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No. 7 MI uses 5 FGs, punt return to beat Air Force

17 September 2017, 05:20 | Sandy Nunez

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

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Air Force football was handed a 29-13 setback at #7 Michigan Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 111,387 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. The seventh-ranked Wolverines are now 3-0.

MI kicker Quinn Nordin tied a school record with five field goals as the Wolverines knocked off Army 29-13.

ABOUT AIR FORCE (1-0): Arion Worthman threw for 172 yards and a career-high two touchdowns while adding another score on the ground against VMI to help the Falcons register the second-highest margin of victory in program history.

The Wolverines got a boost from special teams, as well.

Air Force will return home for a big Mountain West Conference game against San Diego State.

People-Jones gathered in Charlie Scott's 53-yard punt, weaved around defenders and eluded Scott's tackle attempt at the 10 to give MI a 16-6 lead 1:09 into the second half.

Nordin's 35-yard field goal gave MI an early advantage.

Air Force Michigan Football

The Wolverines increased their lead to 22-13 on yet another drive that stalled in the red zone. Wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones has a catch for 37 yards.

Speight completed two pass plays of at least 30 years early in the second quarter but MI had to settle for Nordin's 26-yard field goal. The Falcons drove 73 yards on 15 plays and missed a 29-yard field goal.

The Air Force defense did not allow a touchdown to MI until 1:02 left in the game, as a coverage breakdown led to a 36-yard run by Karan Higdon.

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.

For the third straight week, Michigan's offense continued to sputter at best, leaving some questions for the Wolverines as they prepare to enter Big Ten play next week. A poor punt gave MI the ball at the Air Force 40-yard line, and the wolverines moved to the 25. MI faced a third and 21 at the 35 and settled for the field goal.

MI turned the ball over four times in its first two games and has relied heavily upon its defense, which has scored three touchdowns in 2017. Those possessions sandwiched a drive that ended when Chris Evans fumbled it away.

Air Force found itself down 16-6 after Peoples-Jones ran back the punt with 13:51 to go in the third quarter.

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