Top quotes from Jim Harbaugh following blowout of Wisconsin

By Brandon Justice ,


Photo by Patrick Barron

ANN ARBOR — No. 12 Michigan dominated No. 15 Wisconsin at home on Saturday night, 38-13.

Following Saturday’s contest, U-M head coach Jim Harbaugh spoke to the media about his team’s victory in the national spotlight.

Here are the best quotes from Harbaugh’s post-game press conference.

On quarterback runs: “It was big. Shea really got things going in the first quarter with the long run and the touchdown run he had. it allowed to stretch their defense and hit all the gaps — make them account for and cover as many gaps as we could.”

On second half adjustments: “Well, we went to as many “C” gap plays as we could. We took our best six and ran them pretty much the whole second half. I can’t think of any missed assignments, penalties, nothing; great job by our guys up front today.”

On secondary: “Playing really good in the secondary … great play by Lavert (Hill) and some PBUs. Nice to see us get our hands on the ball.”

On Shea: “Shea’s really good, really effective. He was really good in his reads … The run game was just so effective that we kept going back to it.”

On toughness: “Yeah, in terms of being a physical team, I think we are that. Guys did a great job defensively, that’s a great back, and we fought base tonight. Heck of a good team, everything they’ve done … their record is 15-1 on the road since Paul’s been there … they do a tremendous job coaching. They only give up 14 points a game … our guys responded well.”

On offensive line: “Everything we’ve been talking about … improvement, just getting better and better. Confident group. They’re all playing their best football and really well together.”

On Shea Patterson’s big run: “It set a good tone. It was a big play. It always comes down to that — guys making plays. That certainly was a big one. He can run, he showed that — and so did Dylan (McCaffrey).”

On the Bo Schembechler saying, “Those Who Stay Will Be Champions”: “We were focused on this game, just like we will be next game. We’ve espoused to the theory that improvement will lead to success and championships.”

On holding Johnathan Taylor to 101 yards: “Well, he’s a heck of a good back … getting off of blocks, I think our guys did that up front. It’s tough to shut someone completely out that’s that good, but I feel like we did a good job tonight.”

On Michael DwumFour and Chris Evans: “I think they did good. Michael was one of those guys that was key on some knockback plays … America loves a tough guy and he fits that mold. Really proud of him. Chris is still coming along, maybe not at the top gear yet … it’s good to see him out there. He contributed. Chris was great tonight and found the holes.”

On matching Michigan State’s intensity in the rivalry: “We’ll be really intense for it.”

On Rashan Gary’s availability next week: “I don’t know.”

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