ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The defensive line needed to step up against Penn State last week after being torched by the Indiana offense the week before.
It looked like history was bound to repeat itself after the early 56 yard run by PSU running back Saquan Barkley during the first drive of the game. However, the defensive line was able to shut down the Nittany Lion defense to the tune of 70 yards rushing and 137 yards passing. A completely different outcome compared to what the Hoosiers were able to do to the U-M defense not too long agao.
According to defensive lineman Chris Wormley, a small schematic change on the line made the successful day possible.
"We went back to more of a four down defensive line," Wormley said. "We shut down the running game minus that one run and we got to the quarterback a lot. I think it went pretty well for us."
One player in particular has stepped up in a big way for U-M over the last couple of weeks. Defensive lineman Taco Charlton seemingly had his best game of the season against Penn State. Finishing with three solo tackles and two sacks, Charlton has certainly earned his opportunities to see the playing field this season.
Something that Wormley has been noticing as well.
"Taco has always been a fast rushing, quick, defensive lineman," Wormley said. "I think he's bene playing outstanding the last couple of weeks, it shows on the field and he's getting more playing time because of that. Anytime someone succeeds on the defensive line the defensive line loves it. We're all happy for everyone when they get that production and they get their name out there."