I feel the outcome of this game met expectations... less the first half. I think the defense did what they could in the first half playing for 20 minutes with no help from the offense. I was pumped up with the good first Q play and even forcing a punt.
Not sure what changed with the offense in the second half, wish they had that little spark in the first. Is it just me or does it feel like Denards throwing mechanics have regressed back to where they were at the end of last year? He had a couple good touch passes, but timing and general ball placement seem to be suffering a bit.
Defensively, i don't know anything schematic about football - i'll start by saying that, but the 3-3-5 just doesn't seem to get enough penetration - it's almost like saying we'll give you 5 yards on any run until you guys hit the second line. i don't know what scheme works better given our players, but hoping there's more adjustment next year rather than going with some hokey scheme that worked in big east WVU.
Optimistic for next year, glad we get the extra bonus practices for bowl prep, i think this team needs it. Also hope the injuries to Gallon, Smith, and Stonum are not too severe, they didn't look too fun on TV.
As always, Go BLUE - it's still Great to be a Michigan Wolverine!