Ronnie Bell had a 76-yard landing reception and returned a punt 31 yards earlier than being injured in Michigan’s 47-14 victory over Western Michigan on Saturday.
The Wolverines (1-0) gained the sport simply, however they might have misplaced their greatest participant for some time.
“Simply anxious about Ronnie Bell proper now,” coach Jim Harbaugh acknowledged.
Bell was harm on a punt return within the second quarter and stored weight off his proper leg as he was helped off the sector by a teammate and workers member. The senior receiver was later carted off the field and up the tunnel towards the staff’s locker room to be additional evaluated.
“What are you able to say apart from you hope for the most effective, anticipate the worst, and wait till you get the MRI outcomes?” Harbaugh requested. “However it doesn’t matter what, he’ll be again.”
The Broncos (0-1) began sturdy — making it 7-all on La’Darius Jefferson’s 2-yard run and trailing by simply three factors after the primary quarter — however couldn’t maintain success on both facet of the ball.
“We moved the ball pretty properly,” Western Michigan coach Tim Lester stated. “We simply didn’t end drives, and we didn’t shield our QB properly sufficient.”
Michigan pulled away with 17 factors within the second quarter, scoring on Bell’s catch, Hassan Haskins’ 22-yard run and Jake Moody’s 20-yard subject purpose.
Blake Corum, who had 111 yards dashing, opened the scoring with a 14-yard reception and his 30-yard landing run put the Wolverines forward 40-7 early within the remaining quarter.
“There have been lots of naysayers going into this recreation that didn’t suppose we had been going to do what we did,” Corum stated.
Michigan’s Cade McNamara accomplished 9 of 11 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Extremely touted freshman J.J. McCarthy escaped a sack on a 69-yard landing go to Daylen Baldwin, a graduate switch from Jackson State, halfway by means of the fourth.
Kaleb Eleby was 20 of 37 for 191 with a 27-yard landing go to Corey Crooms with 3:30 left within the rout.
“The most important Positive was Kaleb was a bit of flighty early, however he calmed down,” Lester stated. “I used to be very happy with the poise of that child as a result of this was his first Energy 5 recreation, and it’s sooner. He obtained hit a pair occasions, and he stored getting up, stored getting up.”
Western Michigan: The Mid-American Convention staff ought to have the ability to achieve some confidence from the best way it began the sport.
“We had the ball on their facet of the sector a lot of the first half,” Lester stated.
Michigan: Bell’s harm silenced a crowd of 109,295 and appeared to stunt what ought to have been a feel-good afternoon on the Large Home.
“That’s a giant deal,” Harbaugh stated. “Ronnie is liked by everyone. Captain of the soccer staff.”
Michigan was waiting for subsequent week’s recreation towards the Twentieth-ranked Washington Huskies in prime time.
“We haven’t accomplished a rattling factor,” defensive finish Aidan Hutchinson stated. “We’re all moved on and prepared for Washington. We’re not content material with this in any respect.”
Michigan welcomed 109,295 fans to the Large Home, a yr after followers had been prevented from attending video games as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Western Michigan: Performs Illinois State, a program within the second tier of Division I school soccer often known as the Championship Subdivision, on Sept. 11 at residence.
Michigan: Hosts No. 20 Washington, which can doubtless be favored to win to present Harbaugh an opportunity to enhance on his 0-11 document as an underdog with the Wolverines on Sept. 11.