The Michigan football team went on the road last Saturday for the first time of the year to tangle with the Northwestern Wildcats. Michigan trailed 24-14 at halftime, but, a strong second half catapulted Michigan in front in a 42-24 victory.
Despite a trio of Denard Robinson interceptions in the first half, the Michigan offense did a fantastic job of protecting the defense with long sustained drives on Saturday night against the Wildcats of Northwestern.
Michigan converted 14-of-17 third down attempts in the contest, a number far above the season average, and used those conversions to posses the ball for almost 38 minutes of clock time. Conversely, the Northwestern offense was only able to convert 4-of-11 opportunities on third down.
Michigan's players and coaches have preached the ability to finish as a focal point for the 2011 season. To this point, the Wolverines have accomplished that goal.
At the halfway point of the season, the Wolverines have outscored their opposition 62-7 in the games final quarter, Notre Dame's final touchdown in a 28-7 Michigan fourth quarter, the lone blemish on Michigan's record.
Through six games last year, the Wolverines had netted 55 points in the games final quarter. The difference, however, comes on the defensive side of the ball. In 2010, the Michigan defense had surrendered 37 fourth quarter points through six weeks.
Going one step further, the Michigan defense has surrendered just 21 points in the second half all season. At this point last season, the defense had surrendered 75 points. More than three times the amount thus far in 2011.
The Michigan football team improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 2006 season.
The Michigan football team has played in the Rose Bowl every time they started the season 6-0 since the 1975 season.
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