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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan is winning the game, but don't read into it too much. The Wolverines generated just 35 yards in the quarter and would be trailing if not for several Utah mistakes.
Despite having an All-American kicker/punter in Louie Sakoda, Utah's special teams have been downright awful. After Michigan went three-and-out on the game's first possession, Utes return man Jereme Brooks fumbled a punt, setting up a Wolverines touchdown. Then Sakoda had a game-tying extra-point try blocked by Michigan's Terrance Taylor. A personal foul penalty on a Michigan kickoff return set up great field position and the other Wolverines' score, a 50-yard field goal by K.C. Lopata.Wolverines starting quarterback Nick Sheridan has taken advantage of Utah's miscues, but he had an interception called back on a penalty and had another one slip through the fingers of a Utes defensive back. The good news for Michigan is both freshman running backs, Sam McGuffie and Michael Shaw, look explosive. Steven Threet has yet to enter the game.
As expected, Michigan's playcalling has been fairly conservative, mostly short, safe passes. Sheridan hasn't looked good on the deep passes but seems comfortable with short routes.
Utah quarterback Brian Johnson looks like a senior, consistently finding holes in the Wolverines secondary. He hit Brooks for a 55-yard gain to set up a touchdown.