Jim Harbaugh has completed five seasons in charge of the Michigan Wolverines with consistent but not exciting results. He has amassed a .723 winning percentage with each year ending between eight and 10 wins. Though the maize and blue faithful may be hoping for something more, this is not the time to dwell on the negatives!
With plenty of time to kill during the offseason, join us as we review each of Harbaugh’s 47 wins as head coach of the Michigan Wolverines. While the losses do exist — and are often more memorable than the victories, unfortunately — they are not very fun to relive so I am skipping them because this is supposed to be a happy exercise!
Setting the stage: 6-2 (3-2 B1G)
The Brandon Peters era had begun, sending the Wolverines to quarterback number three on the season. While the realistic outcomes for the year had been revised downwards, there was a breath of fresh air into the program with some newfound hope in the change at quarterback. It was everyone but Peters, however, who had a big game against Minnesota, as Michigan retained the Little Brown Jug 33-10.
1. It was the second night game at Michigan Stadium, and once again the weather was not so cooperative. Peters led the Wolverines down the field and hit Sean McKeon on their first drive for a 7-0 lead but did not do too much after that. The numbers were modest for his first career start, only throwing the ball eight times for just 56 yards. Given the weather, his inexperience, and the success of the run game, there was no need to lean on the redshirt freshman too much.
2. Karan Higdon and Chris Evans showed that they were more than up for the task, putting on an absolute clinic. Hidgon recorded 200 yards, Evans added 191 more, and the duo each found the end zone twice while completely shredding the Gopher defense. Touchdown runs from the pair of 77 yards, 67 yards, and 60 yards put the game well out of reach and allowed Michigan to keep pounding the ball on the ground.
3. The Gophers briefly tied the game at seven in the first quarter but quickly lost the lead and did not score again until the final two minutes of the game. The Wolverines allowed just 164 yards on the evening and were unrelenting on defense. Perhaps benefiting from the weather, Michigan made sure to limit the run game and allowed only two yards per carry.
While the two running backs put up a performance that is not easily matched, many remember this game for the effort of Khaleke Hudson. The viper put on a clinic of what exactly the position can be, terrorizing the Minnesota backfield all night. He ended the game with a ridiculous 13 tackles, 6.5 TFLs, two sacks, and a forced fumble. Hudson made an impact on seemingly every drive and was simply unable to be contained.