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September 10, 2013

Stat Tracker: U-M When Giving Up 400-Plus Yards

Last 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 those instances, they have posted a sub.-500 record: 22-25 (46.8 percent). During that same time frame, Michigan has a 70-24 record in games that the opponent has failed to hit the 400-yard mark (74.5 percent).

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).

Results In Games U-M Surrendered 400-Plus Yards, 2002-13
Opponent, Year
Total Yds
Pass Yds
Rush Yds
Result
Notre Dame, 2013
410
314
96
W, 41-30
South Carolina, 2012
426
341
85
L, 33-28
Northwestern, 2012
431
183
248
W, 38-31 (OT)
Air Force, 2012
417
127
290
W, 31-25
Alabama, 2012
431
199
232
L, 41-14
Northwestern, 2011
438
331
107
W, 42-24
Notre Dame, 2011
513
315
198
W, 35-31
Mississippi State, 2010
485
281
204
L, 52-14
Ohio State, 2010
478
220
258
L, 37-7
Wisconsin, 2010
558
201
357
L, 48-28
Illinois, 2010
561
246
315
W, 67-65 (OT)
Penn State, 2010
435,
250
185
L, 41-31
Michigan State, 2010
536
287
249
L, 34-17
Indiana, 2010
568
480*
88
W, 42-35
UMass, 2010
439
222
217
W, 42-37
Notre Dame, 2010
535
381
154
W, 28-24
Wisconsin, 2009
469
240
229
L, 45-24
Purdue, 2009
494
367
127
L, 38-36
Illinois, 2009
500
123
377
L, 38-13
Michigan State, 2009
417
220
197
L, 26-20 (OT)
Indiana, 2009
467
270
197
W, 36-33
Notre Dame, 2009
490
336
154
W, 38-34
Ohio State, 2008
416
184
232
L, 42-7
Purdue, 2008
522
266
256
L, 48-42
Michigan State, 2008
473
306
167
L, 35-21
Penn State, 2008
482
251
231
L, 46-17
Illinois, 2008
501
310
191
L, 45-20
Wisconsin, 2007
477
245
232
L, 37-21
Northwestern, 2007
417
289
128
W, 28-16
Oregon, 2007
624
293
331
L, 39-7
USC, 2006
439
391
48
L, 32-18
Ohio State, 2006
503
316
187
L, 42-39
Ohio State, 2005
418
300
118
L, 25-21
Northwestern, 2005
415
326
89
W, 33-17
Iowa, 2005
427
288
139
W, 23-20 (OT)
Penn State, 2005
420
239
181
W, 27-25
Minnesota, 2005
403
139
139
L, 23-20
Michigan State, 2005
455
282
173
W, 34-31 (OT)
Northern Illinois, 2005
411
200
211
W, 33-17
Texas, 2004
444
180
264
L, 38-35
Ohio State, 2004
446
241
205
L, 37-21
Northwestern, 2004
405
215
190
W, 42-20
Michigan State, 2004
535
167
368
W, 45-37 (OT)
USC, 2003
410
342
68
L, 28-14
Minnesota, 2003
495
71
424*
W, 38-35
Florida, 2002
506
323
183
W, 38-20
Illinois, 2002
543
368
175
W, 45-28
*Indicates All-Time High






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