STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Three times Penn State made a trip to U-M’s red-zone, and three times the Wolverines made the Nittnay Lions settle for three made field goals.
Leaving their opponents out of the end-zone has been a force of habit by Michigan’s No.1-ranked Big Ten defense, which head coach Jim Harbaugh made a point of emphasizing post-game after No. 12 Michigan’s 28-16 win at PSU.
“It’s been particularly so good in the red-zone,” Harbaugh said of his defense. “Fortunately three field goals again today, you start adding up all those points, it’s been remarkable the way our defense is playing. From that faced, I can’t imagine anyone is playing any better.”
Adding: Maybe someone is playing as good (not better) in terms of red-zone football. That’s a real strength for us.”
From a team standpoint, Michigan’s defense yielded 207 total yards, giving up only 70 on the ground. Harbaugh was so pleased with his team’s defensive effort, that he had a tough time pointing out one particular player who stood out above the rest.
“It was a lot of guys, where maybe (there was a lot) of guys stepping up and contributing,” he said. “We’re were very happy about that.”