Roundtree hauled in the prayer against N'western.
Nebraska 17, Michigan 13
Drive Recap: Michigan 13 - Nebraska 10 // 4Q: 8:08 pic.twitter.com/o4rwtV0sjL
— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) November 9, 2013
This was the high point, both from a football and comedic standpoint.
If this isn't rock bottom, it's damn close. Michigan faced a Nebraska rush defense that's done this...
|South Dakota State||33||271||2||8.2|
...and, with sacks removed, rushed for 22 yards on 29 attempts. Oh, and a combination of poor play-calling, poor line play, poor blitz pickup, and one understandably skittish quarterback allowed seven sacks that knocked the offense back 49 yards.
Brady Hoke's home winning streak is dead; that's not really the story. It wasn't hard to see this coming, not after the narrow escape against Akron, and certainly not after last week's debacle. When Drew Dileo dropped a fourth-down pass on Michigan's last-gasp drive, it felt depressingly fitting—of course the sure-handed receiver would let one slip through his grasp at precisely the wrong time, because that's just how this season has gone.
When Michigan attained a first down for the first time in the game, only three plays before the end of the first quarter, the Big House crowd erupted with the loudest Bronx cheer I've ever heard in this building. The sarcastic cheers turned to boos by the end of the first half, at which time the Wolverines, down 10-3, had 60 yards of offense on 29 plays.
Those boos only grew louder by the end of the game. Al Borges orchestrated a great drive to open the second half, featuring a big play for Fitz Toussaint on a slip screen, a slick pop-pass to Jake Butt against a heavy blitz, and a touchdown to a wide-open Devin Funchess on a post-curl-corner route combination.
Thus ended the offensive renaissance. That ten-play, 75-yard drive represented 43% of Michigan's total output on the afternoon, and Michigan resumed slamming their heads against stacked fronts and allowing wave after wave of pressure to hit home.
The defense did what they could, holding the Huskers to 273 yards—75 of which came on their game-winning drive—on just 4.1 yards per play despite two new starters at safety: Courtney Avery and Josh Furman, who replaced Jarrod Wilson and Thomas Gordon.* When Frank Clark lost contain and James Ross was late getting out on an option pitch (of sorts, since it went forwards) to Ameer Abdullah, who waltzed five yards into the end zone, there wasn't anger in Michigan Stadium—instead, apathy reigned, and a healthy number of fans streamed for the exits despite the Wolverines being down four with two minutes left and all their timeouts. Five plays later, those fans were proven—at least for today—to be justified in their actions.
"Well, we just didn't execute," said Brady Hoke after the game. That is 2013 Michigan Football's epitaph, and at some point it isn't going to be enough to save everyone's job.
*According to Hoke in the post-game presser, Gordon had an unspecified ankle injury, while Wilson's absense from the lineup was an attempt to shake things up.
Should we also just assume that Ohio State "could have not" won the MNC in 2002, in what went down as the most SVF-laden season in history?
Brian, just copy and paste everything from last weeks UFR's and remake the podcast editing the word Spartans or State for the word Nebraska. Then with your extra time please FIX THE +/- system. The board is straight PATHETIC these days.
The O-line really wasn't all that bad. Borges didn't give Garner a chance. We ran Max protect, sending two recievers out wayyyy to many times. When the routes were covered up, Devin had nowhere to go.
We all knew the blitz was coming and instead of taking the offensive and maybe running some short routes, slants, screens, we played right into their hands. I put this squarly on Borges and his lack of making adjustments.
I think seeing this same thing happen over and over again, now in the 9th game of his 3 season as OC, that Borges has failed and should be let go.
Assuming Dave Brandon is willing to open the checkbook for Hoke to hire anyone in the country he wants (who is willing to come).
Do you think Hoke will fire Borges?
What should Dave Brandon do if Hoke says no?
The Michigan name brand that we've been leaning on the past 20 years is on a 20 year decline. Every single year we disappoint expectation. Something needs to change. Soon.
I have become a diehard Michigan fan two years ago. I finally went to my first game vs Nebraska. I must say that as a big fan who has no roots to Michigan that I was very dupset but satisfied with how we played. Devin look extremely uncomfortable in the pocket, our run game was not working yet we stuck with it. We ran down the middle so many times and got stuffed. Devin has no confidence right now, he threw too many passes behind receivers and was dancing in the pocket. I am happy with how our defense played and must say that they did pretty well. The last drive Michigan had looked good and was promising until the Dileo drop. I'm quite happy with this game looking forward because I think everyone realizes something has to change. College football is extremely different as we all know and looking forward this may hurt recruiting but I really think that joke realizes where he needs position upgrades. Also I must say I have never in my life felt more welcomed by the Michigan fans who were stunned how much I love Umich being from NY.