No. 1: Michigan’s defense shutout its third straight opponent, and has allowed only seven points in its past 19 quarters of play. U-M also limited NW to only 168 yards in the win. Michigan has only allowed 378 yards during its three game shutout stretch. It’s also the first time U-M has shutout three straight opponents since 1980, which shows how good they have been playing as of late.
No. 2: While U-M’s defense has been dominate, its offense has been efficient, specifically rushing the football. U-M once again rushed for over 200 yards, gaining 201 yards on 46 carries on Saturday.
No. 3: Jourdan Lewis’s 36 yard interception for a touchdown score in the first half was something special. He just stole the ball for the Northwestern receiver. It’s the second straight week Lewis has had a pick. He leads U-M with eight pass break ups this season, and is considered by many as the top DB in the Big Ten.
No. 4: Freshman RB Karan Higdon saw his first a game action as a Wolverine. He stat line was'nt that impressive, with only 16 yards on eight carries, but he did show a little wiggle on a 9-yard run in the third quarter. He adds depth to an already deep U-M backfield.
No. 5: Michigan’s defensive front dominated once again. They help stop NW’s top run game, holding the Wildcats to 38 yards rushing on 25 attempts. They were also after Northwestern’s quarterbacks all day, finishing with 4.0 sacks and 8.0 tackles for loss.