Michigan-Western Michigan Game Canceled At End Of 3rd Quarter; Wolverines Credited With 34-10 Win

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Weather Forces Cancellation Of Michigan-Western Michigan, Wolverines Win 34-10

A bizarre debut for new Michigan head coach Brady Hoke ended with a weather-shortened 34-10 victory over Western Michigan.

The game was stopped twice in the third quarter due to severe weather, and officials decided to call the game with Michigan winning 34-10. There was just over a minute left in the third quarter.

Hoke’s debut got off to a rocky start when Western ate up the first seven minutes on the game’s opening drive, a 76-yard march that ended in a 1-yard touchdown by Antoin Scriven.

Michigan answered with an eight minute drive, ending with a one yard plunge by Fitzgerald Toussaint that tied the game at 7-7.

The game quickly turned into the Brandon Herron Show after that. The Michigan linebacker intercepted WMU quarterback Alex Carder at the 6-yard line and romped 94 yards for a 14-7 Michigan lead with just under seven minutes left in the first half. It was a school record for an interception return.

Another short touchdown by Toussaint and a WMU field goal in the final minute led to a 20-10 halftime lead for Michigan.

Weather then struck just a minute into the third quarter, delaying the game a half hour. When play resumed, so did Herron. Safety Jordan Kovacs drilled Carder on WMU’s first possession out of the delay, forcing a fumble that Herron scooped up for a 29-yard score.

The Michigan offense got in on the action after the defense forced a punt on WMU’s next drive. Toussaint rumbled 43-yards on the first play to the WMU 44, and two plays later Michael Shaw busted free for a 44-yard score to put Michigan ahead 34-10.

Carder drove Western to the Michigan 25-yard line on the ensuing possession, but he was hit by Ryan Van Bergen and fumbled again, with Van Bergen also recovering the ball. Michigan drove down to the WMU 26, but the weather turned foul again, forcing the game to be called.

It was the first time in Michigan history a game was canceled.

Final Stats

Passing
Robinson, UM: 9/13, 98 yards
Carder, WMU: 22/31, 183 yards, interception, 2 fumbles

Rushing
Toussaint, UM: 11 carries, 80 yards, 2 touchdowns
Shaw, UM: 4 carries, 54 yards, touchdown
Robinson, UM: 8 carries, 46 yards
Tevin Drake, WMU: 10 carries, 65 yards

Receiving
Jordan White, WMU: 12 catches, 119 yards
Junior Hemmingway, UM: 1 catch, 37 yards

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Michigan Takes Command Against Western Michigan, But Game Delayed Again Due To Weather

Mother Nature seems intent on stealing the spotlight from Brandon Herron and Brady Hoke.

Severe weather has delayed Hoke’s debut as Michigan head coach a second time, with the Wolverines leading Western Michigan 34-10 near the end of the third quarter. The Detroit News’ Bob Wojnowski reports the stadium is being evacuated:

Michigan Stadium is now officially being evacuated. Entire stadium bowl being emptied. Lightning keeps striking. Bizarre scene.

Lightning was again reported in the area of the game, which was already delayed once early in the quarter due to similar circumstances.

The Michigan defense seemed to get a bit of a swagger after the first stoppage halted play just a minute into the half. On Western’s first possession after the delay, quarterback Alex Carder was drilled by Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs, forcing a fumble that Herron scooped up and returned 29 yards for a score. Herron set a school record earlier in the game when he returned an interception 94 yards for a touchdown.

Not to be outdone, Michigan’s offense decided to get in on the fun after the defense forced a punt on the next drive. Fitzgerald Toussaint led off the drive with a 43-yard burst to the WMU 44-yard line, and two plays later Michael Shaw finished it off with a 44-yard touchdown run.

Western appeared to get its feet on the ground, driving to the Michigan 25, but Carder fumbled again after getting hit by Ryan Van Bergen, who also recovered the ball.

Michigan had driven the ball to the WMU 26 before play was stopped again. When play resumes, Michigan will have a 2nd-and-8 with 1:40 left in the third quarter.

Stats After (Almost) Three Quarters

Passing
Robinson, UM: 9/13, 98 yards
Carder, WMU: 22/31, 183 yards, interception, 2 fumbles

Rushing
Toussaint, UM: 11 carries, 80 yards, 2 touchdowns
Shaw, UM: 4 carries, 54 yards, touchdown
Robinson, UM: 8 carries, 46 yards
Tevin Drake, WMU: 10 carries, 65 yards

Receiving
Jordan White, WMU: 12 catches, 119 yards
Junior Hemmingway, UM: 1 catch, 37 yards

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Brandon Herron's 94-yard INT return for TD sets Michigan record

Brandon Herron’s 94-yard interception return has essentially been the difference in Michigan holding a 20-10 lead over Western Michigan into the third quarter.

With seven minutes remaining in the second quarter, the senior outside linebacker caught a pass tipped into the air by freshman LB Jake Ryan. Herron caught the ball at the WMU six-yard line and took off down the field. With most of the Broncos’ offense moving toward their end zone, and three or four Wolverines defenders around to block, Herron had a free path to a touchdown.

That gave Michigan a 14-7 lead, and the 94-yard run back for a touchdown set a modern-day (post-World War II) school record.

The previous record was set back in 1971 by defensive back Thomas Darden, who returned an interception 92 yards for a touchdown against UCLA.

Herron apparently liked scoring that first touchdown because he got another one in the third quarter. After play resumed following a weather delay, safety Jordan Kovacs sacked WMU quarterback Alex Calder on a blitz, forcing a fumble. Herron recovered the fumble and ran 28 yards for a touchdown.

Michigan currently leads Western Michigan, 27-10.

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