No. 8 Michigan looks sluggish in 36-14 win over Cincinnati

Michigan defensive back Tyree Kinnel (23) celebrates a sack on Cincinnati quarterback Hayden Moore (8) in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)


AP Sports Writer

ANN ARBOR– Jim Harbaugh’s emotions are hardened from experiencing it all as a college star, NFL quarterback and coach before coming back to campus to lead Michigan.

“I’m dead in here,” he said, gesturing toward his stomach.

“I’m burnt wood.”

The young Wolverines (2-0) are far from savvy, leading to a relative letdown against Cincinnati after opening the season with an impressive victory over then-No. 17 Florida.

Ty Isaac ran for a career-high 133 yards and Wilton Speight threw for two touchdowns to help No. 8 Michigan overcome a sluggish performance to pull away and beat the Bearcats 36-14 on Saturday.

The Wolverines led by just three points early in the second half and were booed until getting the fans behind them again by scoring 19 straight points to turn a closely contested game into a lopsided one.

“We had the feeling coming out of this game that we stopped ourselves,” Harbaugh said.

The Bearcats (1-1) had the same feeling, failing to take advantage of Michigan’s many mistakes and making some miscues of their own to spoil an upset bid.