Michigan rides second-half wave

EVANSTON, Ill. -- There were shades of the last Michigan football era on the field. The Wolverines looked sloppy on offense. They were shredded on defense. For a first effort on the road, Michigan looked exactly like what it said it wasn't all last week -- a carbon copy of last year.

Then on the second weekend of October, No. 12 Michigan did what it did against Notre Dame at night on the second weekend of September. It came back. It made necessary changes and looked more like the team that had played its way into the Top 25 than one belonging nowhere near it.

The Wolverines overwhelmed Northwestern. They held the ball for more than 12 minutes in the second half, forced turnovers and found offensive rhythm and along the way turned a 10-point deficit to a 42-24 win over Northwestern.