 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.9% 169 0 0 122.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.5% 571 3 2 124.5
W. Speight 14/23 169 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Isaac 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 89 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
47 336 0
T. Isaac 16 89 0 32
K. Higdon 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 64 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
23 105 2
K. Higdon 12 64 1 36
C. Evans 12 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 30 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 123 0
C. Evans 6 30 0 10
E. McDoom 13 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
E. McDoom 2 6 0 5
K. Hill 80 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 10 0
K. Hill 2 5 0 3
W. Speight 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 -25 0
W. Speight 3 -3 0 8
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Black 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 55 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 149 1
T. Black 5 55 0 24
D. Peoples-Jones 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 52 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 52 0
D. Peoples-Jones 2 52 0 37
Z. Gentry 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 71 0
Z. Gentry 1 30 0 30
E. McDoom 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 14 0
E. McDoom 2 14 0 9
G. Perry 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 124 1
G. Perry 2 12 0 13
T. Isaac 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 6 0
T. Isaac 2 6 0 8
K. Crawford 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 86 1
K. Crawford 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Bush 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 1.0
D. Bush 9-2 1.0 0
C. Winovich 15 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 1.5
C. Winovich 7-2 1.5 0
M. McCray 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 0 0.0
M. McCray 7-3 0.0 0
J. Metellus 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
J. Metellus 5-1 0.0 0
K. Hudson 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
K. Hudson 5-0 0.0 1
D. Long 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
D. Long 4-1 0.0 0
R. Gary 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.5
R. Gary 3-3 0.5 0
L. Hill 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
L. Hill 3-0 0.0 0
N. Furbush 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
N. Furbush 2-3 0.0 0
M. Hurst 73 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Hurst 2-0 0.0 0
B. Watson 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Watson 1-0 0.0 0
T. Kinnel 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.0
T. Kinnel 0-1 0.0 0
J. Woods 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Woods 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Q. Nordin 3 K
IN-GAME FG XP
5/5 2/2
SEASON FG XP
11/13 9/9
Q. Nordin 5/5 49 2/2 17
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
W. Hart 17 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 37.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
12 37.9 1
W. Hart 3 37.0 1 45
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Crawford 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 17.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 18.3 19 0
K. Crawford 2 17.0 19 0
B. Hawkins 20 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
B. Hawkins 1 16.0 16 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Peoples-Jones 9 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 52.0 79 1
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 16.3 79 1
D. Peoples-Jones 2 52.0 79 1
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:46 AF 17 2:35 5 15 Punt
6:15 MICH 44 6:09 12 50 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:48 AF 25 3:06 7 42 FG
5:35 AF 16 2:06 3 3 Punt
0:04 AF 25 0:00 1 -1 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AF 25 0:50 4 73 TD
13:51 AF 25 1:57 5 17 TD
10:27 AF 34 1:56 3 -13 Punt
2:55 AF 19 1:28 4 7 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:11 AF 15 6:49 16 73 FG Miss
6:10 AF 40 1:13 3 -4 Punt
1:02 AF 25 0:35 4 12 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MICH 25 4:05 11 59 FG
8:04 MICH 24 1:44 4 20
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MICH 15 3:09 8 76 FG
8:31 MICH 16 2:49 5 23 Punt
3:22 AF 40 3:13 6 9 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:51 AF 7 0:00 1 -58
11:49 MICH 20 1:16 3 5 Punt
8:21 AF 43 5:18 11 -22 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 AF 19 0:41 4 -46 FG
7:19 MICH 20 1:03 4 15 Punt
4:50 MICH 27 3:48 10 73 TD
0:19 MICH 16 0:00 1 -1 End of game