Durkin, now Michigan’s defensive coordinator, has worked extensively with both head coaches involved in this year’s Michigan-Ohio State rivalry.
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.
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.
Carr was initially diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma in September 2014.
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.
For the second straight week, Michigan went on the road, played in an emotionally charged atmosphere and took care of its business.
They don’t call it Happy Valley for nothing, and the Michigan football team was all smiles as it left State College on Saturday.
STATE COLLEGE — At first, it looked like it was going to be another long day for the Michigan defensive line.
The Wolverines, when it mattered most, made some of the game’s routine plays count.
The Wolverines beat Penn State by 12 points. Three times, they held the Nittany Lions to three instead of seven. There’s your ballgame.