The Michigan Insider’s Josh Newkirk and Josh Henschke discuss U-M’s defensive effort in the Wolverines 28-16 win at Penn State on Saturday.

The Michigan Insider’s Josh Newkirk and Josh Henschke discuss U-M’s defensive effort in the Wolverines 28-16 win at Penn State on Saturday.

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.”


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