Getting absolutely curb stomped by KANSAS STATE? Looks like they have a real shot to finish up 5-7. Looks like we might be able to add a couple games margin to our all-time wins record.
"If the Michigan job opens up, Harbaugh will be the head coach in Ann Arbor"
Herbie just uttered this sentence during the Stanford v Arizona broadcast.
Knowing Herbie's penchant for being wrong about this subject, I'd say we're good to go with RR.
First game I can remember that Carl Grapentine wasn't behind the stadium mic for the MMB. A friend in the press box told me he has a non-life threatening illness that prevented him from traveling from Chicago this week. Hope he makes a speedy and full recovery and is back where he belongs for Wisconsin. He added to his duties as the MMB announcer when he took over the play-by-play announcing for Howard King several years ago.
If the play-by-play voice sounded familiar to you today, it was Bobb Vergiels who is the PA announcer for the Detroit Tigers. Kept waiting for him to announce that Curtis Granderson was taking over in centerfield.
*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!