Wolverines Clash with Black Knights


Josh Boland

With 0:02 left in the second quarter, Michigan is spelled out by flag carriers across the field. Prior to gameday, Espn.com announced Michigan was their pick to win over Army, with a 96% chance of winning.

Michigan football fans boo’d as quarterback Shea Patterson lost the ball early in their first possession, giving the ball to Army. The Army Black Knights then scored on their possession after recovering the fumble. Shocked fans looked on as the Wolverines made the same critical mistakes as the week before. Michigan fans did not expect to be trailing to Army since it is primarily a United States Military Academy and was unranked playing number seven ranked, Michigan.
During a media timeout, 111,474 fans got to enjoy a special moment as Sergeant Nathan Tuttle of Flint, Michigan shared a heartwarming message on the video screens to his family and girlfriend. At the end of the video Sergeant Tuttle ran out onto the field. His family was overwhelmed with emotion when they saw him. He had been serving in Romania but wanted to return home for this occasion. To add on, Sergeant Tuttle lowered to one knee, pulled out a ring, and proposed to his girlfriend Emily Palm in front of a packed Michigan Stadium. The two had been dating for more than three years before she said “yes.”

As play began again, Michigan picked up on the displeasure from the fans and felt the urgency to score. Eleven plays later they found the end zone with Freshman Zach Charbonnet scoring his first career touchdown in the Maize and Blue. 7-7.

The rest of the second quarter contained many errors. The Black Knights made the most of a fumble and scored another touchdown. Michigan went into the half down 14-7. Michigan supporters felt dissatisfied with the way their team had played during the first half.

At the start of the second half, Army moved the ball down to the Michigan five-yard-line. Then on 3rd and goal, Michigan cornerback Lavert Hill caught an interception. The Wolverines converted 12 plays into a second touchdown for Zach Charbonnet which tied the game at 14 to 14.
Following the touchdown both teams failed to achieve touchdowns. Late in the fourth quarter, on fourth down, the Wolverines were unable to get a first down, turning the ball over to the Black Knights. Army made it down the field to the Michigan 33 yard-line. 0:02 left on the clock. Army had a chance to win it. The ball was 50 yards from the field goal. Black Knights kicker Cole Talley had an opportunity to upset Michigan on the road with the kick. He kicked it. The stadium went silent as the ball floated through the air. Everyone held their breath. The ball fell wide right of the goal post. Overtime.

Michigan fans cheered and were able to breathe again. The stress of the fourth quarter was over for the Wolverines. From the 25 yard-line Army had the first possession of overtime. Quarterback Kelvin Hopkins Jr. scored on the fifth play of the drive to make a 21-14 score. Michigan also started their drive on the 25 yard-line. Only four plays later Charbonnet scores his third touchdown of the day. The game was tied so they play another quarter until a team scores and denies the other from scoring.

Michigan began the quarter with the ball. The Black Knight defense kept Michigan on the 25-yard-line until fourth down. A different Michigan kicker, Jake Moody must make a field goal if the Wolverines want to stay in the game. 43 yards away. The ball went up and inside the posts. It was good.

Hopkins failed to get Army to a first down on the first two plays. It was the second overtime on 3rd and 11 at the Michigan 26 yard-line. Hopkins hiked the ball, dropped back, and was sacked by Kwity Paye and Aidan Hutchinson. The big hit caused Hopkins to drop the ball. Kwity Paye reacted quickly and recovered the fumble. Wolverine fans applauded with relief but also were displeased with the overall performance. The fumble gave Michigan the ball back and disallowed Army to score again. Michigan wins 24-21.
Prior to gameday, Espn.com announced Michigan was their pick to win over Army, with a 96% chance of winning.

Michigan versus Army, 12 O’clock Eastern Time, Saturday September 7th