Harbaugh: Michigan, not UCF, was more physical
Ann Arbor – UCF coach Scott Frost said his team “outhit” Michigan last Saturday, but Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, after praising the Knights, said he’s pretty sure the Wolverines were a bit more physical.
After the Wolverines defeated UCF 51-14 at Michigan Stadium, Frost told reporters of his observation.
“It’s hard to say when the score is what it is, but we came in here and outhit those guys today,” Frost said after the game. “Standing on the sideline, there’s no doubt which team was hitting harder. Our guys came in hungry and wanted to do that.
“It’s rare you can come into Michigan and rush for 300 yards on them. They had to run a fly sweep in the fourth quarter to get to 100. I give our defense a ton of credit.”
UCF had 275 rushing yards and Michigan had 119.
Harbaugh, at his news conference Monday, said he was impressed with the Knights' speed and how physical they were.
“I agree they played very well,” Harbaugh said. “My view of it after the game and after watching the film was that we got the job done. We took care of business physically in the lines.
“As you noticed, I didn’t say we dominated. But I thought we got the better of it, but not by a huge margin. I thought they have a very good football team. They’re very well coached, and I was impressed with their aggression, their toughness, their speed.”
Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight also thought UCF played hard. Speight took two sacks. The Knights had eight tackles for loss.
“I know their coach was big on saying how they came in and outhit us,” Speight said Monday. “But yeah, you have to give them respect. They came in and they weren’t scared.”