Survive, if you can.
Through the first nine games of Michigan’s season, the opposing teams have stuck with one quarterback only three times.
ESPN’s Dan Murphy profiled Michigan’s defense and its habit of forcing quarterback changes either through quarterback ineffectiveness or injury. The three quarterbacks to make it through the entire game are in bold.
- Hawaii’s Ikaika Woolsey: 7-for-13, 88 yards, 1 INT (didn’t start second half)
- UCF’s Justin Holman: 3-for-11, 19 yards (leg injury)
- Colorado’s Sefo Liufau: 16-for-25, 246 yards, 3 TDs (ankle injury)
- Penn State’s Trace McSorley: 16-for-27, 121 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
- Wisconsin’s Alex Hornibrook: 9-for-25, 88 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
- Rutgers’ Chris Laviano: 1-for-8, 6 yards (benched)
- Illinois’ Jeff George Jr.: 4-for-15, 95 yards, TD, INT
- Michigan State’s Tyler O’Connor: 7-for-14, 84 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT (played 3 QBs)
- Maryland’s Perry Hills: 4-for-4, 73 yards (shoulder injury)
With quarterbacks, we go out there with no ill will or malicious intent. We’re taught to run through hits. We don’t want to be missing tackles. We have no malicious intent, but we’re going to play the game of football. It’s a physical game.
The numbers back up Michigan’s dominance. The Wolverines give up a nation-best 246 yards and 10.7 points per game. That includes only 138.9 passing yards per game — almost 10 yards per game ahead of No. 2 Florida.
Michigan’s defense has been so good, Jabrill Peppers basically issued a challenge to anyone who thinks another team has a better defense.
“We believe we’re the best defense in the country. We don’t listen to anyone who says differently, and if they do — put the ball down and let’s play 60 minutes of football to find out,” Peppers said.
Michigan will now have to deal with Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard when the Wolverines visit for an 8 p.m. ET kick Saturday on ABC. Beathard is 136-for-227 for 1,584 yards, 13 TDs and 5 INTs this season for the 5-4 Hawkeyes. He’ll try to do better than his predecessors.