Jim Harbaugh and his No. 5 Michigan Wolverines routed No. 14 Penn State 42-7 at home Saturday evening to improve to 8-1 on the season.
Following the statement win, U-M’s head coach met with the media for his post-game press conference.
Here’s the best quotes from Harbaugh’s media session.
On Michigan Stadium’s noise and fan base:
“It had a different feel … it felt like the old days … the way it’s supposed to be, the way I remember it. It was a Saturday in Michigan. It gives me chills.”
On Dylan McCaffrey:
“He suffered a broken collarbone. I’m a little sad about that right now.”
On the 90-yard drive to give Michigan a 21-0 lead:
“It was big, coming off our 10-yard line. We talked about it before the drive — we knew if we could finish off that drive it would go a long way in the outcome of the ball game. Shea (Patterson) made the right read about half-a-dozen times.”
On Chase Winovich’s play:
“He really set the tone … got that early sack and that was the theme for most of the game, getting pressure on the quarterback.”
On the team’s performance:
“Everybody was doing their job. When everyone’s doing their job, you don’t know who’s going to get the big play. The good thing about our team, is everyone’s going to be happy for whoever makes the big play.”
On the defense:
“Every guy out there is playing really good football. It might be Brandon Watson who makes the big play or Josh Metellus or David Long … we could ?do a list of what impresses us on defense.”
On Don Brown:
“Like a jingle from the 70’s … (sings) You said Don Brown, you said it all.
“He’s the king. The king of defensive coordinators.”
On Penn State running up the score:
“Yes, it’s personal; all of these games are personal. All sides of the ball, that was a really impressive Michigan football team out there. I’m proud of them — let me put an exclamation point on how proud I am *pounds table*.”
On Michigan’s receivers:
“They all have the ability to make the big play. Great at catching the ball — I don’t think we’ve had five drops the whole year, now we’ve played nine games, that’s unbelievable.”
On Michigan ‘winning with attitude’:
“What I see is a really focused and confident team — in themselves and their teammates. I really love this team because of how they care about each other — you can tell by the way they talk about each other … that speaks volumes to me, how close this team is.”
Michigan’s offensive line:
“Really playing well … we thought that was a really good defensive front, probably as good as Notre Dame’s … as good as any we’ve played this season. I know they lead in (tackles for loss) and we were able to stay away from that. I know (athletic director) Warde Manuel watches the offensive line intently and he said Juwann Bushell-Beatty had his best game yet — which is good because we said that he had his best game last week, too.”
On Chris Webber:
“He spoke to our team. It was really cool to see all our guys want to take pictures with him.”