Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
*counting their missed FG as the defense holding them.
Yeah, we gave up a lot of points to Illinois. But our defense stepped up more times than the score would indicate to someone just glancing at it. We turned the ball over 5 times and still won.
Illinois had 16 drives.
They had 1 turnover.
They had 1 missed field goal.
They had 3 made field goals.
They had 5 touchdowns.
They had 6 punts.
Side note, only one team this year has made Illinois punt more than 6 times, and that was Purdue (obviously though they didn't have as many possessions in any other of their games).
Oh, and we held Illinois scoreless during the third quarter, too.
I'm home now. An hour or so at the post-game tailgate and then a three hour drive back to Northern Ohio. The skin on my hands are cracked and bleeding from clapping as hard as i can and random high-fiving the people around me. My voice is shot from screaming at the top of my lungs from noon until the last play of overtime. My feet hurt from standing and jumping and slamming my feet into the plastic that masquerades as a seat in our stadium to make as much noise as I can. I'm 51, and I gave everything I could give to the team from Section 5, row 30. As I write this I'm smiling ear to ear and feeling good in a way that a win from a pro team could never deliver.
Games like today are why I come back to cheer on my alma mater year after year.....why I yell....why I STAND....and why I'm a Michigan fan - first, last and always no matter what their record is.
Go Blue-beat Purdue!
I can't believe some of the things that come out of the mouths of 'fans' at the stadium. This is a small sample that is mostly attributed to 3 older (late 40s-60s) men behind me in Section 25:
- Unbelievable! (200x any play >6 yds for UI and anything <3 yards for UM)
- Run it outside! (100x almost every run play)
- Why do we run up the middle?! There's all that space to the outside. (ignoring 257 yds rushing)
- We don’t have any mooses out there. (right before calling “Koker” a moose)
- Run play-action, it’ll work every time!
- Dumbass #1: Oh, ESPN is here.
Dumbass #2: It’s probably on ESPNU or something.
Dumbass #1: I don’t know, Illinois is good this year. Maybe they’re here to see them!
- He kicked it out of bounds?! What an idiot! Now they get the ball at the 35!
- Then you see a guy like Ingram and how do you let him get out of your back yard?
- We don’t even have a kicker this year. We always have a good kicker!
- Take that kid’s scholarship away! There needs to be consequences for playing like that.
- If this is on #77, you better call security because I’m going to go down there and strangle that kid. He's horrible! (Hold on Lewan, not one step toward the field. Wuss!)
I just don't get it. Can someone explain it to me? Anything to add?
This was the first time all season that I have seen Vincent Smith look anything like (edit) the running back we all thought he could be . He still wasn't a game breaker with 9 YPC or anything, but multiple times, instead of running into the back of the OL and falling down, he bounced off the line and through the outside hole, hit the cover guy and got extra yards a plenty. He looked springy and fast and powrful and really.... good.
Did anyone else notice this? Does this signal a change? Is he finally able to trust his ACL again? Perhaps this is why Rodriguez keeps playing him as starter? Because he sees this in practice every week?
Can't believe no one else has posted this image yet (correct me if I'm wrong). I've been holding it in my back pocket for our Revenge Tour 2010, and although we're 1-3 thus far for payback, today's was very tasty and well worth the wait, IMO. We've still got 3 more chances for revenge! Let's enjoy this Revenge Win, and then focus on smoking Purdue in the coming week! Let's keep this Revenge Train arollin'! GO BLUE!