Oct. 8, 2011
Quotes from Michigan Sports Network postgame show
Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke
Opening statement ... "You've got to give Northwestern -- they're a good football team -- credit. Their quarterbacks are both dangerous guys. They did a nice job of blocking us on the perimeter. We've got to do a much better job of getting off blocks there, but they did a nice job, and then we made some bad decisions -- we need to take care of the ball a little better -- and we had three penalties that hurt us momentum-wise offensively. Our kids came into halftime down 10 points and we went out there and fought."
On halftime adjustments ... "We said what it was. We were down 10 points. We had thrown three interceptions for one reason or another, we'd had three penalties on ourselves offensively, we were not getting off blocks on the back end defensively, and that's what it was. That's kind of what we talked about, nothing more, and we talked about how we want to be as a Michigan football team."
On momentum shift in third quarter ... "I think our guys defensively all knew we could play better, we all knew we needed to get more bodies to the ball, and I thought they did a nice job of coming off the football -- Mike (Martin), Ryan (Van Bergen), and (Craig) Roh in there were fighting like heck -- and Will Campbell, we're running some guys in there, he's good and keeps us fresh."
On Denard Robinson playing well in second half ... "He made some great throws, he's a tremendous football player and he just let the ball float a little bit on him a couple times -- just overshot it -- that's fundamentals and techniques and things that we have to constantly talk about, but the kid's a competitor and he loves to play, he loves his teammates, and that's what Michigan football is all about."
U-M Senior/Junior Wide Receiver Roy Roundtree
Opening statement ... "Coach came in at halftime and told us we weren't playing Michigan football. He just told us to go out there and change the game and make an impact in the second half."
On the locker room at halftime... "Guys always stay together. Coach always says, 'Stay together as a team,' and we just went out there with energy. We never let down; we just went out there and played football."
On the 17-yard catch ... "When they called the play, I just went out there and scoped the defense. Once I came off the route, I saw (Denard Robinson) look at me and he put the ball where it needed to be, so I just had to make sure I grabbed it."
On his 58-yard catch ... "Once I got up off the defender I rolled to the outside, and as coach says, 'Make big plays,' and I went up there for the ball like Junior (Hemingway) did earlier."
On Denard Robinson ... "We told Denard (Robinson) just stay calm, the next play is your best play, and we came out there and made some big plays."
U-M Fifth-year Senior Offensive Tackle Mark Huyge
On the halftime locker room atmosphere ... "It was really what it normally is. We were pretty calm. We knew we had to pick it up a little bit, but we had been in that situation before, and anything we could do to pick it up we were going to do it. For the most part, we were just going to keep going. The coaches got their point across."
On the first drive of the third quarter ... "It was very important; it always is, no matter if we're down or up."
On Denard Robinson struggling in the first half and playing well in the second half ... "Nothing ever needs to be said. I love playing with him; everyone loves playing with him. And we knew he would do what was necessary."
U-M Junior/sophomore Safety Thomas Gordon
On his forced fumble ... "They ran that bubble screen and Jake (Ryan) did a good job of holding them up. We always emphasize the second guy coming for the ball trying to get the ball out, and he was carrying it loose and I got it out.
"No question did they do a good job of taking care of the football. We knew we were going to have to play well to get the ball and we got some turnovers."
On the locker room at halftime ... "We came in here and didn't hang our heads; we encouraged each other and knew what we had to do to go out there and play Michigan football and that's what we did."
On Brady Hoke challenging his players ... "He always challenges us, week in and week out at practice, in film sessions, and the more we get coached the better we get."