1. The defense stymied Rutgers following the first possession
Three plays into the affair and Rutgers was leading the number two team in the country on the road. That didn’t last long though. Michigan’s defense completely denied Kyle Monangai, as the reigning Big Ten offensive player of the week was non-existent. He went for 100 plus the last two times out, but was held to a season-low 27 yards.
Gavin Wimsatt could never find a rhythm. He ended up being the Scarlet Knights top rusher, but that didn’t amount to anything significant. In all the Rutgers offense did accumulate the most total yards against the Michigan football defense this year, but they eventually got shut out for 59 minutes of game action.
Mike Sainristil’s interception was the dagger. Rutgers was threatening and only down 10, but the senior snatched the momentum away in an instant. The unit remains steady at not giving up points. If Kris Jenkins would have scored on his interception a week ago, then that would be back-to-back weeks with defensive scores.