Live updates: Michigan Wolverines football vs. Colorado State – Detroit News

  • September 20, 2022

Michigan had a perfect start to its Big Ten title defense in Saturday’s 51-7 blowout of Colorado State in the season opener. The Wolverines didn’t miss a step defensively without Aidan Hutchinson as they held the visiting Rams scoreless for nearly the entire game and the offense built an insurmountable lead.
The debate at starting quarterback rages on as both Cade McNamara and J.J. McCarthy contributed touchdowns in the rout and guided the offense effectively against the overmatched Colorado State defense.
McNamara played most of the game, going 9-for-18 for 136 yards and one touchdown while McCarthy was 4-for-4 for 30 yards and added 50 rushing yards and a touchdown. 
– 4Q 1:43 Freshman quarterback Alex Orji scored the first touchdown of his career on a read option to put Michigan up 51-7. 
– 4Q 7:20 A third quarterback, graduate student Alan Bowman, checks in late in the blowout for the Wolverines as they burn the clock. 
– 4Q 8:59 After driving into Michigan territory, Colorado State opened it up and Millen found Tory Horton in the back of the end zone for Colorado State’s first points of the game to make it 44-7. 
– 4Q 14:12 A well-manufactured drive by J.J. McCarthy and the Michigan offense ends with a one-yard Donovan Edwards exclamation point. The rout is on in Ann Arbor as the Wolverines lead 44-0. 
– (End of 3rd) It looks like Cade McNamara’s day may be done. McCarthy stayed in at quarterback after the touchdown and has the Wolverines in the red zone again entering the fourth quarter. 
– 3Q 3:35 Michigan’s defense turned up the heat again on fourth down to get a sack to force the turnover on downs. This time it was senior defensive end Mazi Smith to maintain the shutout. McCarthy is staying in the game at quarterback after the touchdown run.
– 3Q 6:08 J.J. McCarthy made his first claims for the starting quarterback position after breaking a 20-yard run for a touchdown to put Michigan up 37-0. The talented sophomore subbed in for McNamara and Michigan quickly moved 38 yards on the ground for the score. 
– 3Q 9:20 The suffocating performance from Michigan’s defense continued after the score and forced another quick Colorado State punt. The offense took over at its own 40. 
– 3Q 12:35 Colorado State started the second half with the ball but the dominant Wolverine defense quickly added to the lead itself. Colorado State quarterback Clay Millen was strip-sacked on third down and the ball was scooped up by DJ Turner and returned for a touchdown. 
– 2Q 0:16 Jake Moody added his third field goal of the first half to extend Michigan’s lead to 23 at the half. 
– 2Q 0:44 Colorado State kept the offense on the field for a fourth-and-5 on the Michigan 42-yard line but the Wolverines’ defense got its fourth sack of the day to force the turnover on downs. 
– Michigan imposed its will on the ground on the way to the end zone and punctuated the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run to put Michigan up 20. 
– 2Q 9:10 Transfer defensive end Eyabi Anoma got his first sack in a Michigan uniform on third down to force another Michigan punt. Michigan took over at the Colorado State 48-yard line.
– 2Q 10:45 J.J. McCarthy checked in for his first action of 2022 for the first two plays of the drive before giving way to McNamara. Neither quarterback could get anything going and Michigan went three-and-out. Colorado State takes over at its own 16. 
– 2Q 13:28 Michigan’s defense forced another easy three-and-out. The Wolverines take over at their own 35. 
– 2Q 14:48 The 14-play drive fell flat inside the 10-yard line, forcing Michigan to settle for another field goal in the red zone. Moody stepped up and hit the 26-yard field goal to put the Wolverines up 13-0. 
– (End of 1st) Michigan’s offense turned a nice blend of Blake Corum runs and short passes into a 12-play, 71-yard drive that ate up the last seven minutes of the first quarter. Michigan starts the second quarter on the Colorado State 10-yard line looking to extend its lead. 
– 1Q 6:45 The Michigan defense is holding its own and forced another punt at midfield. Michigan takes over on offense at its own 21. 
– 1Q 8:11 Michigan is unable to capitalize on the good field position and the drive stalls out in the red zone. Kicker Jake Moody connected on his first field goal of the season to put Michigan up 10-0. 
– 1Q 9:01 Michigan safety Rod Moore jumped in front of a Colorado State pass for an interception and returned the ball to the Colorado State 13-yard line. 
– 1Q 9:49 Roman Wilson took a first down bubble screen from Cade McNamara and burst past the Colorado State secondary for a 61-yard touchdown to give the defending Big Ten champions a 7-0 lead. 
– 1Q 10:27 Colorado State strung together two first downs before being stopped at midfield thanks to a third-down sack from wide receiver-turned defensive back Mike Sainristil. Michigan takes over at its own 20. 
– 1Q 14:15 Michigan’s offense was a little rusty out of the gate and starts the game with a three-and-out. Colorado State takes over at its own 20-yard line. 
– Colorado State wins the toss and defers. Cade McNamara and the Michigan offense takes the field first. 
What will Michigan do for an encore?
Coming off a successful season where they won the Big Ten title and reached the College Football Playoff, the Wolverines are aiming higher and are out to prove last year wasn’t a fluke.
They’ll get their first opportunity to do so in Saturday’s season opener against Colorado State, a team that has plenty of new faces on its roster and is led by new coach Jay Norvell.
Much of the attention, though, will likely focus on quarterback Cade McNamara, who will get the first crack at making his case to hold onto the starting job in a competition against J.J. McCarthy, and on a Michigan defense that must replace several key pieces under new coordinator Jesse Minter.
Follow along for live updates from Detroit News contributor Jared Ramsey.
Kickoff: Noon Saturday, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor
TV/radio: ABC/950
Records: Season opener for both teams
Series: Michigan leads 1-0
Line: Michigan by 30½

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