Michigan Football: 3 key stats that defined win over Ohio State

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Syndication: Detroit Free Press
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3. Michigan football punted the ball twice all game

For whatever strange reason Saturday, teams were muffing punts left and right and not just limited to that barn-burner bedlam game. We also saw issues with fielding punts against Maryland if my memory serves me correctly.

That’s beside the point and a minor focal point, what this stat at face value does not tell is that Michigan was countering every Ohio State attack with a right and left hook. The Wolverines matched the Buckeyes statistically in total yards. The Buckeyes coming into the game were one of the highest-rated offenses in the country, so for Michigan football to match their production is simply astonishing.

In prior years, the Wolverines would hang in there but eventually stop producing any offensive momentum, but it just kept coming and coming from the Wolverines. In the 2nd half, Michigan scored a touchdown on literally every offensive drive, until it took a knee that is.

Michigan’s productivity moved them into the upper-echelons of total offense in the country, coming in at precisely at 19, still, 18 spots behind the Buckeyes even though they matched every offensive attack with their own.

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