MINNEAPOLIS -- Jarrod Wilson knew something wasn’t right against Minnesota on Saturday. He knew it just wasn’t the same defensive intensity that Michigan had been paying with all season.
And he was right, despite the Wolverines escaping with a 29-26 win against the Gophers.
Michigan, which came into Minneapolis ranked No. 1 in total defense, looked anything like the defense that shutout three straight opponents earlier this season, says Wilson.
“We game planned all week for what we thought they were going to do,” Wilson said. “They didn’t surprise us or anything. We just (didn’t) come out executing, we came out kind of flat.”
Flat, indeed, especially considering U-M was only giving up 210.3 yards per game. The Gophers accomplished more than that in the first half alone gaining 246 yards, finishing with 461 total yards.
However, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh thought differently instead complimented Minnesota on their execution.
“I didn’t think we were flat,” Harbaugh said. “I thought offensively they did a heck of job. They executed really well. They had some good plays. We had some of those plays covered down field. They were finding the ball better than we were. They were getting big chunks, big yardage plays throughout the game. I thought they executed really well.
“I don’t think it was a reflection of how bad our team wanted to win or was prepared.”
That being said, Wilson quick to note he was still disappointment in U-M’s defensive play.
“I really can’t speak for the other side of the ball. But the defense we really didn’t play the same way we have the previous weeks. There is nothing to account that to, rather to preparation or anything -- we came out flat.”