You forgot to call people like me pussies. You're off your game, man.
Ohio State 42, Michigan 41
The lasting image of this game will be Devin Gardner, injured, spent, and devastated, flat on his back after his pass on the potential game-winning two-point conversion found Buckeye instead of Wolverine.
It's a shame, really, as Gardner gave one of great performances in the history of The Game today, leading a Michigan offensive explosion beyond anybody's wildest predictions. Gardner threw for 451 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for 34 yards and another score (above, Upchurch), and did all this despite clearly playing at less than 100%. The trio of running backs combined for 137 yards and another score on 24 carries; Al Borges, the offensive line, and the skill position players all had their best performances in over a month—603 total yards against the 13th-ranked defense in the country.
After Gardner lobbed a two-yard jump ball to Devin Funchess to make the score 42-41, Brady Hoke asked his seniors if they wanted to go for two and the win; Taylor Lewan said after the game that, to a man, the answer was yes. In a game that calls for cliché, they left it all on the field.
The Buckeyes did too, of course. The Michigan defense simply couldn't find a way to stop Braxton Miller (153 yards and three rushing TDs) and Carlos Hyde (226 yards and a score on 27 carries) on the ground; when OSU went to the air, they didn't hit often—Miller finished just 6/15 on the day—but when they did it went big, as Miller's six completions went for 133 yards and two more touchdowns. Missing safety Jarrod Wilson and weakside LB James Ross, not to mention focusing heavily on stopping the run, the defense repeatedly allowed big plays over the middle. By the time the Buckeyes got the ball with five minutes left and the game knotted at 35, the defense looked gassed and played like it, ceding a one-yard scoring plunge by Hyde to cap a six-play, 65-yard drive that featured exclusively runs.
Gardner was masterful in the two-minute drill, finding Funchess, then Drew Dileo twice, then Joe Reynolds, Justice Hayes, and Toussaint to move the Wolverines 82 yards before netting the final two and six points on the lob to Funchess. Michigan tried to free up a receiver on a rub route on the two-point conversion; the Buckeyes had it covered, though, and Gardner's hopeful throw landed in the arms of Tyvis Powell.
Michigan didn't just give Ohio State a fight—quite literally, in a couple instances (above, Fuller)—they played their part in an instant classic. Devin Gardner might've ended the game on his back; I'll remember all the times he got up before that, and what he did while he was standing, above all else.
Your mustache is probably made of alpaca fur.
My biggest take away, and the thing that gives me the most hope, is that these kids ARE incredibly talented. No second guessing. In terms of talent, the two best teams they've played are ND and Ohio and they matched 'em both.
CR7 do you live in England?
Think back to year 3 of Rodriguez and the 37-7 suckfest. We have been competitive all three years with Hoke, winning one. This being the youngest team and we were still very competitive against a veteran unit. I believe the future is very bright.
that OSU fans can't even enjoy thier victory with any semblance of class, no, they create trolling accounts istead?
Very very proud of the team. Sad we lost but simply cannot question effort or desire. We fell one play short an in the end that one play meant a loss instead of a win.
Not the coaches, not the players. They played hard when there were reasons to mail it in and I'm proud to be a fan of this team and program.
I am of course unhappy with the result, but not nearly as unhappy as I thought I'd be. This game turned on a bunch of things and we were in it to the end. Kudos to Hoke for getting the team ready to give their all, and for making the right call to go for two (backup kicker, gimpy QB, etc.). I'm not even unhappy with the call - the rub/triangle concept is a go-to route for M, but Devin didn't have time and they defended well.
As for coaching changes, I am against them. I feel that we wouldn't get anyone better and that the young line is the cause of most of our woes.
I am still pissed off about the last play, but cannot question the effort.
1. New OL coach
2. QB coach
3. AB gone, if he doesn't call another good game in the bowl
4. Better Pass Rush
4. Better secondary coaching
6. Strength and Conditioning
8. Better return game
9. Better blocking by RBs and TEs.
10. Tall WRs -- we have them. Need to coach them up.
I like our RBs and TEs offensive game, regardless of the negative rush yards. Future is bright for the Frosh.
I also like our LBs. They will be good next year.
We have 4 weeks before the bowl. Coach them up and let us go kick some SEC #3 or #4 or B12 #3.
If we develop the players well and AB improves the play calling, we have a chance to be in the playoff. If we can play hard and show our talent and win on the road. We need to play like this every game next year. I am sure everyone thinks it is not possible, but you proved us wrong today. Finish it next year, unlike today.
Borges, and you fire Funk. Then you hire a new OC and new OL coach, but who else are you going to fire so that you can hire a QB coach? Fred Jackson might be leaving, so I guess you could do without a RB coach. Is that your answer?
Record vs. Ohio State
Hoke 1-1, with a win over Luke Fickell and the Buckeyes in 2011, and a 26-21 loss to Urban Meyer in 2012.
Rodriguez 0-3, by a combined score of 100-24.
Hoke Beat Virginia 23-20 in the Sugar Bowl after the 2011 season; Lost to South Carolina 33-28 in the Outback Bowl after the 2012 season.
Rodriguez Missed bowls his first two seasons, breaking Michigan’s string of 33 consecutive bowl appearances, then lost to Mississippi State 52-14, the worst bowl loss in Michigan history, in his final game.
Possibly. I know most of the colleges have their OC coach QB also. Unfortunately, our OC doesn't seem to develop DG. It is quite possible DG is the issue, but two QBs in a row shows more of a trend. It is also possible AB can only develop pro style QBs. If that is true, we suck it up and wait for 2015 and accept 2014 for what it is worth.
QB is the most important position. I know we say it is in the trenches in B1G, but I think it is the QB, just like NFL. I don't have the confidence in AB to develop DG. I sure hope to be proven wrong next season. DG has the skill to be even better. DG is way better, but needs someone who can help him between the ears. I sure hope that Hoke is working with him on the mental part of it. Hoke is a tough dude and he seems to know how to inspire.
Curious...were you calling to fire Scott Shafer for Gerg? It turned out to be big mistake. Fact is, had we beat MSU then youd be loving Borges and Funk right now. So you need to normalize your assessments.
Are you implying that this season's MSU game alone is why people want Borges and/or Funk fired?
Those guys fought harder than I've ever seen a team fight. It's too bad they couldn't come away with a win.
Like most of the other fans here, I'm extremely proud of the way the players went out today. I was at the game, and even in a loss, had one of the most fun and thrilling times I've ever had at a game.
I'm still of course sad for the players. Lewan, Gallon and the like had such a rough senior season, and it would've been nice to let them have the pure joy that would've resulted from winning this game.
Such is sports though. Hopefully in the long run of their life they can look back and be proud of their efforts. For Gardner I simply hope he isn't crushed, I read a quote on ESPN saying that all he'll remember from the game is that he lost the game by throwing an interception at the end. I hope he can keep his head up, stay resilient and come back strong for a great senior season.
We had to go for it all on the last play. Ohio made a great play on the 2pt attempt.
After watching the Alabama/Auburn game, I wish we would have made that play. I am jealous and ticked off. OSU is going to the NC game. They still have some hurdles and hope this close win will come back and haunt them. I still won't root for MSU next week. I sound whiny. Can't stand OSU...
maybe the roof will fall in next week at the OSU/MSU game. No casulties, just scare everyone enough to call it off.............
How is my life sorry. Because I want the rival to suck. Dude, chill out. You just replied to my post. At least I had something original to say. No one wants to know that you have your dick in a bag. TMI...
and hire Jim Tressel. The guy is a proven winner and one hell of a recruiter. Hoke will be good for 3-4 losses a year and is intent on returning UM to the Stone Age.
I hope you are banned.
I think he should have to show cause.
Are an idiot.
You, sir, are a jackass, and should be treated as such
Jim Tressel, former ohio sTATe coach?
Were you not paying attention?
Why you're on our blog when your sister is begging for a banging is beyond me.
I already rawdogged her
Points return after New Year
Nice English, bud. Go read you're dictionary.
He graduated from Tattoo U with honors. Not his fault he didn't get a decent education.
This kind of crap still remains out of bounds.
There is no doubt in my mind that the decision to go for two was correct. I'm sure Brian or someone else will analyze that in due course.
The only thing that I think reasonable minds will be able to debate is the play call itself. To come to a reasonable conclusion, I think someone will have to look at their two point conversion plays for the season and every play they ran from that trips formation in this game and see if they had run that play before (in order to see if this call was predictable). I could be wrong, but I thought that they had run the wide receiver run from that formation, and the option a couple times. I'm not sure if they had passed out of it. So for that reason, it seemed like it may have made sense, assuming they haven't run that pass variation out of that formation.
However, my problem with it was that OSU called timeout and Michigan came out with the exact same formation and ran Dileo (?) in motion to the right after OSU had already seen the formation and the motion by the receiver. Michigan should have changed the play call instead of going back to the same formation and same playcall. That's just my two cents, but I absolutely defend the decision to go for two beyond a shadow of a doubt given the way the game was going and considering the strength of the two teams. Going for it gave us the best chance to win.
Hoke has balls, I like his game theory calls. It's sad to me that a lot of them haven't worked out because I hope he doesn't change when it comes to him making those hard decisions that give us a mathematically better chance to win than the "conventional wisdom"/play it safe mentality.
My opinion is that Borges still has to go and probably also Funk and Jackson. As to Borges, you can't have a 20-25% hit rate as far as good game planning and expect to keep the job. This game just showed that they have been underperforming for the talent level that we have on offense and that's unacceptable.
Proud of this effort though and this game reeled me back in and reminded me why I love Michigan football and this rivalry.
Observations from Section 36...
- FINALLY, Hoke wears a headset......i think it helped - he seemed to be more engaged in the offense.
- The female Ohio fan that sat next to my daughter was obnoxious
- The male Michigan fan who sat behind me was equally obnoxious, so they offset.
- Al Borges was coaching for his job. Did he save it? Maybe, maybe not (see point #1 above)
- Michigan kickoff guys are apparently tougher than OSU kickoff guys. After all, UM's one ejectee was equal to 2 OSU ejectees.
- Most of the really good plays happened on the north end today, by section 36!
- Ohio is more talented, UM wanted it more. I'll take "want-to" over talent any day.
- It wasn't a fumble.
- There will be a heck of a battle at RB next year for UM
- I hate that O-H-I-O thing. But I guess it's good that they live in a state that they can at least spell, although I'm pretty sure the obnoxious lady that sat next to my daughter spelled it O-I-H-O.
UM play this well all year? It should have been a match up of undefeated teams. Now we have to listen to ESPN talking heads say....Well I think Baylor would eerr I mean Stanford eeerrr I mean A ONE loss SEC school would destroy OHio State. Even though the Tigers had to win on the two most unreal plays ever in back to back weeks and have a loss to a 3 loss team.
Michigan who any Ohio State fan hates needs Michigan to be Michigan again. GOOD GAME.
It's like the Iran-Iraq war. You know both are evil, but try to decide which victory hurts you the least. I hate O$U and their trailer-trash fans with a burning passion, but then again, I have to work with a bunch of chest-thumping Spartoons. I'm going to have to ruminate on this one and get back to you.
Good game today. It was a symbol of just how far this program has fallen but yet just how high they can possibly rise.
I'm rooting for OSU, preferably in a blowout. MSU badly needs an outright B1G championship, since with division realignment (and with Narduzzi getting more and more attention elsewhere) they likely won't sniff another chance for years. OSU would go to the BCS championship game and get a nice chunk of change for B1G teams to split. Also, I kind of want OSU fans to continue to build joyless, unrealistic Saban-like expectations for Meyer, so that every time he does lose, more and more of them have an ever-unsatisfied, red-faced, cross-eyed glare (until Meyer fakes another heart attack and gets out of that hellhole).
I'm leaning your way...
your point is foolish. if you don't think hoke already decided to go for two, you are indeed foolish. he asked his seniors to get their "buy in"; an additional psychological edge. a ploy to get extra effort. also, a fake kick for the 2 is even more foolish. i would much rather have gardner throwing a pass for the win than drew dileo.
And both of you go somewhere else. We have no use for either of you.
you're a troll, now git along little dogie.
Buck it, you're about to lose you're entire offense from this year coming next year including at QB if Miller sees the mass offensive exodus and hits leaves. 4 starting oline seniors. RB and back up QB seniors miller could go pro. A couple WRs seniors... It's not getting better than what you had this year.
Looking to next year I think Ohio State will be pretty good on Offense as long as Miller comes back. Which I don't see him leaving unless they win out. He would be a first rounded if he could lead them against two very good defenses.
The four seniors on the oline will be tough to replace. Pat Efflin from Pickerington, Ohio came in and played well after the "fight" so that is one guy we can count on and I somehow think Ohio State might have a few more like him. Its not like you need a great line to run the spread anyway.
As far a wr goes Ohio State is loaded with young speedy wideouts.
You still need a good O Line with the spread but it may not be as important. If you need proof you only need to rewatch the Oregon-Stanford game.