It's clear that the passing game for Michigan took a step back last week.
Whether the Colorado defense had figured something out or quarterback Wilton Speight was just off his game last week, the passing game didn't have the same impact that it had over the previous two weeks of the season. The Wolverines are looking to get that fixed as Big Ten play opens this weekend with Penn State coming to town.
According to offensive coordinator Tim Drevno, the passing game struggles don't necessarily fall on one man's shoulders. There's a combination of things that can add up to the struggles everyone saw last weekend.
"There's different things," Drevno said. "Protection is one issue, right? You saw that. Just maybe a missed throw, maybe not the right precision and timing on the route, not being in the right spot. I'm pleased, the week before we threw for 312 yards."
With the competition now beginning to ramp up, the need to get the passing game fixed is more necessary now than ever. Drevno says that the offensive coaching staff will get together to make sure that the passing game mistakes are cleaned up in time for the Nittany Lions' arrival.
"There's no finer throw than Wilton throwing the deep ball in college football, that's hard to do," Drevno said. "Not a lot of post routes and things that I've seen completed. They understand the expectation level and we're going to get the passing game fixed, we will. With Jedd, Jim and myself we'll make sure we'll get that cleaned up this week."