Defensive Recap: U-M rush defense struggles again

The Michigan Insider's Josh Newkirk and Josh Henschke break down the Michigan defenses struggles against Indiana.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – It wasn’t easy for the Michigan defense on Saturday.

In fact, for a unit that looked so strong earlier in the season, the high-tempo Indiana defense seemingly did whatever it wanted on the ground throughout the game.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Hoosier offense ran over 10 times in a row and the defense had no answer for running back Jordan Howard, who had over 238 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Howard averaged close to seven yards per carry.

Despite the defense looking tired, depleted with the loss of defensive lineman Ryan Glasgow, it did what it had to do to win when it counted.

On fourth down in the second overtime, Delano Hill broke up the pass in the endzone and secured a 48-41 victory.

"That's the good news, we found a way," U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh said. "You're pleased when your team can do that. We're beat up, we're getting tired, we're running low on man-power in spots, and it showed. We played like it at times. There were blocks that we must have liked them so much we weren't getting off of them, and it showed up a lot in the game."

Found a way to win it did. Like the defense has said all season long, give them a place to stand and they will get it done.

And getting it done they did, even if it had to struggle to get there.


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