Swiss cheese: Michigan's miserable defensive statistics are eye-opening
Michigan’s defense is bad.
While not exactly the best kept secret to B1G football fans, exactly how bad may not be surprising.
The Wolverine defense currently ranks 104th nationally in passing yards per game and their handling of Indiana quarterback Michael Penix, Jr. didn’t help. Angelique Chengelis of The Detroit News shared some unflattering statistics as it pertained to the U-M defense through three games this fall.
Penix basically had his way with the Michigan secondary during the Hoosiers 38-21 victory Saturday. The Hoosiers QB totaled 342 passing yards, 30 completions and three touchdowns while Penix’s two primary targets, Whop Philyor and Ty Fryfogle repeatedly ran past the Wolverines secondary.
Entering the day, the Hoosiers offense ranked 13th in the Big Ten in total offense, yet ended the game adding 460 total yards to their offense’s stat sheet. Indiana averaged just 279 yards per game against Penn State and Rutgers in the weeks prior.
Making matters worse for the Michigan secondary is the inability to manage any pass-rush up front. The Wolverines had no sacks and just six quarterback hurries against Indiana. With no front-7 pressure on the quarterback, the breakdowns in the secondary are no surprise.
The Wolverines are slated to host Wisconsin on Saturday, Nov. 14.
Michigan stats nationally, some glaring numbers on defense:
Pass yards allowed 104th (of 123), 3rd D conv 87th, red zone D, 96th, sacks, 85th, TFL 100th
Penalties per game 105th (8.33 avg), penalty yards per game T-118th (85)
Offense — ranked 81st rushing (140.3)
— angelique (@chengelis) November 8, 2020