Hill: Defense 'Confident' After OSU Win

Michigan safety Delano Hill says U-M's defense played "calm" after giving up an early score. Then, well, U-M dominated the rest of the way, defeating Oregon State, 35-7.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan safety Delano Hill says U-M's defense played "calm" after giving up an early score. Then, well, U-M dominated the rest of the way, defeating Oregon State, 35-7.

In fact, Michigan (1-1) held OSU to four total yards in the second half alone, only giving up 138 total yards overall. And a big chunk of those yards came on Oregon State’s opening drive, when OSU drove 79 yards for the early score.

However, the panic button was never pressed, said safety Delano Hill, who noted the calmness of defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin after OSU’s first drive.

“He stayed calm, kept us together,” Hill said, who finished with three tackles. “He was confident in us. We was confident in ourselves. We knew what we had to do. We just had to execute.”

Hill notes they just stuck to game plan.

“We really didn’t make no adjustments at all,” Hill said. “We just needed to, I guess, calm down. That’s basically it.”

Adding: “I think the team was a little bit anxious. There were 109,000 (fans) out there today. We was just trying to play hard. We just probably a little bit anxious today.”

Team win

After losing week 1 at Utah, Hill says it was a total “team” effort against OSU.

“This was a team win. A great team win,” Hill said. “Everybody contributed, offense, defense, special teams to get a win today – we like that.”

When asked what U-M’s mindset would be moving forward? Hill replied: “Play hard every down, every play, every game”

Michigan next plays host to UNLV on Saturday at noon ET.


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