Michigan has been involved in some wild scenarios involving punts over the past two seasons. The most famous play of the 2015 campaign involved the Wolverines botching a punt for a touchdown against Michigan State in the final seconds to give away a rivalry game and, earlier this year, Michigan blocked four (!) kicks in a single half against Central Florida.
During Saturday’s game against Colorado, the Wolverines had already blocked a punt for a touchdown in the first quarter, but the second “blocked punt” wasn’t really a blocked punt at all. The video above says it all, but Alex Kinney (the punter for the Buffaloes) plunked offensive lineman Shane Callahan directly in the back with the football and, honestly, there was no reason for it.
This will likely go down as a blocked punt in the box score, but in this instance, the Michigan Wolverines had nothing to do with it. It was just an epic miscue from an opponent that happened to lead to prime field position for the home team. Oh, and Michigan scored a touchdown just a few plays later when All-Big Ten wide receiver Jehu Chesson took a jet sweep to the house.
Poor Alex Kinney. This wasn’t ideal.