Unfortunately for the defense, they have not "been there before", they have not set positive records like our offense (only negative ones) and are more famous for derisive remarks about how they look like players for Indiana. Being able to overcome multiple years of baggage while vanquishing a bitter enemy who has taken the last seven games, must have felt overwhelming for those kids. I think we even saw some cracks around the edges with GERGian meltdowns giving up quick scoring drives, confusion on coverage, an uncharacteristic late hit from Kovacs, Troy (a fith year senior) being spun around on a double move by Posey, giving up 34 points to match their average from last year, the list goes on, but somehow they busted through on a day when the breaks were not going their way, when we did not play our best, we still won the game. That mental wall was finally burst through.
This defense has looked shaky, average and dominant as the season progressed, but only now I believe they have finally arrived by winning this type of "must win" game under that sort of pressure. These guys finally learned how to win a game when they had so much more to lose than Ohio. After this boost and break through, all I have got to say is "look out" to whoever pulls us for a bowl match up. Giving this group confidence from that season ending win will make us hell on wheels for whoever lines up against us.
Coincidence? And the misspelling of Braxton Mller (Braxston) and Jordan Hall (Haul) on the scoreboard?
edit #1 I wasn't looking for scientific evidence of anything....just sayin it was kinda cool and ironic that the last 3 digits were in fact 132..same number as this years team. That is all
edit #2, people, I just thought it was a cool thing.
Regular season complete, on hold waiting for Bowl Selections, took a quick look at our senior class leadership for next year. Appears we are in good hands with 14 solid guys. Any thoughts on potential captains? Here's the list:
Shaq Wiggins - http://mgoblog.com/diaries/introducing-shaq-wiggins
While many of you are opposed to following players on Twitter, Shaq Wiggins, a top 2013 recruit seems to be suggesting Michigan is a favorite with the following tweet:
Dennis Erickson is expected to be fired as head coach of Arizona State. The announcement is expected Monday morning. Houston's Kevin Sumlin is the leading candidate for the job opening.
If Sumlin is offered and accepts the job, expect the Pac-12 South to have very high powered offenses. Rich Rod vs. Sumlin should be very exciting matchups.
These guys never fail to deliver unintentional comedy.
Apparently, the "competitive imbalance" caused by the fact that Notre Dame took one of those aeroplane machines to California in November, which we did not do, was too much for them to overcome when they played us.