I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
It is great to win this game but we could have open up the game when Crist was out in the first half. But give credit to ND's special team. Their punts were terrific (most within 20 yard line, a couple within 10 yard line) and made a tough start point for our offense. Of course another reason for lacking of points in 2nd Q is way too many drive-killing penalties.
This special team is really getting me worried. RS frosh and true frosh serving kicking and punting could really be a big problem when we are in another close game.
Anybody else at the game get a strange feeling when, in the 4th quarter with the game on the line, a day full of clouds lifted, the sun came out and huge rainbow appeared over the stadium? I KNOW the ND faithful took that as a sign that they were going to win the game. You know, rainbows, leprachauns, "they're magically delicious," four horsemen, Rudy, wind dies down, Lake Dawson, blah, blah, blah. So gald it didn't turn into another BS Notre Dame "legend."
The only legend out there Saturday was DR. Unbelievable performance, great win, Go Blue.
Am I just a typical homer, or did anyone else notice that some of the Irish defense were getting their hands and forearms on Denard's head, even when he was just sitting back there in the pocket (say, after a throw)?
I should go find the instances I saw in the torrent, but too lazy.
if a player flips the ball before crossing the endzone it clearly is a free ball but for how long. if neither team recognizes what happened (and the ref does) then what is the result of the play. had the referee been awake yesterday this would have come into play.
Are the radios highlights(Beckman and Brandy) posted anywhere after the game? I wasn't able to hear the radio broadcast, but would love to hear Beckman's calls of DRob's long run and the go-ahead TD.
I was pretty fried after the super Michigan game yesterday and chilled watching the other games. I basically focused in on the offenses except for Penn State where I tried to figure out both. The line up was as follows? Like 6 hours of really fast thumb wrestling that lasted until 1:30.
UVA v. USC
Stanford v. UCLA
Oregon v. Tennessee
PSU v. Bama
Like 6 hours of really fast and tiring thumb wrestling that lasted until 1:30.
UVA, USC, Tennessee, Bama were pure pro set every down that I watched, with some extra receivers peppered in on passing downs. Here and there, Stanford and Penn State looked like it ran a little of the spread in the Texas Tech mold but with less receivers. But not every down. Hard for me to tell but looked more pro style. UCLA ran the Indiana Pistol we saw last year, but last night it shot blanks. Ugly. Oregon was a lot like us.
I have watched a million games, but in reality you can take what I know about attacking a defense, roll it into a ball, and shove it up a fly's ass.
To me the only offense that looked like it could have competed against any of the defenses on those fields was Oregons and Michigans. Stanford and Alabama had excellent defense,s with USC right behind.
From a visual standpoint and the demands it placed on the defenses, the pro set attacks appeared to be way easier to defend. These reasons that stood out: the quarterback was rarely a regular factor running eliminating a huge worry for the defense and taking one player off the chess board, the formations were the same play to play making it less guess work, there was no legitimate threat to run on an obvious passing down and distance, and the amount of field that was being used didn't tax the defense.
Oregon on the other hand was wearing down their opponent and forcing all sorts of oddball packages and rotations.
The recurring feeling was Tennessee has to play perfect or it was 6. Like handling a plutonium rod with an egg shell coating. You got the same feeling during our game when we had the ball.
We are dealing with a continuing development period but it is looking very worth it. In light of Armani's comments this week about the offense, I have to say that I disagree with him. This style is very exciting to watch and explosive. Underdog teams like UVA and Penn State would have been better off being more unconventional.
Plus, not every team has a defense like Bamas and Ohio States, or guys like Ronald Johnson on USC where it pays to be more vanilla.
Maybe being 2-0 and watching a guy like Denard is making me a spread snob or something. But I thought the same thing last year during Tate's run as starter.
Do you other Michigan fans look at our offensive style more positively the more you watch it?