September 8, 2013
Defenders proud of result but know they must improve
The last time an opponent finished with 400 yards of offense and 300 yards passing, Michigan lost (South Carolina in the Outback Bowl). That's usually the way those things go.
Notre Dame scored on five of 11 offensive drives - with eight total series of eight or plays or more -- accumulated 410 yards, averaged 5.1 yards per rush, and generally had its way with the Maize and Blue secondary.
In other words, this wasn't one of the Wolverines' finer defensive performances, but somehow Michigan found a way to improve to 4-2 under head coach Brady Hoke in games it allows 30 points or more. The defense can thank the offense for Saturday's victory over the Fighting Irish, but it did play its part, even if small, forcing two 3-and-outs, picking off a pair of passes and, in keeping with the double theme, recording two turnover on downs.
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