With ‘classic’ TD run, UM’s Isaac shows his strides

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

It wasn’t the play Michigan’s offensive coaches had drawn up, but tailback Ty Isaac made it work so well he scored and earned the praise of head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Harbaugh during the Big Ten conference call Tuesday spoke of Isaac, the USC transfer who sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules, and broke through with a 114-yard rushing game in a victory against UNLV last Saturday. Isaac scored on a 76-yard touchdown run on the play that wasn’t executed as the coaches had designed.

Michigan, which had 254 yards rushing against UNLV, is preparing to face No. 22 BYU on Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

“He turned a sweep play into a long touchdown run,” Harbaugh said on the call. “That wasn’t run exactly how we drew it up and yet he was able to make somebody miss, bounce off a tackle, create running room with an outstanding stiff-arm. Classic.

“That was good to see, because some of the areas he needed improvement was yards after contact and creating space for himself as a runner and being more elusive. He’s hungry, he wants to do well, it’s important to him, and that was good sign for our team.”