Michigan pulled away late for a 36-14 win over Cincinnati on Saturday.
The Wolverines move to 2-0 with the win over former Ohio State assistant Luke Fickell’s Bearcats. Lavert Hill iced the game with a pick-6, Wilton Speight had 221 yards on 17-for-29 passing and Ty Isaac ran for 133 yards on 20 carries.
Here’s what Jim Harbaugh had to say after the win:
On RB Isaac:
“Ty had a heck of a game, a career high for him. He keeps ascending, so I feel good. Fullbacks are doing a nice job, and most of our veteran players are doing good.”
“We’ve got to get experience playing. First time for guys playing in the Big House, going through a week of school. We’re going to be patient.”
“There was a lot of good, and there was a lot of times when the screen’s going a little fuzzy and we’re not doing our assignments. Fumbles, those hurt. And the ball handling. We keep going. Wins are tough to come by, and we’re happy to have this one.”
Reporter: “What happened between the big start and the fourth quarter?”
Harbaugh: “You saw the game. I’ll just let you write whatever you want. You’re a paid writer.”
“We could document it and go through it play by play, like Larry wants me to, but that’s kind of the cause of it. … we have to get into a rhythm. All 11 have to execute. That’s on us as coaches and the players, to evaluate what’s causing it and how to get our offense into a rhythm. We can move the ball. We had the feeling coming out of this game that we stopped ourselves, on occasion. That’s a challenge for our team.”
On Florida contingent/Hurricane Irma
“We all have relatives in Florida. We all do. All we can do is pray about it. And check and make sure your family is OK. It’s a challenge. Guys were talking about it and making calls, et cetera. Praying for the state of Florida. Some things we can’t control.”
On a fumbled punt return:
“The decision to not catch the ball was coming too late and allowed too many guys to come around the ball. We’re going to have to keep coaching that up. Guys doing it the first time, you have to come off blocking your man as you get closer to the return … you’ve got to find the returner, and it’s not easy to do.”
“There’s experience that needs to take place there, and I wanted to go with a guy who had a little more time and experience.”
Did you see growth from Week 1 to 2?
“We grew in experience. There’s a lot of things for each individual player to think about. In a number of ways of playing a football game, there’s things that you can’t experience until you experience them. There’s a lot. Handling your emotions, handling a week of school for the first time, being in that environment, that atmosphere, there’s nerves, there’s butterflies, and you get experience how to handle it.”
Have you had to think about how young the guys are?
“I think about it a lot. And what you’re asking somebody to do and putting them in a position where they’re confident and really understand it, that’s the ideal position. There’s a lot of, who’s really got this? You don’t know for sure. It happened, first the punter, the snapper, the kicker, did a nice job [Saturday].”
“It’s hard to execute. It’s hard to play with a lot of emotion. You’re better off into them. But think about it, you try to anticipate, you try to resolve where you can. The other thing in my mind is, you can’t dumb it down Barney-style, either, and just line up in two tight ends in a balanced line and think you’re just going to run off tackle play after play after play, when they have five defensive linemen in the game.”