Michigan's only other offensive points came on two short field goals, one in each half, by redshirt freshman Quinn Nordin. In the fourth quarter, another interception was made by Lavert Hill, who returned the ball 24 yards.
The bigger Badgers (2-0) wore down the Owls (0-2) despite some middling play in the middle of the game.
Last week MI held Florida to 192 yards, forced three turnovers (returning a fumble for a score) and held the Gators to nine first downs. Crawford had 83 yards on four catches and Perry had 66 yards on four catches. This defense has looked really good in these two games and so far has outplayed Michigan's offense. The second quarter didn't go well. The Bearcats struggle at times in that game, but Fickell didn't lose hope for his team as they emerged out the winners in the end.
MI didn't stretch its lead to more than 14 points until the fourth quarter, and there were a few anxious moments in between.
Speight (17 of 29, 221 yards, two touchdowns) didn't make any critical mistakes, but the offense was stop-and-start and there's still a developmental curve with a young group of receivers. Cincinnati didn't get much offense in the win, as they were held to just 248 total yards. Fickell served as the head coach for Ohio State and lost in 2011.
· It's the first time MI has turned the ball over four times or more in the first two games of the season since 2015, when MI lost the ball a combined five times against Utah and Oregon State.
· MI is now 115-18-3 in home openers and 3-0 under Jim Harbaugh. Attendance for the game was 111,384.
ABOUT CINCINNATI (1-0): Hayden Moore passed for 151 yards and three touchdowns, but more importantly finished without an interception in the win against Austin Peay after throwing 18 picks over his previous two seasons.