Michigan let Air Force hang around for much of the Wolverines’ 29-13 win on Saturday, but a few late scores helped secure the win.
Here is what Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said after the game:
On red-zone scoring – or lack thereof:
“I thought both teams played really good red-zone defense. We had the right calls on at the right times and pushed them back out of opportunities to score TDs. They held the line, as well.”
On Air Force:
“They play a brand of football I really like, just keep jabbing away and don’t make mistakes. Don’t turn the ball over. You get first downs and push the opponent back. They make you go beat you. They don’t beat themselves.”
On Donovan Peoples-Jones:
“It’s good to see Donovan got us going and made the big play offensively and special teams-wise. Great to see him a factor. Like Tarik [Black] has done, those freshmen that are playing in there, it’s their third ballgame and they’re huge factors.”
On kicker Quinn Nordin:
“It’s great to see him in a great place, kicking them confidently with room to spare, and the distance he’s kicking from.”
Harbaugh on his offensive “consistency”:
“The run blocking, the protection has been really good. That was a big question in the season, coming into camp. What our offense or our offensive line would look like. That’s been really good. Backs have been strong. Quarterbacks have been strong. He’s quarterbacking the seventh-ranked team in the country. He’s quarterbacking the winningest program in all of football. It’s good to be Wilton Speight.”
Harbaugh on if Peoples-Jones will be used in more roles:
“We’re giving a lot of thought to using Donovan a lot of ways. It’s his third game. What an outstanding thing for 15 or so guys that are playing as true freshmen. It’s a testament to their ability, their talent, their effort. He’s been plus plus plus.
“I feel like great things will happen for Donovan Peoples-Jones.”
“We won on special teams. That’s got to be a good confidence-builder and a good momentum-builder going forward.”