I admit I was wrong. I posted this week and would tell anyone Michigan would score 3 or 6 maybe 13 tops and lose as Ohio scored 38 or 41 or so.
I was stunned watching Michigan score 6 TD as each one happeneed. I underestimated our ability to score.
As I watched, I felt Where has this team been? where was this the last five weeks? was it Borges "using the whole drawer of plays" was it just the supercharged Motivation Ohio week provides? It was night and day better than MSU, Nebraska, Northwestern or Iowa. IT was similar to PSU.
Though the team surprised me on offense, at no time during the game did i believe or think that we would actually win. Not up 21-14 in the 2nd. Not after erasing the 35-21 deficit.
I thought we should have played for OT by attempting a PAT. But i am not mad at Coach Hoke. I understand it. Gardner was hobbled, the QB running plays were not as much an option. GIbbons was out. Should a HC ask his seniors if they want to go for two? Players will say Go for 2 100% of the time. its the HC that should have a level head. It may have been a tacit admission that OSU would be hard to stop in OT and our best chance, our punchers chance was on that 2 PT conversion try.
IF we had gotten the 2 PT, it would have been the biggest upset of 40 years. We had a shot. the play wasnt good but we had a shot. I wonder if the option had worked. certainly if Gardner was healthy it would have been much more dangerous.
I feel no moral victory. i am glad we were not embarrassed as i expected to be. But its sad that our record in the last 10 games vs Ohio is so poor and its sad that most of us didnt expect to compete after watching Michigan play 11 games this year.