good luck with that
Do you remember the waning seconds of the Orange bowl win against Alabama? Tom Brady threw a pass down in to Alabama territory with :30 or so in the 4th quarter with the game tied. Lloyd's call was to run the ball between the hash marks call a timeout and go for the win. The win came in overtime because of a botched pat. I was so frustrated that they wasted so much clock playing it safe.
With 2 time outs I thought Hoke was going to call a run play to get the ball to the middle of the field or the right hash and call timeout giving Gibbons a chance at the tying field goal. Hoke had them take a shot at the endzone when a fg would have tied it. I understand that Gibbons has not been good and that probably weighed heavily into the "bold" decision. I really appreciate the guts to go for it. Very reminiscent of a bold 4th & 1 decision 20 years ago by coach Moeller.
In the press conference Hoke said "You play to win."
I like it!
There is so much to digest...but one of the memories I will take from this game will be the Vincent Smith touchdown. From a coaching standpoint, it was such a great play. So well executed. Also Musberger mentions that it was a play that had been worked on in practice...says something about our OC's guts to come back to the screen.
We obviously ran a sloppy screen that was picked earlier in the game. To go back to it, late in the game was pure confidence in our teams ability to execute. Great setup rolling Denard out hard right. Caught Notre Dame with their pants down.
Also, let's not forget about Roundtree's pancake block that sealed the deal so Smith could get to the edge. I'm sure this play is going to get broken down, but the ability of Roundtree to stay in the game and free the corner open on a great receiver block says a lot about the kid.
I love this team. They battled till the end and never gave up. Hail.
Hawthorne made his presence known in the 4th Quarter, Demens was solid, and Jake Ryan had a great play on 3rd and Short to get us the ball back.
The "Return to Glory," apparently, runs right through Ann Arbor.
Hell of a game - Go Blue!
I know there's a ton of posts popping up tonight, and I know this is a bit of a stupid question, but this rivalry in some small way could be building to what Michigan v. tOSU was in the Bo/Woody years. I know "The Game" will always and forever be "The Game", but I can't imagine the sheer hatred the domers must feel the way the past 3 meetings have gone. Granted, this rivalry is a little watered down without recent real title implications, and also a lack of continuity in coaches for both schools, as Bo and Woody were large driving forces in the animosity. Still, I expect fury next year in South Bend. That said, combined with little bro and ohio, Michigan is easily part of 2 if not 3 of the most bitter rivalries in the country.
Iron bowls? Who cares.
Cocktail parties? Meh.
Red River? Nah.
All those brats in L.A.? Punks.