Quinn Nordin kicks No. 7 MI past Air Force

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MI knocked off Air Force on Saturday afternoon, but the team's red zone struggles were on full display yet again. MI kicker Quin Nordin converted all five of his field goal attempts. Air Force probably needed to get a touchdown on the drive anyway, but the missed field goal midway through the fourth quarter felt like a near knockout blow for an Air Force offense not known for quick drives.

Interestingly, Air Force did not attempt a single pass during the first half - either by quarterback Arion Worthman or anyone else. Next week, the Wolverines head to Purdue to take on a Boilermaker team that has looked like a new program this season under new head coach Jeff Brohm. The Wolverines drove 32 yards on 11 plays, and - once again - reached the 7-yard line and settled for Nordin's 29-yard field goal to build a 19-13 lead.

Meanwhile, Michigan's defense, which had started some preparations for Air Force during spring practice, held the Falcons to 232 yards, including 169 rushing.

People-Jones gathered in Charlie Scott's 53-yard punt, weaved around defenders and eluded Scott's tackle attempt at the 10 to give MI a 16-6 lead 1:09 into the second half.

The Wolverines increased their lead to 22-13 on yet another drive that stalled in the red zone.

With starting tailback Ty Isaac in the locker room late in the game getting looked at for an abdominal or back injury per MI radio, Karan Higdon took advantage and polished off the Wolverines' scoring with a 36-yard touchdown run. A 25-yard return from Peoples-Jones gave MI starting position at the Air Force 46.

Speight completed two pass plays of at least 30 years early in the second quarter but MI had to settle for Nordin's 26-yard field goal.

The teams traded field goals throughout the first half and the Wolverines emerged with a 9-6 lead.

For the third straight week, Michigan's offense continued to sputter at best, leaving some questions for the Wolverines as they prepare to enter Big Ten play next week.

With its initial setback Air Force fell even at 1-1 on the season.

MI was unable to convert two early red-zone visits into touchdowns, which has been a trend through three games. Robert Bullard's recovery of a Chris Evans fumble at the Wolverines 44 set up the Falcons' first score, a 37-yard field goal by Strebel.

Air Force found itself down 16-6 after Peoples-Jones ran back the punt with 13:51 to go in the third quarter.



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