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Michigan on upset alert, leads Akron 7-3 at half

Sep 14, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight end Devin Funchess (87) celebrates a touch down in the first quarter against the Akron Zips at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 14, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight end Devin Funchess (87) celebrates a touch down in the first quarter against the Akron Zips at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan started off hot on offense, but now it is in need of several halftime adjustments.

The Wolverines lead Akron 7-3 and have struggled with mental errors.

Devin Gardner was 11 of 19 for 166 yards, one touchdown, two drive-killing interceptions and a fumble in the first half, and Devin Funchess had two catches for 65 yards and a TD.

On Michigan’s first drive, sophomore tight end Devin Funchess outraced a host of Akron defenders after catching a 48-yard touchdown pass from Gardner. Gardner started 5 of 5 passing. The drive totaled six plays for 75 yards and lasted 3:02.

Michigan’s offense was a mess after that drive.

The Wolverines stalled on its second drive and blundered the ensuing punt. Akron, faced with great field position, settled for a Robert Stein 45-yard field goal. Michigan led 7-3 at the end of the first quarter.

At the start of the second quarter, Michigan whiffed on its third drive. Gardner had to make throws on the run because his pocket collapsed on two plays. The drive stalled on a missed Brendan Gibbons 45-yard field goal. It was his first missed attempt of the season.

Fitzgerald Toussaint leads Michigan with eight rushes for 25 yards. However, Michigan’s interior offensive line struggled to open lanes between the tackles.

Akron was 1 of 3 on field goals in the first half.

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