An under-thrown ball, a missed tackle, a delay of game on the one-yard line, a missed assignment that led to a punt blocked returned for a touchdown.
These are just a few of the small mistakes that led to the Chippewas’ blowout to Michigan on Saturday.
On the first drive, starting quarterback Cody Kater rolled out and lofted a pass that fell a yard short of a wide-open Titus Davis on third down. The ensuing punt was blocked and returned for a touchdown, and just like that, it was 7-0 Michigan.
Head coach Dan Enos believes mistakes like that are correctable.
“I think there were some good things we did, and it’s hard to see in a lopsided game like that,” Enos said. “They are a very good football team.”
CMU defensive back Jarret Chapman intercepted Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner on Michigan’s first possession at the five-yard line. CMU was unable to score a touchdown due to a delay of game penalty on fourth down with the ball on the one-yard line. Michigan went on to score a touchdown on the next drive.
Another recurring issue was the ability of Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner to escape the pressure from the defense.
On numerous occasions the pocket would collapse around Gardner with CMU defensive players in grasp of him only to see him reverse directions or roll out to find an open receiver.
“Devin Gardner was very good,” Enos said. “He got them out of some jams early on in the game with the first three drives.”
While Gardner escaped CMU’s defensive pressure, Kater and backup quarterback Alex Niznak weren’t so lucky.
“They are very good at defense,” Enos said. “I think their defensive line was very good, very deep too. They were able to rotate guys and get some young ones in there that we weren’t able to see on tape. They are going to be a very formable team.”
Enos did find some positives to take away from the game.
Redshirt freshman kicker Ron Coluzzi impressed the coaching staff with his accuracy in a hostile environment.
“I think there is some good to takeaway from it,” Enos said. “Our young kicker came up and kicked into a big environment. He made three field goals.”