“Personally, if we have the No. 1 defense in the nation I’m going to test those guys,” Hoke said. “You’ve got to play to the strength of your football team and the strength of the Michigan football team all year long has been their defense.”
Michigan kicker Blake O’Neill botched a punt in the final 10 seconds that Spartans defensive back Jalen Watts-Jackson returned for a touchdown as time expired to give Michigan State a 27–23 victory at Michigan Stadium.
Hoke also recounted going for a two-point conversion at home at the end of a game against No. 3 Ohio State in 2013 that was unsuccessful.
“Look, I know it’s easy from where we sit right now,” Hoke said. “I’ve been on the sideline and had to make decisions. I went for two against Ohio State two years ago because Devin Gardner has a broken foot and didn’t think the defense was playing as well as we needed.”
Hoke was fired after spending four seasons with the Wolverines and amassing a 31–20 record. He was replaced by former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Michigan looks to rebound on Oct. 31 at Minnesota.
- Christopher Chavez