* Fourth and four at Illinois' 42-yard line with 50 seconds to go in the first half. Michigan punts the ball. Discuss.
I think this is the right call. Michigan has maybe a 50% chance to get those 4 yards, and they were having a rough 2Q. Even if they get the 1st, they have 40 seconds and are at the 35ish line. A FG is out because Lopata has looked horrible. I don't think you can pick up the 35 yards in 40 seconds with Odoms and Matthews being your only deep threats.
So while it's unlikely that Michigan can get any points in 50 seconds, and ignoring the whole "go into the half safely theme", what about if Michigan went for it and failed? Well, you figure Illinois has a huge shot to pick up enough yards to get into FG range or even score some big plays.
If there are even 40 more seconds (1:30 total) on the clock I say bad call, but with only 50 seconds left I can't say it was a bad cal.