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Michigan Monday vs. MSU is up at the Ozone. LINK: http://theozone.net/football/2012/PennState/michiganmonday.html
Tis a very good column. Really, go read the whole thing, especially commentary on Michigan vs. MSU (quoted from below.) Give Gerdeman credit: I haven't read a better description anywhere of the nature of this rivalry.
Big Brother finally rose from the ashes and bested Little Brother with a field goal with five seconds left in the game. Michigan's 12-10 win over the Spartans was ugly from the get go, and to me that's why it was just about perfect.
Michigan State and Michigan are supposed to brawl. Everything has to be next to impossible, or else it's just not right. Of my four favorite college football rivalries, Michigan is involved in three of them. [EDIT: what??? Michigan is 3 of your 4 fave rivalries, and you're an Ohio fan? what's up with that??] I love this rivalry because there is such a level of hate that respect can't permeate.
There is something to be said for the kind of hate that eats out your gut and invades your sleep. Mark Dantonio has it for Michigan. Dantonio lost, and there is no team that he would less want to lose to. It's that Little Brother Syndrome which has spiked this rivalry since Dantonio's arrival. He hates Michigan, and has done so long before he was ever the Spartans' head coach.
When it came down to it in this game, he had Michigan State playing as well as they could have expected to, and the Wolverines still came away with the win in a game where they never even reached the endzone. There's beating your rival, and then there's trolling them. On Saturday, Sparty got trolled.
Some bullets from the offense:
- Spartie did a great job vs. Robinson forcing him downfield . . . with the exception of Dileo.
- Speaking of Dileo, he was an excellent security blanket, and should be looked at more the rest of the season.
- Again, why isn't Gallon targeted more? The throwback screen is so effective, but was only called once.
- Dileo & Gallon, 2 little RR holdovers, are the best playmakers in passing game.
- Funchess reminds Gerdeman of Kellen Winslow. [EDIT: we should be so fortunate! May it be so.]
- Denard has issues with passes being batted down at the line, and also with linebackers (like Bullough) in the passing game.
- Other than his 38 yard run, Toussaint had 14 yds in 9 carries, along with 3 yds in 2 receptions. Not good.
Michigan on defense:
- Bell is one of the most tackleable players in the country. Elusive, Bell is not.
- MSU did a very good job of attacking downfield, but Maxwell just couldn't quite hit open receivers.
- Floyd is vulnerable, beaten deep twice, with 2 TD's if Maxwell was more accurate.
- Raymon is doing a very good job & getting better.
- Eventually, Michigan's secondary will get burned with the lack of a good pass rush.
- The DL only has 4 sacks this season, which won't cut it. Ryan can't do everything.
- If Nebraska, NW, & Ohio complete half their deep passes, Michigan's in trouble. If not, Michigan wins out.
- When your best offensive play is a fake, you're probably going to lose.
- Kicking game was stellar from field goals to punting.
- With Gallon returning the ball 26 yards, why doesn't he touch the ball more?
- Michigan found a way to win against a team with a pulse when things didn't look good.
- The point of Michigan's lack of TD's is this: the key to stopping Denard is to make him one-dimensional. No one remaining will attack defensively like MSU, but if Denard's big plays can be minimized, Michigan's scoring will go way down.
- Defensively, the game against Nebraska is key, because Michigan hasn't faced this good of an offense. If Michigan can rough up Nebraska, "then it's time to declare Greg Mattison a witch and have him tried."
- If Michigan beats Nebraska, put them in the Big 10 Championship game.
This was Gerdeman's best "Michigan Monday" of the season, imhe. Again, go to the link and read the whole thing if you want more analysis. My props to the Ozone for some of the best Michigan coverage out there.
As a rival fan my hat's off to Michigan for an incredible accomplishment---wow, that's a lot of Hail Victors!
With all the changes in CFB, programs rise and fall: the Florida St's, Boise St's, and Oregons come and go. Winning NINE HUNDRED says: we've been really good in the past and present, and will always be really good. An occasional dip here and there, but over the long haul, excellence endures. That's what separates the men from the boys.
The most impressive thing about this milestone besides the wins is that Michigan runs a clean big time program. No Oklahoma or Alabama here.
Been a few posts here and around the web about "900", thought you guys would whoop it up more on this board, maybe the celebration on the field sufficed (whatever you were celebrating)--after all it's your victory and record so enjoy as you see fit.
This week's game against Nebraska will likely decide the Legends and maybe the B1G title. Cool fact, the game will also be the first conference game in college football history where both teams have won at least 850 games all-time.
As extra juice for the home crowd, Nebraska will also be commemorating 50 years of sellout crowds at Memorial Stadium,while playing all-timer leader Michigan in your first game ever at Memorial Stadium.
Preseason I figured this game for the divisional showdown, looking forward to a fantastic game. Your team and fans will be treated with respect, win or lose. We'll appreciate your team's history and accomplishments as much as any fan base you'll ever meet.
Picture shows Antelope Field, where Michigan played last time you visited Lincoln in..........1911. This will be your first visit to Memorial Stadium
This was requested in the comments of Brian's game story, and for good reason.
I like this Jake Ryan guy.
Last time I suggested that a video be made, I was completely blown away by the Denard: The Happening video in all of its epic glory, so I figure it couldn't hurt to try again.
This time, I'm wondering if anyone with more skills than me would be willing to take on a video that shows every one of Denard's runs in his career from shortest (including negative yardage) to longest. I don't know why, but I can't stop thinking about how awesome that would be. Gotta believe there's some sort of music that starts super slow and just goes crazy near the end that would fit.
With all the "Denard sucks, lolz" and "Denard can't play QB" and "That wasn't one of his best games" coming out of the internet, I thought we could take a look at where Denard is for some pretty awesome milestones, NCAA wide, and Michigan wide:
He's already got these records under his belt:
—NCAA (all divisions)
- Only 1500-yard passing/1500-yard rushing season
- Rushing yards by a QB (season)
- Division I FBS 200-yard passing/200-yard rushing regular season games (career and season)
- Rushing yards by a QB (single game and career)
- Total offense (single-season)
- Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week awards (career)
- Silver Football Award Winner
- Total offense (single-game)
- Rushing yards on the road (single game)
- Passing yards (single half)
- 200-yard rushing games (career)
- Notre Dame Stadium longest run from scrimmage
In addition to being Michigan's all time total yardage leader, beating ND, MSU, OSU, and winning a BCS Bowl in 2.5 years as a starter, let's see how he's doing elsewhere:
Single Game Michigan Records:
Total Offense: Denard has the top 8 and 9 of the top 10 games from a total offense perspective. John Navarre's 368 yards against Iowa in 2003 is the only game record that isn't his.
Passing Yards: He sits at #9, #10, and 20.
Passing TDs: Tied for the record (with many others) with 4TD passes in a single game. (ND 2011)
Rushing Yards: Numbers 5 and 7 belong to #16, with the 2010 ND and Purdue games.
Career Michigan Records:
Passing Yards: With 6195 Yards so far, he trails only Henne, Navarre, and Grbac, with Elvis in his sights less than 300 yards away.
Passing TDs: He's #4 again behind the same 3. The 22TDs he needs to pass Grbac here might be harder to do before he graduates.
Rushing Yards: At 4129 Denard trails only Hart, Thomas, Morris, and Wheatley. He needs 912 yards to pass Hart, but as of right now Hart has an extra 439 carries to his record.
Rushing TDs: Again trailing only Wheatley and the A Train he's now tied with Mike Hart with 41. If he can get 15 more he'll pass Thomas and be the highest in the official record books. *
*Willie Heston's 71 TDs from 1901-1904 aren't included in the official database because the pre-1949 stats are incomplete.
Career NCAA Records:
The big one, QB Rushing Yards. Pat White's 4480 is in reach 351 yards away. Denard has 5 more B1G games, and he'll need to average 70.2 per game to have this record by the time the clock hits zeros in Columbus.
Criticize his decision making, throwing off his back foot, etc. but to say he hasn't been awesome to watch the past few years and that he hasn't had a remarkable career... I'd respectfully disagree.