Michigan Football: 3 stats that defined Wolverines win over NIU

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Rocky Lombardi passes for 46 yards

The defense has been overshadowed a bit by the offense, yet through three games, the Wolverines are allowing just 11 points per game. They have given up just four touchdowns and two of those were in garbage time, only one has come in the first half.

Lombardi obviously had success against Michigan a year ago, but Don Brown’s defense made it easy. Either his pressure packages worked or quarterbacks had 1-on-1 down the field all day.

That wasn’t the case this time around and Lombardi looked terrible. The Wolverines didn’t even sack the former MSU quarterback although Aidan Hutchinson appeared to be robbed of a sack in the second half…still holding any quarterback to 46 yards passing is impressive.

Daxton Hill, Vincent Gray, and Gemon Green all had nice days in coverage and Green was finally able to come up and an interception that hopefully, will build his confidence, cause he can play.

The run defense was impressive too and limited Harrison Waylee, a back averaging 160 yards per game, to just 28 and 2.8 yards per attempt, but the pass defense is what caught my eye.