Saturday, November 21, 2009
Michigan's defense comes out hot
By ESPN.com staff
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- One of the weakest units in the Big Ten looks pretty good so far today.
Michigan's maligned defense has held Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeyes' offense in check. I like Michigan's decision to move Troy Woolfolk back to deep safety after moving him to cornerback midway through the season. The defensive line has shut down Ohio State's run game, and Mike Martin came up with a big sack on Pryor, losing his helmet in the process.
You got the feeling defense would translate into offense for Michigan as Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson led a balanced drive into the red zone. But a questionable third-down call -- I hate the bubble screen -- led to a short field-goal attempt, which Jason Olesnavage missed.
Tough blow there for Michigan as Ohio State still leads 7-0.