Michigan beat Iowa by a score of 10-3 on Saturday, keeping its hopes alive for a Big Ten title in the process. The game featured 15 punts, five turnovers and two missed field goals. In short, it was an ugly affair.
Or, as Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh suggested instead, it was a defensive masterpiece. Harbaugh categorized the game as such when speaking to reporters after the contest.
Jim Harbaugh is giving his first unprompted opening statement that I can recall.
Called the game a "defensive masterpiece." Did not address the offense in his opening remarks.
— Zach Shaw (@_ZachShaw) October 5, 2019
While Michigan’s offense was putrid, its defense put forth an incredible effort. The Wolverines forced four turnovers – including three interceptions – and gave up just three points.
Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley finished 23-of-42 for 260 yards with three interceptions. He also somehow rushed for -65 yards.
Michigan’s defense looked every bit the part of a Big Ten title contender on Saturday. But if the Wolverines want to have a shot against Ohio State next month, the offense will have to come around.
Michigan will head to Illinois next Saturday.