Heard outside the Michigan locker room: Still undefeated and a hurdle gone wrong

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ANN ARBOR — The Michigan football team makes no apologies for being 10-0.

The third-seeded Wolverines went undefeated by beating Nebraska 34-3 on Saturday in Ann Arbor. The defense was dominant, holding the Cornhuskers (3-7, 2-5 Big Ten) to 146 yards, and the offense alone totaled 412 yards. But Michigan’s passing was still a main talking point at the postgame press conference.

Sophomore JJ McCarthy completed 8 of 17 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns but failed to connect with his target on several deep shots Saturday.

Here are some notable quotes from head coach Jim Harbaugh and Wolverines players after Saturday’s win:

“You balance. When you get 5 yards per scope, 6 yards per scope, it’s hard to just say let’s throw it. Put that on me. I’ll take responsibility that the passing stats weren’t higher than they were and I’ll be happy to be 10-0 and move on to Illinois.

“We’re going to do what we think – when we’re on the line it gives us the best chance of winning the game. We’ve had these conversations before. There are two ways to do it. You can travel by air or by land. Today was a day we chose to go more on the pitch George Patton would be proud of.

– Harbaugh on balancing ball travel while trying to improve the team’s passing attack. The Wolverines rushed for 264 yards and averaged 5.4 yards per carry on Saturday.

“I can play a whole other season. I’m doing well. I feel good. I just keep getting better. I treat my body really well. I’m ready to go.”

– Corum on how he feels physically after another heavy workload. The Heisman Trophy contender has at least 20 carries in seven straight games after rushing 28 times for 162 yards and a score on Saturday.

“I came downstairs, noticed he wasn’t there. My first instinct was to pop up quickly, and I got a piece of him as he was in the air. When I turned around the first thought in my head was right, I prayed for the safest possible outcome because I’ve seen guys in the past stand up, fall on their heads or whatever. I just hoped he would find himself in a safe position.

– Michigan defensive back Mike Sainristil on his hit on Nebraska wide receiver Alante Brown, who tried to get past Sainristil. Brown appeared to be hit in a sensitive area and landed awkwardly when he hit the turf. Fortunately, he jumped right after the game.

But did Sainristil watch the replay?

“I opened my Instagram and got tagged in 31 stories, so yeah, I’ll probably see it for another couple days or so.”

Look at the obstacle attempt here.

“No, it doesn’t make me nervous. For me, hurdling is one of those things, it’s not really planned. It just happens. I don’t enter the game and I say to myself: ‘I’m going to cross out someone today’. I never know what I’m actually going to do. It’s a bit tight, I climb on the guy and then I pull out a tool from my toolbox. It was not a smart obstacle for him. He didn’t need to hinder her. Mikey wasn’t going low. He could have broken his neck. It was bad.”

-Corum on his thoughts on Brown’s hurdle attempt. Corum hustled a defender earlier this season.

“I think we are really close. Just more reps, man. We just need more reps, more workout reps – before, after and during training. I must really be on the same wavelength. Today felt like we were as close as ever to really finishing these games.

— Michigan wide receiver Ronnie Bell on the team’s passing game. Bell had a team-high four catches for 72 yards and a score.

“Coach Jesse Minter and the whole defensive team are doing a great job of, when we come to halftime, making the necessary adjustments and figuring out what we need to do. We’re proud during the week of – we don’t give nothing to anyone in the second half. We just want to keep having shutouts in the second half. We know going into the second half is 0-0. We want to win all the halves.

– Sainristil on the Michigan defense in the second half. Wolverines shut out their opponent in the second half for the third consecutive game and for the fourth time in the last five games.

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