Football

Defensive coordinator Don Brown was pleased with how his unit bounced back against Northwestern.

Don Brown is pleased with how his defense bounced back against Northwestern on Saturday.

Michigan offensive line coach Ed Warinner has preached not taking plays off this season.

Michigan's offensive line has improved over the last four games under Ed Warinner.

Sophomore safety Brad Hawkins was a part of a defense that gave up 17 points in the first half of Northwestern's game on Saturday.

The Wolverines' defense is No. 1 in total defense, but struggled early against Northwestern on Saturday.

Fifth-year senior defensive end Chase Winovich currently leads the nation in tackles-for-loss with 10.5.

After Saturday’s 20-17 comeback win over Northwestern — a game in which fifth-year senior defensive end Chase Winovich registered nine tackles, three tackles-for-loss and a sack, and more broadly, was relentless — Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said it was one of the best games of Winovich’s career.

Redshirt junior left tackle Jon Runyan Jr., believes Michigan's offensive line has improved in its pass protection.

The season-opening loss to Notre Dame displayed numerous truths about the Michigan football team. It showed that the addition of one player — junior quarterback Shea Patterson — couldn’t fix everything. It showed the beginnings of a heavily-penalized defense.

Senior running back Karan Higdon carried the ball 30 times in Saturday's win over Northwestern.

Karan Higdon got 30 carries on Saturday, the most in his college career.

Fifth-year senior defensive end Chase Winovich led Michigan in tackles on Saturday.

Chase Winovich isn't a captain this season but is still leading his team to his ultimate goal of a national championship.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh's team is near the bottom of Division I football in penalties.

Michigan's penalty problems continued in win over Northwestern.

Sophomore defensive end Kwity Paye had two sacks in Michigan's win over Northwestern.

Josh Uche and Kwity Paye asserted themselves in career-best days on Saturday.

The Michigan defense sacked Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson five times in the second half.

Michigan's defense, under the direction of Don Brown, stepped up to dominate Northwestern in the second half.