Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) — The problem facing Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell isn’t finding things to fix. It is deciding where to start. The Lions trailed the San Francisco 49ers 31-10 at halftime and 41-17 with two minutes left before a late charge brought them within 41-33. Campbell said watching the game film didn’t make the game look much better than it had seemed in real time.
UNDATED (AP) — Detroit Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah has a season-ending Achilles tendon injury. The team made the announcement Monday. Okudah was hurt in the fourth quarter Sunday as the San Francisco 49ers held on to win 41-33 against the Lions. Detroit drafted the Ohio State star with the No. 3 overall pick last year and injuries limited him to nine games as a rookie. Okudah appeared to make improvements during training camp, but he had a rough game in Week 1.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh seems to have his best running game in seven seasons at Michigan, rotating two speedy and powerful backs behind an offensive line that has been opening huge holes. In a 31-10 win over Washington, Michigan had 56 rushing carries for 343 yards and chose to throw just 15 times for 44 yards. Harbaugh says No. 25 Michigan will likely lean on its ground attack again against Northern Illinois on Saturday at home.
DETROIT (AP) — Dan Campbell wasn’t thinking about moral victories. Yes, his Detroit Lions nearly pulled off an improbable comeback by scoring 16 points in the final two minutes and moving the ball back into San Francisco territory before falling short in a 41-33 loss. Campbell was focused on the first 58 minutes of his debut as Lions coach. Detroit trailed 31-10 at halftime and by as many as 28 in the second half.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — No. 24 Miami has lost running back Don Chaney Jr. for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Starting linebacker Keontra Smith will also miss several weeks with a leg injury. Both were injured in the Hurricanes’ 25-23 win over Appalachian State this past Saturday. Chaney had a touchdown run in that game, then left shortly afterward with the injury to his right knee. The Hurricanes hope Smith can return in mid-October.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron says running back John Emery Jr. is expected to miss the remainder of the season for academic reasons. The junior was expected to compete to be the Tigers’ starting running back this season but has been ruled academically ineligible. Emery rushed for 378 yards and three touchdowns in nine games. He and Tyrion Davis-Price were LSU’s top returning rushers heading into this season. Orgeron says he’s eager to see more from freshmen running backs Corey Kiner and Armoni Goodwin this season. Orgeron says running back Tre Bradford could play Saturday night when LSU hosts Central Michigan.