Michigan’s offense put on an impressive display in its season opener but simultaneously got dealt a big blow.
The Wolverines put up 47 points on their way to a 47-14 rout of Western Michigan, but lost wide receiver Ronnie Bell, one of the Wolverines’ top targets, who will be out the rest of the year after sustaining a knee injury in that game, coach Jim Harbaugh announced Monday.
Bell only had one official catch in the game, but he made it count when he hauled in a 76-yard touchdown with just around 9:30 left in the second quarter to give Michigan a more comfortable 17-7 lead.
He went down on the turf after scoring the touchdown. Trainers attened to his leg before he ultimately had to be carted off the field.
That touchdown was the only grab of Bell’s that counted, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.
Just a few minutes before that in the second quarter, Bell made an impressive one-handed catch down the sideline, only to have it overturned for pass interference.
The loss of the senior wide receiver is a big one for the Wolverines, as he led the team in both catches and yards each of the last two seasons.
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