Ann Arbor, Mich—Michigan Wolverines hosted the Bowling Green Falcons for their third and final out-of-conference matchup of the season. The Falcons arrived with a 1-1 record, eager to prove themselves against the mighty Wolverines. Little did they know, they were about to face an unstoppable force.
The game kicked off with a hint of uncertainty in the air as the Wolverines stumbled out of the gate. Michigan, notorious for its powerhouse football program, found itself in an unexpected struggle during the first half. Sloppiness marred the opening quarters as they turned the ball over three times, leaving fans on edge.
Wolverines quarterback J.J. McCarthy threw a career-high three interceptions and threw two touchdown passes to help No. 2 Michigan overcome a turnover-filled game in a 31-6 win over Bowling Green on Saturday in Ann Arbor.
“Put them all on me,” he said. “There’s a lot of stuff that obviously didn’t go my way, didn’t go the offense’s way.”
Bowling Green, with their fiery determination, didn’t make it easy for Michigan. The Falcons’ defense came ready to play, thwarting Michigan’s early attempts to assert their dominance. A field goal here, a defensive stop there, and suddenly the underdogs from Bowling Green found themselves in an unlikely position, trailing only 10-6 at halftime.
It was a first half that left many in the stadium and at home scratching their heads. Was this the same Wolverines team that had been dominant in their previous games? Were the Falcons about to pull off a shocking upset?
McCarthy, found his rhythm and began threading the needle with precision passes. The running game, led by star running back Blake Corum, started churning out yards. The Wolverines’ offense, once stalled, now looked unstoppable.
The Falcons (1-2) forced three turnovers in the first half and kicked two field goals to stay within a point deep into the second quarter.
Michigan’s defense, put on a clinic. They forced turnovers, sacked the Falcons’ quarterback, and swarmed to the ball with a ferocity that shook the stadium. Bowling Green’s offense was held in check for the remainder of the game.
With each passing minute, it became clear that the Wolverines had shaken off their first-half jitters and were back to their dominant ways. bulldozed his way into the end zone for two more touchdowns, securing a comfortable lead for Michigan.
“Our kids love playing in these games, and these games are awesome, trust me,” Bowling Green coach Scot Loeffler said. “But at times, there’s a price for them, too. Unfortunately, the football gods gave us some misfortune with some injuries.”
As the final whistle blew, the scoreboard displayed a convincing 31-6 victory for the Wolverines. The crowd erupted in jubilation, and players celebrated a hard-fought win that showcased their resilience.
Michigan: Plays Rutgers (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten) in a fourth straight game at the Big House.