Michi­gan rides de­fense to vic­tory

Unit ac­counts for 4 turnovers, 8 sacks in deal­ing Iowa 1st loss

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Larry Lage

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.

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