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Harbaugh pleased with Wolverines' high-scoring defense

09/11/2017, 1:01pm EDT
By By KYLE ROWLAND BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Michigan D has outscored opponents 21-17

Harbaugh pleased with UM defense

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh directs his players on the field during warmups before an NCAA college football game against Cincinnati, in Ann Arbor, Mich. ASSOCIATED PRESS

ANN ARBOR — Two games into the season, it appears Michigan’s defense hasn’t missed a beat.

Similar to 2016, opponents are facing difficulties moving the football and getting it into the end zone. The Wolverines have scored more touchdowns on defense than they’ve given up — three to two. In all, Michigan has scored 21 defensive points and allowed 17.

On Saturday, Michigan had multiple pick-sixes, one by Tyree Kinnel who was named the Big Ten’s defensive player of the week. He finished with a career-high nine tackles, an interception return for a touchdown, one sack, and two pass breakups.

“There was a lot of good [defensively]. Dodged a couple bullets,” coach Jim Harbaugh said about Saturday’s 36-14 win over Cincinnati. “As pointed out, we scored two touchdowns on defense. We’re doing well there, We’re good. Attribute that to hard work, good coaching, and good players.”

Michigan hosts Air Force at noon Saturday in Michigan Stadium.

Contact Kyle Rowland at krowland@theblade.com, 419-724-6110, or on Twitter @KyleRowland.

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