"If I was a Michigan fan, I'd be excited," Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich said.
The Rainbows (0-2) avoided a shutout with Rigoberto Sanchez's 55-yard field goal early in the fourth.
By the time they get home, their players and coaches will have spent about 40 hours in airplanes to travel nearly 20,000 miles for the first two games in Australia and Michigan.
"The travel didn't beat us today," Rolovich said. "That Michigan team beat us today."
HAWAII: The Rainbows simply looked as tired as they were overmatched, and they had an excuse. No team in college football has had to deal with back-to-back road games quite like they did, traveling to Sydney to face Cal last week and back over the Pacific Ocean in the other direction and over much of the U.S. to get to the Big House.
MICHIGAN: Michigan was dominant on defense as expected, led by Jabrill Peppers. He lined up essentially as a linebacker after playing defensive back last season. On the first snap, Peppers filled a gap to make a stop for no gain.
HAWAII: The Rainbows, mercifully, will get to stay home to host Tennessee Martin.
MICHIGAN: The Wolverines host Central Florida, who may not be as good as Hawaii.