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Michigan 28, Akron 24
|Close %||100.0%||STANDARD DOWNS|
|Field Position %||41.8%||37.1%||Success Rate||39.2%||32.4%|
|Close Success Rate||39.2%||33.9%||Success Rate||39.3%||35.7%|
|Close Success Rate||40.0%||29.0%||Turnover Pts||14.2||20.6|
|Close PPP||0.31||0.52||Turnover Pts Margin||+6.4||-6.4|
|Line Yards/carry||2.63||1.81||Q1 S&P||0.422||1.157|
|Close Success Rate||38.8%||38.7%|
|Close PPP||0.61||0.77||1st Down S&P||0.673||0.636|
|Close S&P||0.993||1.153||2nd Down S&P||1.102||1.367|
|SD/PD Sack Rate||0.0% / 0.0%||0.0% / 4.4%||3rd Down S&P||0.985||1.156|
|Projected Pt. Margin: Akron +5.8 | Actual Pt. Margin: Michigan +4|
"Projected Pt. Margin: Akron +5.8." Oof. Akron did enough to win this game but came up two fourth-quarter red zone trips short. Michigan picked off a pass in the end zone and got pressure on Akron QB Kyle Pohl on the final play of the game (forcing an overthrow), and that was the difference.
* Under 2.0 line yards per carry is pretty bad, Michigan. So is a rushing success rate under 30 percent.
* Big plays helped Michigan significantly. The Wolverines were indeed terribly inefficient, falling into passing downs on nearly half of their snaps, but big plays -- a 36-yard run by QB Devin Gardner, a 48-yard pass to Devin Funchess, a 33-yard pass to Jehu Chesson, a 24-yard run (and 27-yard catch) by Fitzgerald Toussaint -- bought them time.
* Woof. You got lucky, Michigan. That was quite the egg you just laid. (And that was quite the effort, Akron.)