Instant Recap, Reaction, Highlights & More From Michigan's 36-14 Win Over Cincinnati

Is Michigan's Defense Good Enough to Carry the Wolverines to the College Football Playoff

Senior running back Ty Isaac rushed for 133 yards on 20 carries to help lead No. 8 MI to a 36-14 win over Cincinnati in its home opener on Saturday. Wilton Speight completed 11 of 25 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown against two interceptions.

The bigger Badgers (2-0) wore down the Owls (0-2) despite some middling play in the middle of the game. The Wolverines passing game gave reason for concern, because once again running back Ty Isaac was outstanding. Crawford had 83 yards on four catches and Perry had 66 yards on four catches.

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The scoring play capped off an 85-yard, 10-play drive. The Bearcats struggle at times in that game, but Fickell didn't lose hope for his team as they emerged out the winners in the end. Cincy cuts UM lead to 17-14.

MI finally got on track again late in the third quarter offensively, mounting an 80-yard drive and taking a 24-14 lead with 3:01 left in the third quarter on a 33-yard touchdown pass from Speight to junior wideout Grant Perry. However, another way to look at it is that MI was sloppy and still won by 22 points, although it's important to remember 14 of those were thanks to the defense. MI finished with 414 yards.

· Ty Isaac became the first MI running back to rush for over 100 yards in back-to-back games since Fitzgerald Toussaint did it for three straight games in 2011 (192 vs. Illinois, 138 vs. Nebraska, 120 vs. Ohio State). The other true freshmen to play on offense were Tarik Black, who set a career high with four catches that gained 11 yards, Samuels, wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and fullback Ben Mason.

Luke Fickell in his first game as the Bearcats' head coach pulled of impressive a 26-14 victory over Austin Peay last Thursday night at Nippert Stadium.

MI then went ahead 36-14 with 4:21 left in the game on a 24-yard interception return for a touchdown by sophomore cornerback Lavert Hill.

Mike Boone and Hayden Moore saved the game for the Bearcats.

Not in points, but in rushing yards. Attendance for the game was 111,384.

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