M FOOTBALL- 2016: WOLVERINE’S SPECIAL TEAMS HELP TO BUFFALO COLORADO’S BUFFALOS 45-28.

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The Colorado Buffalos bulled their way into Michigan Stadium Saturday on the heels of two victories against football teams they overwhelmed. They stomped the Idaho State Bengals 56-7 last Saturday, and the week before they gored Colorado State 44-7. The came into Michigan Stadium very prepared, and not intimidated, and were very enthused.  They brought a hurry up offense, and some speedy skill players. For three quarters they gave the Wolverine team its first real test of the season, both offensively and defensively. They dominated the first quarter, besting both the Wolverine’s offense and defense.  The Wolverines special teams struck back first, before a 14 point lead in the early first quarter became a rout.

BUFFALOS WERE STILL GIDDY: The were still chortling regarding what they call the Miracle in Michigan, that devastating last seconds 64-yard Hail Mary winning heave from Kordell Stuart to Michael Westbrook in 1994. That heave was so sudden, perfect, stunning and devastating to M’s fortunes, many watching Wolverines also wanted to heave.

It was one of the most stunning college football plays I have ever seen. As a fan I sat there fully satisfied, basking in the light of an anticipated hard earned victory over a ranked opponent, just seconds away, only to be unbelievably denied, so quickly and oh so finally, by a successful Hail Mary.. It took a minute or two for reality to set in. When it did many wondered where the pass rush was, and why us?

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M FOOTBALL-2016: WOLVERINE SEASON BLASTS OFF BY DOMINATING HAWAII, 63 TO 3

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The anxiously awaited 2016 Wolverine Football season finally arrived Saturday on a beautiful afternoon, as it has on so many Saturday afternoons. There was a two jet flyover, the usual spectacle of band, cheerleaders, dancers, and luminaries such as Honorary Captain Michael Jordan, and former Michigan greats. The stands brimmed with over 110,000 fans.

But this year it was different. It was too early for the smell of burning autumn leaves, but after the game started there was the faint odor of 17 burning redshirts as 17 freshman committed themselves to using their first year of eligibility. What! Unheard of!

This year expanded fan expectations and a ton of hype roared down the tunnel along with the Wolverines. The Wolverines started the season projected as seventh nationally in the AP poll, but second to Ohio State in the Big Ten East race.

The demolition of the Rainbow Warriors Saturday will not diminish expectations, but maintain and encourage them. Even after careful consideration of the Rainbow Warriors many football shortcomings this year, this was an outstanding opening performance by the Wolverines, by both the youngsters and the old guard. The defense as a unit had ten TFLs, four sacks, two pick sixes, and a forced fumble. Hawaii was 1 for 11 on third downs. LBs Mike McCray, Jabrill Peppers and Ben Gedeon combined for 24 tackles.

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