Michigan defensive line coach Shaun Nua wasn’t reaching when he described the team’s defensive performance as “unacceptable” in last weekend’s debacle against Wisconsin.

The Wolverines lost 49-11 to the Badgers last Saturday at Michigan Stadium, where they are winless this season and are now 1-3 overall. Michigan is preparing this week to play at Rutgers in another prime-time game Saturday.

Michigan has lost three straight and given up an average 459 yards in each. Wisconsin had an opponent-high 468 yards of offense, including a gaudy 341 yards rushing. The Wolverines ranked 79th nationally in total defense (425.8), are tied for 76th against the run (178.5) and 80th in passing yards allowed (247.3). Michigan’s defense has been porous in every sense. Michigan State and Indiana torched Michigan’s defense through the air, gaining a combined 665 yards.

“The challenge is, I’m talking about as a full group, what the heck can we do to make sure that doesn’t happen? It comes from passion, leadership. Let’s get the fricking mindset right. I’m sick and tired of all these wasted opportunities. That’s the motivation, is just pride. Where the frick is our pride? Let’s put that on the table and let’s go kick some butt. Those numbers, that is not Michigan football.” D Line Coach Shaun Nua

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