ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- BYU’s heralded offense came in with all the hype, Michigan’s defense walked away with all the praise, shutting out the No. 22 Cougars offense for first time in 143 games, in U-M’s 31-0 victory on Saturday.
“I think one of the big things is we knew the guys we had and we knew our coaches put in a good game plan,” said fifth-year senior linebacker Desmond Morgan. “We matched personnel to personnel well, speed on speed. We knew they could make big plays, throwing the deep ball. I think we were ready for that. I think guys were focused in the whole game on that.”
Yes, Michigan was indeed prepared. In fact, U-M held BYU’s offense to 105 total yards, and held Cougars QB Tanner Mangum to only 55 yards passing, completing 12-of-28 passes.
“It felt good,” Morgan said. “Anytime you get a win like that over a good team in BYU like that, a ranked opponent – it feels really good for us. We were confident in what we could’ve done coming into this game, the preparation and execution. But it felt good to finally put that on the board.”
That being said: is this a statement win for Michigan? Well, Morgan isn’t quite ready to say that.
“I don’t know,” Morgan said. “I think for us within our own locker room, it set the bar in some ways. But what the media does outside of it with the rankings, that’s not our concern.”
And when Michigan (3-1) plays at Maryland (2-2) next Saturday at 8 p.m ET, the Wolverines will most likely be ranked. But that’s not a concern for Morgan, he said.