The Michigan Wolverines improved to 2-0 over the weekend with a dominant 31-10 win over the Washington Huskies. Head coach Jim Harbaugh employed a full-team attack that include special teams’ trickery, a stout defense, and an offense that focused on its bruising running attack.
Running back Blake Corum led the way with 171 yards and three rushing touchdowns on 21 carries. Meanwhile, Hassan Haskins carried the ball 27 times for 155 yards and one score. Given that star wide receiver Ronnie Bell was out of the game, they had to rely on his running attack and it really paid off for the Wolverines.
During his Monday press conference, Harbaugh seemed to feel the need to defend Michigan’s reliance on the run and ended up providing a very colorful quote in the process.
“There are a lot of ways to travel” — Jim Harbaugh on moving the ball
— angelique (@chengelis) September 13, 2021
Jim Harbaugh says he’s heard people ask him why Michigan ran so much. Notes that some, like George Patton, get their job done on the ground. Others, like Neil Armstrong, get it done in the air. Harbaugh said, on Saturday, they chose the ground: “Mission accomplished.”
— Zach Shaw (@_ZachShaw) September 13, 2021
— Michigan Football – UMGoBlue (@UMGoBlog) September 13, 2021
“George Patton was able to get the job done on the ground,” said Harbaugh. “Neil Armstrong, through the air…on Saturday we got our mission accomplished on the ground.”
As you might imagine, college football fans and media had a lot of fun with Harbaugh’s latest comments.
This is the Harbaughiest thing that Harbaugh ever Harbaughed. https://t.co/89XVV7muKT
— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) September 13, 2021
Harbaugh has become the Ted Lasso from the NBC Sports commercials instead of the Ted Lasso from the show. https://t.co/Q5QU2UCFVV
— Mike Donovan (@TheMikeDonovan) September 13, 2021
was Jim Harbaugh one of the assistant scoutmasters in my Boy Scout troop?
this feels like something an assistant scoutmaster would say https://t.co/adxAC3x49b
— Ethan Lee (@leeethanj) September 13, 2021
I desperately want to believe that Harbaugh believes Patton walked everywhere.
— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) September 13, 2021
Part of Patton’s whole deal was air support, Harbaugh, you nitwit. https://t.co/E9eTwLip31
— Tom McGrath (@TCMcG) September 13, 2021
People like to rag on Harbaugh because of his inability to beat Ohio State or get Michigan back to the national championship picture, but, love him or hate him, college football is certainly more interesting with him in it.