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Rashan Gary says defensive issues were due to lack of execution

A great performance at times for the Michigan defense, but there were mistakes

NCAA Football: Central Florida at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary had a monster game statistically against Ohio State, racking up 10 tackles and 2 sacks, but the loss has him scratching his head.

Gary feels the Michigan defense knew what Ohio State was doing, and the eventual success they had were because of mistakes, not because they were surprised by anything OSU was throwing their way.

“To be honest, it was just mistakes on our end. They didn’t do nothing special, we just failed to stop what we know we’ve been practicing, preparing for all week. They didn’t show us nothing we didn’t see during practice so that’t just not capitalizing on what we knew, breakdown of the play.”

Gary does have a point. In the first quarter the Michigan defense held the OSU offense to negative yards gained, but the second quarter OSU turned it around, and then they did it again midway through the third quarter. While Ohio State did what they had to do, there were few wow plays, missed assignments continued to transpire.

The stout Michigan defense played great for big stretches, but they learned a mistake here, and a mistake there can really come back to bite you.