Nordin shines as MI knocks off Air Force 29-13

Ross Houston
September 17, 2017

Michigan's offense, however, continues to produce uneven performances, and that was particularly pronounced in a 29-13 victory over Air Force at Michigan Stadium on Saturday.

After a Wolverine drive stalled, the sophomore Nordin opened the scoring with a 35-yard field goal at the 10:51 juncture of the first quarter to give MI a 3-0 advantage. Give Air Force credit for the defensive effort they presented, but MI only converted three of 11 third-down attempts and was unable to score a touchdown on any of their four red zone trips. All six of Worthman's other pass attempts were incomplete. On a fourth-quarter drive, with Air Force trailing 22-13, a promising drive was thwarted when the Falcons tried running Timothy McVey to the right side.

The Wolverines came out of the locker room and immediately scored on a 79-yard punt return by freshman Donovan Peoples-Jones to take charge 16-6.

The Falcons quickly matched that score with a big play of their own.

MI kicker Quinn Nordin tied a school record with five field goals as the Wolverines knocked off Army 29-13. Air Force routed VMI 62-0 in its season opener and hopes to ride the momentum to its first win against a Big Ten opponent since beating Northwestern in 2003.

Higdon's touchdown completed the scoring.

Nordin provided all of Michigan's first-half points, making field goals of 35, 36 and 49 yards, giving the Wolverines' a 9-6 halftime lead. The Wolverines drove 32 yards on 11 plays, and - once again - reached the 7-yard line and settled for Nordin's 29-yard field goal to build a 19-13 lead. Sketchy play-calling from the 18 forced the Wolverines to have Nordin kick a 36-yard field goal. With just:02 showing on the clock in the first frame, Luke Strebel booted a 37-yard field goal to knot the score at 3-all.

NOTES: The Wolverines are now 10-0 against current members of the Mountain West Conference.

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