“Proud of the way our guys came up here to fight. Michigan is an outstanding football team,” Northwestern Pat Fitzgerald told the media after his squad lost to 33-7 to the Wolverines.
Northwestern kept it close for awhile, heading into the locker room trailing just 10-7. However, it was all Michigan in the second half, outscoring the Wildcats 23-0 and finding major success in the running game.
“They’re the best rushing offense in the country for a reason. They’ve got a great offensive line, really good tight ends, and they’ve got a two-headed monster at running back that’s as good or better than anybody in the country,” Fitzgerald. “They have great talent, great scheme, and they executed pretty darn well today.”
Haskins had 110 yards and 2 touchdowns while Corum rushed for 118 and 2 touchdowns as well. Fitzgerald was also impressed by Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara, who went 20-of-27 for 129 yards with no touchdowns or picks. ”I don’t think their quarterback gets enough credit,” Fitzgerald said. “I think he’s poised, I think he does a really good job taking what the defense gives him.”
Fitzgerald’s praise for Michigan didn’t stop there.
“I think the receivers can take the top off. The tight ends are long, can run. Their back end can fly around. I love the way their back end plays. They’re in unison. They’ve got really talented guys in the kick game,” Fitzgerald said.
There’s a lot of credit to throw around when a team gives up just seven points, and Fitzgerald was acutely aware of Northwestern’s shortcomings while acknowledging the talent Michigan has.
“Credit Michigan,” Fitzgerald said. “I thought they had a great second half, and they were able to take advantage of, quite frankly, some of our misfortunes. Not protecting a punt, not tackling how we had in the first half, and then not being able to finish or sustain drives, putting our defense in a tough situation.”
7-0 Michigan takes on 7-0 Michigan State next Saturday at noon ET in East Lansing.