Jim Knowles knows his defense did not perform well enough against Michigan.

The usually-strong Buckeye defense was absolutely torched, allowing Michigan to obtain 530 yards of total offense. Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy threw for 263 yards and 3 TDs. The Wolverines are known for their rushing attack, but that did not prevent the team from connecting on deep passes all day long.

After the game, Knowles said “certainly that falls on me,” regarding the big plays. “I just take responsibility. That’s all I can do.” Knowles said. “I didn’t do a good enough job and I need to do better.”

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The 45-23 loss for the Buckeyes is the 2nd consecutive loss against the Wolverines.

Ryan Day also chimed in on the defensive effort, saying the explosive plays “should have never happened.”

The Buckeyes will now need help to get into the College Football Playoff.