that makes one of us
I live in Ohio so naturally I am surronded by buckeye fans. They are already crowing about how Denard wont even make it to the OSU game because he'll have too many carries and if thats not enough they have to point out that Denard probably isnt as fast as Terrelle Pryor in their own minds. They are always concerned more about what Michigan does instead of their own team.
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Watch the clip of the pass to Roundtree down to the two very carefully. Stonum is running a crossing route underneath and sticks a hand up. It looks like the ball changes trajectory very slightly, but enough to make a tight spiral wobble.
If so, just amazing concentration by Roundtree, and a pretty lucky as well.
(Apologies for not knowing how to embed video. Any help?)
Great dramatic game. Glad we won. Here's some final thoughts on the game:
I was right about a lot of things, and wrong about a few things in my scouting report.
- ND doesn't have the right linemen for their offensive scheme yet
- ND WR merely serviceable due to inexperienced QB play
- Crist overthrows on the fly (except for one major exception!)
- Te'o was a beast
- Roh was a beast
- Allen was very dangerous
- Lots of tricky ways to get the RB the ball (shovel pass, counter draw, shotgun quickpitch)
- Wood muffed a kickoff (just like last week) and didn't factor into the passing game.
- ND corners good on run support
- ND outside backers lost contain
- Our D reacted well to familiar plays they see in practice.
- Weird things happen in south bend (phantom TD that should have been a touchback)
- We won a shootout (not really THAT many points, but lots of yards by both teams), by a close margin (not exactly one point)
- Crist is a much better athlete than given credit for as shown by his first TD scramble that was called back on a penalty. Had one good read on the option.
- Rudolph was not slow (at least in a straight line)
- Te'o didn't miss many tackles (except on Denard, but that was due to speed, not jukes)
- ND corners were not burnt deep. We didn't really try any one on one matchups, because that's the way our scheme was for this game. They did play soft giving us lots of 8 yard comeback routes. But our big pass plays came on busted coverages and playaction suck-ins, not speed on toast.
- Crist missing half the game. As big as he is, didn't think he'd get dinged up.
- With Crist out, ND pretty much ditched the spread for a while and went to more under center power formations.
- ND's D-line was much better than anticipated.
- Our secondary played much better than expected! (but that's not saying much)
- Our WR did a great job of holding onto the ball even when taking big hits.
- We are making up for last year in the turnover battle.
- I never thought that any ND coach could be as amusing as Jabba the Weis, but Brian Kelly's facial expressions were priceless.
And now for the fun stuff
If it was a scripted hug, RR wasn't in on it. Don't know what got to Tate, but whatever it was, I'm glad it happened.
Slow Linemen take away a big chunk of the "spread" playbook
Here's ND's first attempt at a wide screen. Notice that 4 of the offensive linemen aren't even getting to the play, and the fifth is taking his defender with him.
This leaves one defender completely unblocked. Combine that with Rudolph being a better receiver than blocker and you get massive fail. The whole point of a screen is to get your linemen down field to block the 2nd and 3rd levels. But ND's linemen are still too slow for that.
So later in the game, instead of running the bubble screen like you should to the sideline, ND calls for the middle screen.
But we're running a zone blitz (disguised nicely) and Herron bats the ball.
The wide screen would have prevented the batted ball because of the angle created. But when you don't have the right personnel to get down field...
Our Defense blew up some familiar plays
When you see a play over and over again in practice, the reads become reflexive and it's easier to defend. Here's a sweep play that could have gotten big yards for ND.
They pull two o-linemen around the outside, so we should be outmanned on the corner.
Roh does a good job of holding his ground making it a longer way to go. Then Floyd? who is playing rolled up, makes an excellent play by taking on the lead blocker. Our middle backers see the pulling action and flow instinctively with the ball carrier.
But what really blows up the play is Ezeh getting on his horse and flying through the gap before Allen can get to the edge. If he's a step slower, then the play gains at least 10 yards down the sideline, and maybe goes all the way. But because of the quick recognition, it results in a TFL.
Here's a play that shows what a beast Roh is turning into.
It's just a simple base zone read option, but the QB isn't making a read on the play because he's too inexperienced. There's no way he should have handed off the ball. Keeping it or throwing the flare would both have been better options. But check out Roh!
He fights through a double team to make a TFL.
And he was being held!
Roh did get pancaked once when he did a spin move right into one of the hulking guards, and he missed a couple of tackles, but he was in the backfield most of the day.
Speaking of Beasts. There's this kid, maybe you've heard of him, called Denard. People say he's fast. Errrrmmm... yeah. So what does speed do to a defender?
It makes them look stupid! Check out the angle the ND OLB has to take to account for warp drive. And
Too bad for them that Denard doesn't run in straight lines
WOW! Just a nice little 30 yard gain, when there was a completely unblocked defender.
But what's the difference between a nice gain and a homerun?
Answer: DOWNFIELD BLOCKING! On the 87 yard TD, there was just great downfield cut blocks.
And He can pooch punt!
You da man!
I thought we did a really nice job containing him. But he showed flashes. Here's a play were Mouton was a step slow to react or didn't read the pre-snap alignment.
Allen lines up a half yard behind the QB signaling either pass or inside run.
The left guard pulls but Mouton doesn't immediately recognize it. (he had a very nice day, just a little slow on this one play)
ND does a very good job of holding. But on this instance it didn't affect the play, so I don't care. Mouton still has a chance to make the tackle,
but Allen has enough ball skills to get by him and pick up a nice gain.
On the next play he made 3 people miss with a jump cut and a spin, and then he ran over Cam Gordon, causing the announcer to repeat his favorite "Quick Twitch" line.
He really got things going in the second half, nearly breaking one for the distance on a shotgun quickpitch.
We can has functional DB's?
JT Floyd got an INT when Montana misread the coverage, which like, WOOOOOO!!!!!
Don't you just love Frosh QB's? I mean, when they play AGAINST us, not FOR us.
The Kid from Hawaii
Teo was a beast for ND all day long. Here's an example of him reading the screen and just flying to Shaw almost before the ball can get there.
Teo pretty much single-handedly destoryed our screen game.
My name is JONAS!
Jonas Mouton had a pretty good game. Here he is against that same play as before.
Ezeh was faking a blitz before the snap, but you get virtually the same action.
Mike Martin takes on the double team, preventing the center from getting to the second level. Mouton fills the hole and hits Allen head on before he gets a chance to even make a move.
And Kovacs was there to clean up, since at that point we had 8 in the box against the ineffective Montana.
Mouton's pass drops look to be much improved. He got the INT on the flea flicker, and he tipped the ball to Kovacs after our first missed FG attempt. He also layed some lumber on a number of hits. Not perfect, but much improved from last year. I credit GERG!
ND's D-Line was pretty strong
At least when Denard wasn't making them look silly. I think Molk was having trouble with the size of and strength of the ND nosetackle. Here he is getting pushed back in a short yardage situation.
He almost gets pushed all the way back into Vincent, but the little guy picks up the first down.
Here's another play where Molk (who is a pretty darn good lineman) had trouble with the nosetackle.
It's a QB sweep to the left. And it looks pretty well blocked.
But the playside guard didn't get enough of a chip on the nosetackle as he released to get on Teo.
And Molk can't keep him engaged enough.
Their D-Line play probably explains why the other running backs couldn't do much. Here's Shaw making a bad read on an earlier zone dive.
First off, Denard should have thrown the flare, since Teo was playing run all the way. But it might have been a called run, not an option since there's no double team.
Our left tackle has given up inside leverage, but for some reason Shaw cuts left, instead of to the right.
On this play, Patrick actually gets a good drive block opening up a lane, but to no avail.
Kinda hard to blame kelly for losing that game, but ND fans did anyway. Sure he did Weis them at the end of the first half (bwAHahahahah! I love that his name has turned into a verb!) But he's playing with personel (especially linemen) that don't fit his system. And his starting QB missed half the game.
So, what do you do when three different QB's throw interceptions and you end both halves of the game with an uncatchable ball into the cheap seats?
You make faces.
First I was like
Then I was like.
First I was like...
then I was like...
And then I was like....
PLEASE SOMEONE MAKE A GOOD ANIMATED GIF OF THIS! I hate microsoft and can't get moviemaker to import .mp4 files.
The Phantom TD
I'm kinda glad that the refs didn't call Jones on this douchebag move. Not that dropping the ball makes you a douchebag, but dropping it so that you can put your hands up to your ear in a douchebag manner makes you a douchebag. Because if the play had been called CORRECTLY, there would be even MORE whining from the notre lame fans.
Tips for MSU:
Crist holds the ball too long because of inexperience and he's not confident (or accurate) enough to stick the ball into coverage to take advantage of physical mismatches. But he's a good scrambler who looks to make the long pass when coverage breaks down. Probably worth keeping DB's back and giving up some smaller runs by him.
Use combo coverages to always have a man near Floyd and Rudolph. Floyd will get discouraged if he's not a big part of the game. But rolling corners up into the flats worked well for us. We got at least two INTs because of the underneath zone.
Always key on Allen when he's in the game, He's the most dependable part of their offense, and if you can neutralize him, you're really limiting what they can do.
GET A HAT ON TEO! And drive block him. He caused Denard's fumble by coming off of vincent smith's block and pursing from behind. Vincent actually had a decent block oh him, but couldn't sustain it.
With State's power running game, I'd run it right at him! He's super fast, but not as big as some other linebackers.
Slow developing plays and cutesy draws won't work as well against their strong D-Line. And their corners come up well on outside runs. Quick hitting iso's, dives, and inside traps are your best bets. When they start to pinch or go to 8 man fronts, I'd work the veer option on the edge to take advantage of their OLB. (don't know if state has this in their playbook)
Good luck spartans.
I guess we're going to have a transfer after each win. Jesus we're never going to build a two deep. Fuck....
Mod Edit: Tim confirmed:
varsityblue: Michigan SID confirms that Anthony LaLota has asked for and been granted a transfer release.
This weekend, believe it or not, seemed to be almost as big of a boost for Michigan in the recruiting department as the first. Denard Robinson is becoming a household name, and turning the heads of high school players all over. This update will be a little different than most, as I'll provide some reactions and quotes from various Michigan recruits.
6'2", 185 lbs.
Mauk is a 2012 prospect from Ohio who has taken in both of Michigan's games so far this season, the first as a Michigan recruit and the second as a guest of Notre Dame. Maty has an interesting recruitment ahead of him as his brother Ben played at Cincinnati for Brian Kelly, but the majority of his family are Michigan fans. MaukL
I like the coaches at both schools, and I talk to both of them quite a bit. My family has liked Michigan since we were kids, and my offensive line coach (Tony Osbun) actually played at Michigan, too.
Mauk's parents and Osbun were in attendance at the UConn game, and everyone came away impressed with the victory. Maty reported that he ran a 4.5 forty during his last attempt, and now has over 900 yards passing and 9 touchdowns in two games.
[Michigan's] offense was clicking a little bit more in the Notre Dame game. I'd feel good in either offense, because we run a five wide spread now, and if we're not passing then I'm the one that runs the ball. Winning for Michigan is a good thing, I'm just going to keep building relationships.
Mauk said he probably won't make his decision early on, and wants to see who ends up being interested in him. Since he can't get a written offer until August, it probably doesn't matter anyway. He's very interested in Michigan, and for him to see two wins in a row in person is a good thing.
6'4", 230 lbs.
Red Bank, New Jersey
Michigan wants a tight end in this class by have whiffed on a number so far. Tabb is very interested in Michigan. I would even go as far as saying M is in his top two right now. He originally wanted to make his decision before the season started, but that got pushed back and it looks like it will be pushed back again:
I'll have all my official visits set up in the next few days. My mom wants them set up, so I need to get that done. Michigan will get one of the officials though.
North Carolina is the other school Tabb is very interested in. If they bring the hammer on UNC, and Michigan's self-imposed sanctions aren't significantly increased, advantage Michigan.
Other Reactions and Notes:
Deion Barnes - The defensive end from PA has Michigan in his top five and has been very impressed with Michigan so far.
Denard Robinson had 500 total yards, that dude's a beast. I need to take a look at how the defensive ends did though.
He was excited, but still wanted to see how the defensive line looked in the wins. Remember, I said before that the coaches told him to wait until the end of the season to take his official visit. I don't know why, it could be so they know where they stand with Zettel.
AJ Jordan - The Trotwood wide receiver was at the UConn game and watched the Notre Dame game on TV. He was also very impressed with the offense. It can only help that he's been watching friend and former teammate Roy Roundtree make plays.
They looked good. I'm not sure when I'm going to get back up there, but I know I'm going to Wisconsin on September 18th. We'll see how that goes so I can compare.
Again I've said this before but I think Wisconsin has the slight lead right now. I think Michigan is closing the gap, but this visit next week to Wisconsin could swing the pendulum in either direction.
- Darian Cooper - He didn't get a chance to watch the game because his team had a game themselves. He did see highlights though, and heard about the stats. He had a similar reaction to most of the others, and was impressed. Cooper has a lot of interest in Michigan, but like many other is watching from afar to see what happens this season. Remember he's become good friends with current Michigan commit Delonte Hollowell, and will be staying with him this winter. If by winter time Michigan is having a winning season, expect the interest level to rise dramatically for Cooper.
Anthony Zettel - He's stated before that he will wait until the end of the season to make his decision, largely stemming from the rumors about job security for Rich Rod and his staff. The wins have not gone unnoticed for Anthony.
I watched the whole [Notre Dame] game on TV, it was pretty cool. I was supposed to go to Iowa this weekend, but I couldn't make it. The winning is helping Michigan a bit, but it's still pretty close. It's Michigan, Penn State, Iowa, and Michigan State right now.
Anthony is playing everything close to the vest right now, but I have a feeling the winning is helping a lot more than "a bit." He's not sure if he's rescheduling the Iowa visit, but he "thinks so." He will however be at Michigan in a couple weeks, most likely for the MSU game.
- Vincent Valentine - A 6-foot-3, 300-pound 2012 defensive tackle from Illinois who holds a Michigan verbal offer says he is definitely interested in Michigan. Valentine also said he's going to try to make it up for a game this season, but he's unsure of which one. Vincent will have plenty of offers to choose from, and plans to take his time.
- Nacho Garcia - First, this. Nacho, who's real name is Abraham, is a 2012 offensive tackle prospect from Florida. Recently featured in an Andy Staple's article for Sports Illustrated, Garcia says he has early interest in Michigan. Nacho is a whopping 6-foot-6, and 339-pounds entering his junior season. He won't rush into anything, but said that everyone knows who Jake Long is, and he knows that Michigan always has a great offensive line. Just a name, and a great one at that, to keep an eye on.
These were some of the recruits I spoke with about their reaction to Michigan's performance. Others weren't as noteworthy, or didn't have as much to say, but trust me they're all watching.