Michigan defense, run game fuels win

September, 24, 2011
9/24/11
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The Brady Bowl is all over, and Brady Hoke's new crew beat his old one.

Let's take a look ...

Michigan 28, San Diego State 7: The Wolverines won this game because of two reasons, one a surprise and the other certainly not. The defense put together its best performance of the young season, making big stops and keeping San Diego State off of the scoreboard for nearly three quarters. Aztecs star RB Ronnie Hillman got his yards (110) but didn't really hurt the Wolverines, who received some nice performances from DE Craig Roh and the front seven. While a more polished passing team will hurt Michigan, the defense is taking some very important steps.

The other reason for victory was the run game, led by, who else, Denard Robinson (200 rush yards, 3 TDs). The junior QB repeatedly gashed San Diego State when operating in the shotgun spread, and he and the other ball-carriers received plenty of help from the offensive line. Still, it's tough to fully buy Michigan after watching Robinson struggle with his passing again (8-for-16, 2 INTs).

The Wolverines won't win many Big Ten games with four turnovers, especially three after halftime. The defense prevented the mistakes from hurting today, but Michigan still has a lot to clean up.

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