Saturday, September 10, 2011
Michigan coming up with turnovers
By Brian Bennett
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan's defense came up with timely turnovers last week against Western Michigan, turning two into defensive scores.
While the Wolverines haven't been great on defense tonight against Notre Dame, they are once again creating takeaways -- and getting a little help from the Irish.
Jordan Kovacs picked off a Tommy Rees pass early in the second quarter, setting up a 43-yard touchdown pass by Denard Robinson two plays later to make it 14-7. The Wolverines showed an aggressive defensive look before that interception, with their deepest player no more than 5 yards from the line of scrimmage. It seemed to confuse Rees.
Rees also made a mistake later in the red zone, forcing a ball into traffic that J.T. Floyd picked off. Notre Dame now has four turnovers in the red zone in its first six quarters of the season.
The Irish are still dominating statistically, but because Michigan has come up with a pair of turnovers, the game is still just 14-7. The Wolverines may need more, because right now they don't have a lot of answers for Michael Floyd, who's over 100 yards receiving already.