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Ann Arbor — It took Sione Houma two tries, but he finally made it.

Houma appeared to score on a 6-yard pass from Jake Rudock early in the fourth quarter, but after a review the ball was spotted on the half-yard line. He then ran for the touchdown for Michigan's final score in a 28-7 victory over UNLV on Saturday.

"I was laughing," Houma said of the first touchdown ruling. "But the second play, I was like, 'All right, I'm going to make this one in for sure.' I wasn't really disappointed. I was like, 'Get it the next time.' "

Houma said he knew he and fellow fullback Joe Kerridge would be more involved in the offense because they got more reps during practice.

"Our fullbacks were really involved today," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. "It was a good football game to be a fullback."

Kerridge left the game late in the third quarter with an ankle injury. Houma had two carries for three yards and also had a catch for five yards.

He was overjoyed after his first score.

"It was just the feeling it was my first touchdown of my career, so I just laid there trying to take in the moment," Houma said. "(I) thank God. He's the one who brought me along and built me up to be the fullback I am."

Getting the pick

Channing Stribling ended UNLV's first drive of the game by intercepting Blake Decker on first down. Michigan got the ball at the UNLV 32-yard line and scored seven plays later.

"Before the play, I actually prayed to God, 'Just put me in a position, put me into the play, I'll make the play for you,' " Stribling said. "I think just recognition on the play knowing we've gone through this route all week and seeing the ball in the air and going to get it.

"I think it was a great tone-setter, especially for the offense. Put them in great position to score. Any time you create a turnover and you make it on our side of the field, it creates points for us."

Injury update

Kerridge sprained his right ankle late in the game and did not return.

"We'll see how serious the ankle injury is," Harbaugh said.

... Cornerback Jourdan Lewis, who missed the second half of the Oregon State game because of a concussion, played against UNLV. He had four pass breakups.

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