Jim Harbaugh addressed No. 8 Michigan’s scoring woes on the radio Wednesday morning, saying his Wolverines are focusing on getting the ball in the end zone.
“Your job is to move the ball and score touchdowns,” he said on 97.1 The Ticket’s Jamie and Stoney Show. “And put points on the board. But yeah, scoring touchdowns at a high rate, that’s something that we’re focused on and we think will come.”
Harbaugh, whose team is last in the Big Ten in red zone touchdowns with one, said the team’s play calling is done by committee.
To no surprise, offensive coordinator Tim Drevno and passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton do the biggest share of calling plays.
“I’m probably third in line,” Harbaugh said.
Of course, the Wolverines have put up more than 29 points in each of their three opening games, wins against Florida (33-17), Cincinnati (36-14) and Air Force (29-13), but the team is still trying to up that production as it begins its conference slate.
“We stick to our preparation and understanding where we can exploit a defense,” Harbaugh said. “The best way to do that is everybody does their job. I mean, yeah, we have confidence that we’ll be able to get those balls in the end zone.”
Tight end Ian Bunting also weighed in on the red zone problems on Tuesday, echoing Harbaugh on the need to focus and do their jobs.
The 3-0 Wolverines will have a chance to make improvements this weekend, but it may not be easy against a tough 2-1 Purdue squad fresh off a 35-3 drubbing of Missouri.
Harbaugh praised the Boilermakers earlier this week, saying coach Jeff Brohm and his staff were deserving of top coaching honors.
FOX will air the game Saturday at 4 p.m. from West Lafayette, Ind. It will be the first meeting in five years between the two teams.