The Wolverines (1-1) bounced back after a 41-14 loss to Alabama, though they had a tough time beating the Falcons (1-1) in a game they were favored to win easily. Cody Getz ran for 130 yards, with his third rushing TD and a 2-point conversion pulling Air Force within three early in the fourth.
The Falcons had a shot to snap their 19-game losing streak against teams in The Associated Press poll, but turned the ball over on downs with 1:28 left at its 35 when Jake Ryan batted down a pass.
Denard Robinson led No. 19 Michigan to a 31-25 victory on Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Robinson carried the ball 20 times for 218 yards and two touchdowns.
Cody Getz was a bright spot in defeat for Air Force, as he rushed for 104 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns.
At one point, the Falcons trailed by 11 points, and while Air Force made a run in the game’s late stages, it couldn’t complete the comeback against the Wolverines.
Michigan’s offense dominated, ripping off huge chunks of yardage. The Wolverines burned the Falcons’ defense for seven plays of more than 20 yards. With 9:03 to go in the first quarter, Robinson took a quarterback draw all the way for a 79-yard touchdown run, Michigan’s longest play on the day. The touchdown gave the Wolverines a 7-0 lead.
Michigan racked up 417 total yards. The Wolverines complemented Robinson’s passing with 214 yards rushing on 31 attempts.
Robinson threw for 203 yards while completing 14 of 25 passes for Michigan. Robinson finished the game with two touchdowns and one interception.
Air Force’s Connor Dietz passed for 139 yards, completing 11 of 20 throws. He threw no interceptions. Dietz also ran for 62 yards on 15 attempts.
The Falcons’ offense finished the game having gained 414 yards. Along with Dietz’s stats in the passing game, Air Force also added 275 yards rushing on 69 attempts.
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