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Jim Harbaugh says Michigan offense is hitting their stride

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Jim Harbaugh says he has great faith in his players and coaches. We take a look at why Harbaugh thinks the Michigan offense is hitting their stride

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Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh sat at his post-game presser following Michigan’s 10-3 win over Iowa ecstatic about Wolverines defensive performance, and was optimistic about Michigan’s offense going forward as well.

“I thought they took what was there,” Harbaugh said. “It’s about every Iowa-Michigan game I’ve ever been associated with. 12-10, 10-3, 13-10, something like that. I thought Shea in particular took what was there. Sometimes, there wasn’t anything there. Managed the game extremely well. Did the job on the turnovers. Won that battle.”

On the day, quarterback Shea Patterson was 14-of-26 for 147 yards with 1 interception against a Iowa team that was ranked No. 5 in total defense heading into the game. The Wolverines were 3-of-13 on 3rd down, averaged 4.5 yards per play, and had 267 yards of total offense. Michigan’s lone offensive touchdown was a 2-yard Zach Charbonnet run, who carried the ball 13 times for 42 yards. Michigan’s run game accounted for 120 yards. The offensive line had one of their better days in pass protection, allowing just two sacks and giving Patterson ample time to operate more often than not.

“I thought our offensive line played really good, played really physical. Played against some really good players, too. They’ve got guys that can put pressure on the quarterback. That showed up a few times,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh believes Michigan’s offense is trending in the right direction. “I really think we’re hitting our stride, I really do,” Harbaugh said. “The way our offense has been practicing, they way they’ve been preparing. I have great faith that they’re hitting their stride.”

When asked how they’re hitting their stride, Harbaugh said “In every way. In every way.”

Michigan’s offense will be looking to put more points on the scoreboard next week when they head to Champaign, Illinois to take on the Fighting Illini.