Michigan Offensive Coordinator Josh Gattis on Ohio State: “They're Not a Tough Team”

By Kevin Harrish on November 29, 2021 at 9:15 pm
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Michigan's offensive coordinator has strong words about the Buckeyes.

Following Michigan's 42-27 win over Ohio State, Wolverine offensive coordinator did not hold back his thoughts on the Buckeyes' level of physicality.

On his appearance on the Inside Michigan Football radio show on Monday evening, Gattis revealed that the Wolverines believed they could beat the Buckeyes by being the more physical team, saying Ohio State is "not a tough team."

"They're a good team. They're a finesse team, they're not a tough team," Gattis said of Ohio State. "And we knew that going into the game that we can out-physical them, we can out-tough and that was going to be the key to the game, and that's what we prepared for all year long."

Gattis said he saw evidence of Ohio State's lack of physicality and toughness in the early-season loss to Oregon.

"You saw earlier this year in the game they lost to Oregon, Oregon was the most physical team on the field," Gattis said. "That's the way they lost, and we committed to that recipe, and it paid off."

Michigan won the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball on Saturday.

On offense, the Wolverines ran the ball at will, finishing with 297 yards and six touchdowns on the ground, averaging 7.2 yards per carry. Defensively, Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson had three sacks and 15 quarterback pressures – the most since Pro Football Focus began tracking in 2014.

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