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September 10, 2013Last weekend, the Wolverine defense surrendered 410 yards to the Notre Dame offense in a 41-30 win.
Since Michigan coach Brady Hoke and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison arrived in Ann Arbor before the 2011 season, an opponent reaching the 400-yard plateau has been a relatively rare occurrence.
In the last three seasons, the Wolverines have given up 400 or more yards on defense just seven times, about once every four games and roughly thrice annually. The 2012 defense was the culprit for the majority of those games, allowing opponents to rack up at least 400 yards four times.
Opposing offenses hit the 400-yard mark nine times in 13 tries in 2010 alone - and 20 times over the three seasons prior to Hoke's tenure.
Despite his defensive mindedness, Hoke and his Michigan teams have actually fared fairly well in instances in which the opponent hit the 400-yard mark, with a 5-2 overall record in those games.
Since the beginning of the 2002 season, the Wolverines have allowed 400 or more yards in 47 games.
In the last three years, Michigan is 16-5 when the opponent gains fewer than 400 yards (76.2 percent) and 5-2 when the opponent is over the 400-yard mark (71.4 percent).