Wilton Speight handed the ball to Ty Isaac, who was stopped for a loss, and No. 7 MI had to settle for a field goal.
MI welcomes Air Force to the Big House for the first meeting between the two since 2012 when No. 19 MI held on to beat Air Force 31-25.
The offense is still not where it needs to beMichigan Wolverines running back Karan Higdon (22). When asked about the play of his red zone offense after the game Jim Harbaugh said,"I thought both teams played very well red zone defense today".
Speight had an option to call a run or a pass when Isaac was tackled behind the line in the third quarter and reacted to the result by flailing his arms.
"I'm proud of our defense", Bush said. "Obviously, the frustration built up". "We had two huge red-zone (stops) and held them to a field goal".
Air Force wide receiver Ronald Cleveland (3) makes a catch and runs for a touchdown, as MI defensive back Tyree Kinnel (23) defends in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. That was their only completion of the game. "They were flying around there for sure".
With its initial setback Air Force fell even at 1-1 on the season.
Another shanked Air Force punt set MI up at the Falcons' 43, and the Wolverines drove to the 8. They have been unable to score a touchdown against Air Force, settling for three field goals and a 9-6 lead at halftime. Redshirt junior quarterback Wilton Speight (14-of-23 passing, 169 yards) and his teammates moved the football, but continually gave way to Nordin and his 5-for-5 effort.
In its 62-0 win over Virginia Military Institute in Week 1, Air Force (1-1) used 16 different ball carriers and rushed for 457 yards.
"I'm pretty sure he's good", said Higdon, who sealed the victory with a 36-yard TD run with 1:02 left. A 34-yard scamper by Worthman led to Air Force's next score, Strebel's career-best 50-yard field goal. All six of Worthman's other pass attempts were incomplete.
"They're a stout group". That's what it felt like when the Wolverines drudged along against Air Force. "Their size, their athleticism, they're a pretty complete group". The Falcons will entertain San Diego State next Saturday night. With Big Ten play just a week away, MI will need to take advantage of their offensive opportunities going forward.