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UM linebacker Khaleke Hudson on giving up the late touchdown Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News

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Ann Arbor — Michigan entered Saturday's game against Maryland with the nation’s top-rated defense.

The Wolverines were allowing 232.6 yards a game and held the Terps to 220 yards of offense in a 42-21 victory on Saturday. Maryland was averaging 399.8 yards a game.

“It was really an epic defensive performance,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Great job, great performance.”

Michigan did give up two fourth-quarter touchdowns after shutting down the Terps the first three quarters — their first touchdown was on a 98-yard kickoff return with 1:10 left in the first quarter. Javon Leake scored on a 1-yard run with 11:28 left in the fourth quarter and then added a touchdown with just under two minutes left.

“I thought we did well,” said linebacker Khaleke Hudson, who had five tackles, including two for loss. “I feel that a couple plays at the end we could have fixed that. But sometimes that happens. Just anchor down and move on to the next week.”

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Maryland was 5-of-13 on third down. The Wolverines had five tackles for loss and two sacks — from Hudson and Michael Dwumfour.

Brandon Watson got his second interception of the season when he picked off Kasim Hill and ran it back 46 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was the first pick-6 of his career. It was the fifth interception of the season for the Wolverines and second returned for a touchdown.

Linebacker Devin Bush admitted he’s getting greedy when asked if this was an “epic” performance by the defense.

“We should have held them under 100 (yards),” Bush said.

angelique.chengelis@detroitnews.com

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