Defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin runs drills with the linebackers before Michigan's game against Penn State on Saturday.

Durkin, now Michigan’s defensive coordinator, has worked extensively with both head coaches involved in this year’s Michigan-Ohio State rivalry.

Michigan's defense seeks better results against Ohio State.

Six weeks ago, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh reached into his bank of allusions for a motivational tool. That week, the Wolverines took on Michigan State, which had dominated them for the previous two years by an average of 23.5 points.

Joe Bolden, who grew up in Ohio, will play Ohio State for the final time Saturday.

Even with their fate out of their own hands, the Wolverines say Ohio State’s loss won’t lower the stakes on Saturday’s game.

Redshirt junior wide receiver Jehu Chesson has #CHADTOUGH written on his helmet during the team's game against Indiana. The entire team wrote the hashtag on their helmets to honor Chad Carr's yearlong fight with brain cancer.

Carr was initially diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma in September 2014.

Saturday's game will mean a great deal to Jim Harbaugh.

It took Jim Harbaugh 21 seconds to reference Bo Schembechler at his introductory press conference last December. He walked up to the podium and apologized for his hoarse voice. 

Michigan's defensive line will fine without Ryan Glasgow.

For the second straight week, Michigan went on the road, played in an emotionally charged atmosphere and took care of its business.

Jake Rudock had another solid game for Michigan.

They don’t call it Happy Valley for nothing, and the Michigan football team was all smiles as it left State College on Saturday. 

Senior linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone puts pressure on Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the fourth quarter. The pass was incomplete.

STATE COLLEGE — At first, it looked like it was going to be another long day for the Michigan defensive line.

Junior cornerback Jourdan Lewis evades Penn State cornerback Trevor Williams while returning a kickoff for 55 yards on Saturday.

The Wolverines, when it mattered most, made some of the game’s routine plays count.

Redshirt junior cornerback Jeremy Clark blocks a pass to Penn State wide receiver Geno Lewis during the second half of Michigan's defeat of Penn State.

The Wolverines beat Penn State by 12 points. Three times, they held the Nittany Lions to three instead of seven. There’s your ballgame.