To say it’s been a while would be a rather significant understatement.
Late in the third quarter of Michigan’s Sept. 9 win over Cincinnati last season, wide receiver Grant Perry caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from now-UCLA quarterback Wilton Speight. Over the next 11 games of the 2017 season, the Wolverines tossed an anemic six touchdown passes — none of them to a wide receiver.
It was lather, rinse and repeat in the season opener as U-M, once again, failed to throw a touchdown pass to a wide receiver — or anyone else, for that matter — in the 24-17 loss to Notre Dame. Saturday afternoon against Western Michigan, that inexplicable drought ended as Nico Collins (pictured) caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson in the second quarter of the non-conference tilt.
The touchdown reception from a wide receiver was just one day shy from coming exactly one year after the last one.
At the time of this posting, Michigan is blasting its Michigan directional foe 35-0 late in the second quarter.