Football Minute: Looking at Michigan Defense

Gary Nova carved up Michigan's defense a week ago. What led to allowing 404-yards passing and can this be a quick fix with Penn State heading to Ann Arbor Saturday?

Michigan’s defense was lost in Saturday’s 26-24 loss at Rutgers.

Gary Nova threw for 404-yards through the air completing 22-of-39 passing attempts to go with three touchdowns.

Spreading the ball around effectively, Nova connected at least three times with five different wide receivers.

For Michigan’s defense, the performance and loss was a profound disappointment as Devin Gardner and the offense put enough points on the board to win the football game, something lacking in previous weeks, which led to two losses in a row at home to Utah and Minnesota.

“It really frustrates me cause I thought our offense, and I’ve said it all along, our offense has done a great job as far as trying to improve, they get better and I see them every day,” defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said this week.

“We had the game won, bottom line. And if you’re a great defense you do what you have to do in that game to stop them and you win. It may not be pretty, but you win.”

The defensive front did produce two sacks for the Michigan defense but pressure was hard to come by as Nova carved up a secondary that struggled to hang with the Rutgers receivers.

Getting set to welcome in Penn State and star sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg Saturday, Michigan needs to make some serious corrections up front and in the secondary.

Sam Webb and Kyle Bogenschutz take a closer look at the defensive performance against Rutgers and what can be cleaned up quickly for Saturday night.


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