Michigan rides defense to victory
Unit accounts for 4 turnovers, 8 sacks in dealing Iowa 1st loss
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Leaning on a sack-making, turnover-producing defense, No. 19 Michigan earned a desperately needed win.
Zach Charbonnet ran for a 2-yard touchdown to give the Wolverines an early double-digit lead and their defense did the rest in a 10-3 win over No. 14 Iowa, forcing four turnovers and tallying eight sacks Saturday.
“A defensive masterpiece,” coach Jim Harbaugh said.
The Wolverines (4-1, 2-1 Big Ten) were held scoreless over the final three quarters because they could not run or pass effectively, scoring just three points off the Hawkeyes’ turnovers.
“We’re fortunate the defense came out and played they way they did,” Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson said.
Iowa (4-1, 1-1) failed to take advantage of favorable field position on its final two drives with a chance to extend the game or possibly win it with a touchdown and 2-point conversion.
The Hawkeyes turned the ball over on downs at the Michigan 44 with 37 seconds left after a penalty- and sack-filled drive forced them to punt with a fourth-and-36 at midfield on the previous possession.
“We didn’t help ourselves with some costly errors,” coach Kirk Ferentz said.
Michigan defensive back Lavert Hill (24) recorded an interception in Saturday’s win.