First off, I really like Al as our OC and hope he stays a while. He seems to be an open minded guy that looks outside the program for input and I only hope he watches VT's offense a bit more than our own when he reviews film. I felt like we were playing Northwestern, actually with good athletes, and it was death by slot receiver. Maybe Coale is simply the real deal, however, I have to think that we have enough talent (and bodies) to get a similar contribution from that position. Coale had 8 catches for 117, but it felt like 18, the guy was everywhere. While I may be a bit biased since I like more incorporation of a slot receiver into the game plan since those guys can be so good in space, it just seems that we have to have some untapped production on this team. Maybe we will see more next year as the rest of the playbook is implemented.
Did anyone else notice VT was just giving us the bubble screen? I think they scouted us on MGOBLOG and said we'll just leave the guys unguarded because Borges is defiant in not doing it. I think that was a big contributor to the running game being stuffed. It seemed like several times we went trips they defended us with 1 guy out there.
I'm sure the blogosphere will have plenty of picture pages, but it seemed like VT had 15 guys out there. While I was frustrated about the bubbles, I do want to give Borges props for setting up 3 td's that were done in by horrid execution/luck/cheating.
Pop Pass to Hemmingway- Looked like a for sure six but Denard made a marginal throw that was batted down.
Screen to Smith- Denard with a bad pass. That replay showing 3 Mich OL standing by themselves was depressing.
JR Stop and Go- A great call as they were jumping our short routes. How it's not interference is a mystery to me. He gave a Brad Marsh shove and knee trip as Hemingway was going by.
Is it me, or was that one of the strangest football games ever played? I know this may not be an informative thread at all but I think it is worth discussing in all the mystifying awesomeness that is an OT-BCS win.
Everything was normal, but just a little bit off. Every kick return seemed like it took an extra second or two to develop. Every handoff for both teams looked awkward, every pass -"it's complete, but wait, did that hit the ground? Is that a catch? Hard to tell."
Hitch step in every kick, short punts - "wait, how did it roll that way," every down "is this second or third down?" Every insant replay providing impossibly close calls but all bearing huge on the direction of the game. (Including the OT touchdown. I know I know, the one angle showing the nose of the football perhaps touching the ground, but indisputable? Hey, we had one coming our way from the Iowa game so might as well been that one.)
Really really odd football game. How good is Michigan? How good is Virginia Tech? Who was the better team? What was our strength? What is their weakness? There was four quarters to decide all or any of these questions and I am not sure that there is any relevant evidence to answer any of the questions.
Don't get me wrong, I am all "HELL YEAH!!" and "GO BLUE, HAH HAH, SUGAR BOWL FOOLS!!," but I thought it may be worth discussing how weird that football game was right from opening kick.
I thought the Sparty sign flashed during the game was fairly creative.
A friend of mine shared this with me and I thought it was pretty cool. It shows Michigan fans in New Orleans and gives us a sense of the good time that was had.
BTW - There are two Lloyd Brady sightings in the video.
If someone can embed it would be appreciated.
Torrent: 2012 Sugar Bowl 720p MP4 (6.18GB)
Quick and dirty highlights:
MGoBlue's usual lo-fi offering:
Holly Rowe stiffarms the competition:
Trophy presentation and Hemingway interview:
Hoke, Denard, Hemingway, Van Bergen, Gibbons:
Special teams guru Frank Beamer:
NOLA kids are fast learners: