2023 Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 4

    Te'Cory Couch (image via On3)

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    FORMER PLAYERS

    TE Erick All (Iowa): All caught 3 passes for 35 yards in a 31-0 loss to Penn State.

    WR Andrel Anthony (Oklahoma): Anthony caught 7 passes for 117 yards in a 20-6 win over Cincinnati. He now has 21 catches for 371 yards and 1 touchdown this year.


    QB Alan Bowman (Oklahoma State): Bowman completed 23/48 throws for 278 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions in a 34-27 loss to Iowa State. He also ran 4 times for 5 yards and 1 touchdown.


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    Michigan 31, Rutgers 7

    Mike Sainristil (image via MGoBlue)

    Different game, same result. Michigan has started this season with some remarkable consistency, if a lack of explosiveness. The Wolverines beat the Scarlet Knights, a Big Ten team, by a 24-point margin a week after beating BGSU, a MAC team, by 25 points. That came a week after a 28-point win over UNLV, which followed a 27-point victory over ECU. Michigan points, from week one onward: 30, 35, 31, 31. Opponent points: 3, 7, 6, 7. Michigan now leads the country in scoring defense, giving up just 5.8 points per contest. Oklahoma and Ohio State are tied for #2 at 8.5 points allowed per game.

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    Michigan 31, Bowling Green 6

    Blake Corum (image via Detroit News)

    That was an ugly 25-point win. Michigan is at a pretty good place in its program where a 25-point win is considered disappointing, but that's where we are. The point differentials against MAC teams over the years have been pretty sizeable:

    • 63-10 over NIU in 2021 (53 points)
    • 59-9 over CMU in 2013 (50 points)
    • 49-3 over WMU in 2018 (46 points)
    • 47-14 over WMU in 2021 (33 points)
    • 31-3 over EMU in 2011 (28 points)
    • 31-6 over BGSU in 2023 (25 points)
    • 34-10 over Miami-OH in 2014 (24 points)
    • 34-10 over WMU in 2011 (24 points)
    • 28-24 over Akron in 2013 (4 points)

    As you can see, Michigan has had some huge wins over MAC teams in the last thirteen seasons. This was one of the least impressive. Michigan was breaking in a new coaching staff after a rebuild in 2011, and Brady Hoke was proving the job was too big for him in 2013 and 2014. The former isn't the case for this 2023 team, and I think we all know Harbaugh can coach at this level, so the latter doesn't apply, either. But it was kind of a stinker.

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    All-Time Leaders: Interceptions Thrown in a Game

    Demetrius Brown (image via Pinterest)

    This is not a list you want to be on, but you have to take the bad with the good. So here's a look at the players who have thrown the most interceptions in a single game, and I was not aware of the school record until now:

    1. 7 - Demetrius Brown (1987 vs. Michigan State)
    2. 5 - Stan Noskin (1959 vs. Wisconsin)
    3. 4 - John Wangler (1979 vs. Purdue)
    4. 4 - John Navarre (2001 vs. Ohio State)
    5. 4 - Tate Forcier (2009 vs. Ohio State)
    6. 4 - Denard Robinson (2012 vs. Notre Dame)

    How do you throw 7 interceptions in a single game and not get pulled before you reach that point?

    Brown's stat line during that game: 12/26 (46.2%), 158 yards, 1 touchdown, 7 interceptions. Michigan State won by a score of 17-11.

    I planned to list the times players have thrown 3 interceptions in a game, but there are 44 of them!

    Steve Smith and Rick Leach both threw 3 interceptions four times each. The most recent time a Michigan QB threw 3 picks in one game was J.J. McCarthy against Bowling Green in 2023.

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    Michigan's 10 Longest Plays vs. Rutgers

    Jabrill Peppers (#5, image via Saturday Tradition)

    Michigan has only played Rutgers eight times throughout history and has a 7-1 record against the Scarlet Knights. They first played in 2014. Here you can reminisce about the ten longest plays against Rutgers.

    1. Giles Jackson 95-yard kickoff return TD (2020)
    2. Jabrill Peppers 63-yard TD run (2016)
    3. Chris Evans 61-yard TD run (2018)
    4. Jake Rudock 56-yard pass to Jake Butt (2015)
    5. Chris Evans 56-yard run (2016)
    6. Cade McNamara 51-yard pass to Mike Sainristil (2021)
    7. Karan Higdon 49-yard run (2017)
    8. Shea Patterson 48-yard pass to Nico Collins (2019)
    9. Cade McNamara 46-yard TD pass to Cornelius Johnson (2020)
    10. Donovan Edwards 46-yard run (2022)

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    Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 3

    Xavier Worthy (image via SI)

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    FORMER PLAYERS

    TE Erick All (Iowa): All caught 1 pass for 34 yards in a 41-10 win over Western Michigan.

    WR Andrel Anthony (Oklahoma): Anthony caught 4 passes for 116 yards in a 66-17 win over Tulsa.

    QB Alan Bowman (Oklahoma State): Bowman completed 6/12 passes for 42 yards and 1 interception in a 33-7 loss to South Alabama. Ouch.

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    Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Week 1

    Aidan Hutchinson

    NOTE: I thought I posted this in the middle of last week, but turns out I forgot to make it live. So now you get it on the morning of Week 2.

    Detroit Lions defensive end Hutchinson made 3 tackles in a 21-20 win over the Chiefs, but he was constantly double-teamed. And in the NFL season debut on TV, the broadcasters constantly talked about how the Chiefs were "cheating" via false starts and illegal alignments to prevent Hutchinson from getting to Patrick Mahomes.

    HONORABLE MENTION

    • LB Devin Bush, Jr. (Seattle Seahawks): Bush made 1 tackle in a 30-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. This was Bush's debut with Seattle after being drafted by the Steelers.
    • DE Frank Clark (Denver Broncos): Clark made 2 tackles in a 17-16 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Clark is in his first season with the Broncos after coming over from the Kansas City Chiefs.
    • WR Nico Collins (Houston Texans): Collins made 6 catches for 80 yards and 1 touchdown in a 25-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
    • DE Mike Danna (Kansas City Chiefs): Danna made 6 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 pass breakup in a 21-20 loss to the mighty Detroit Lions.
    • RB Chris Evans (Cincinnati Bengals): Evans had 2 carries for 12 yards in a 24-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
    • S Daxton Hill (Cincinnati Bengals): Hill made 6 tackles and his first career interception in a 24-3 loss to the Browns.


    • S Josh Metellus (Minnesota Vikings): Metellus made 6 tackles and 1 pass breakup in a 20-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Metellus recently signed a 2-year, $13 million contract extension and is a captain for the Vikings.
    • K Jake Moody (San Francisco 49ers): Moody was 3/3 on extra points and 3/3 on field goals, including a long of 41 yards, in a 30-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    • DT Mike Morris (Seattle Seahawks): Morris made 2 tackles in his NFL debut, a 30-13 loss to the Rams.
    • DE David Ojabo (Baltimore Ravens): Ojabo made 3 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble on former Ohio State quarterback Marcus Stroud in a 25-9 win over the Texans.


    • DE Kwity Paye (Indianapolis Colts): Paye made 3 tackles and 1 sack in a 31-21 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
    • WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (Cleveland Browns): Peoples-Jones made 1 catch for 12 yards and 3 punt returns for 15 yards in a 24-3 win over the Bengals.
    • S Jabrill Peppers (New England Patriots): Peppers made 6 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 1 pass breakup in a 25-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
    • P Brad Robbins (Cincinnati Bengals): Robbins punted 10 times for 409 yards (40.9 yards/punt), including 2 inside the 20-yard line, during a 24-3 loss to the Browns.
    • CB Ambry Thomas (San Francisco 49ers): Thomas made 5 tackles and 1 pass breakup in a 30-7 win over the Steelers.
    • CB D.J. Turner II (Cincinnati Bengals): Turner made 2 tackles in his NFL debut during a 24-3 loss to the Browns.
    • DE Josh Uche (New England Patriots): Uche made 1 tackle and 1 sack in a 25-20 loss to the Eagles.

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