Michigan Football: 3 takeaways from lopsided Big Ten title win

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2. The defense continually thwarted Iowa’s attack all night long

Mike MacDonald’s defense put together a masterpiece of a performance by keeping Iowa’s offense stagnant time and time again. Aidan Hutchinson got his 14th sack and brought home more hardware for his trophy case by becoming the first defensive player in Big Ten football championship history to win the award.

Iowa switched quarterbacks to try and spark a fire to their offense, but nothing changed. Spencer Petras was pedestrian, while Alex Padilla fared no better.

Both Tyler Goodson and Gavin Williams were locked up and couldn’t break the 60-yard barrier. Overall the Iowa offense gained a mere 279 yards and three points to show for it on the board.

One could make an argument that Mike MacDonald deserves the game ball for last night and all season long.

There is not a better assistant coach in the nation who totally transformed his unit from were Don Brown left them a year ago. Michigan and Jim Harbaugh must do whatever they can to lock him up long-term to stay in Ann Arbor for the foreseeable future.