Game ball for week 3 win over Air Force

WATCH: Donovan Peoples-Jones takes punt 79 yards to the house

WATCH: Donovan Peoples-Jones takes punt 79 yards to the house

The seventh-ranked Michigan Wolverines are getting all they can handle this week at home against the Air Force Falcons.

I keep coming back to this, but with each week it becomes more relevant: At some point, MI is going to play a better team that won't let it slip by with such awful efficiency in the red zone.

Speight's exasperation showed through after a wave of Air Force tacklers swallowed up a hand-off to Ty Isaac in the MI backfield on a third-down play eight yards from the end zone.

Running back Chris Evans also fumbled the ball on the team's second drive of the game.

MI head coach Jim Harbaugh puts on a catching glove during warmups before an NCAA college football game against Air Force in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. Quarterback Arion Worthmann had a big 34-yard run in the second quarter to tie the game up at 6-6 shortly before halftime. The usually unflappable MI quarterback looked considerably flapped late in the third quarter Saturday while an equally flummoxed home crowd booed the Wolverines offense for the second straight week.

MI head coach Jim Harbaugh shouts at the game officials from the sideline after a penalty called on MI in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Air Force in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. Through three games he has only thrown two touchdowns compared to two interceptions. Freshman Donovan Peoples-Jones scored one of the team's two touchdowns with his effortless, 79-yard weaving run on a punt return in the third quarter.

On a list of things that could make you fall asleep on a Saturday afternoon, how often is it that a MI football game is up near the top?

Air Force head coach Troy Calhoun, center, shakes hands with MI head coach Jim Harbaugh, right, after an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

MI head coach Jim Harbaugh was already hearing from fans about replacing quarterback Wilton Speight - this likely won't help matters. Luke Strebel attempted a 29-yard field goal after an incompletion on third down and missed wide left. There is a reason the team began preparing for the Falcons back in April, but even then, it is hard to replicate the same looks in practice, senior defensive end Chase Winovich said. The offense, however, has been the bigger problem for the Wolverines, though they should be able to take advantage of an Air Force defense that is playing 10 new starters from a season ago.

Air Force awakened, making its first pass completion count. Tim McVey ran for 98 yards and a score to lead seven different players with rushing touchdowns, and the defense held the Keydets to 95 yards - the second fewest in school history- en route to their first shutout since 2009.

It also had a first-and-goal midway through the fourth quarter, trailing 22-13. Michigan's defense held the Falcons rushing attack to 168 yards on 49 attempts. It won't be enough to plow through a Big Ten slate unscathed. Plenty of question marks remain, but at least not via a crash landing. Head coach him Harbaugh stressed it was a unit effort, including the snapper and holder, and one that gave MI a huge boost when it needed one.

Wolverines defenders Devin Bush and Mike McCray each had 18 tackles, with Bush adding on a sack. He came through with a pair of TFLs, putting on the sort of pressure that kept Air Force from getting off the ground.

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