Toledo last year? lol
Toledo last year? lol
Yeah, but there were about 500 different ones in that one. I was there. I graduated from Toledo, but Michigan has always been my school. What I WANTED was for Michigan to win, but Toledo to play epically well, and both schools use it as a springboard to a great season.
Instead, both sucked, and Michigan sucked just a little more. A few inches more, to be precise.
If I could pick 1 play last season, it would be the 90+ yard pick 6 that stevie threat threw on our opening drive. We had moved very easily down the field till that play, UT's only touchdown, which caused a 14 point swing.
How about squibbing a kick, or even kicking it OOB once or twice in the 1989 ND game?
Thats gotta to be on my list somewhere.
And, regarding the 1985 Iowa game. I'd like to focus, not on the FG make at the end, but the INT that went right through Brad Cochrane's hand on Iowa's eventual game winning drive.
Thats the play in that game I'd like to have back.
I was so young that I only remember using all my nonexistent telepathic powers to somehow make that FG *miss*. Needless to say, my powers stink.
IIRC, we dominated that 1989 game statistically, just couldn't get a tackle on a KO.
I was a young teen in 1985 and was so frustrated with the game that I picked a fight with my younger brother. I wound up punching him in the head hard enough to warrant an ER visit. That was a life lowlight in many ways.
The USC phantom touchdown (or was it a 2-pointer) in the Rose Bowl years back.
fumbling the ball at about the two yard line and it was recovered by Michigan DB Mark Braman. Oops that's what really happened, but they called it a TD.
I remember this clearly - one of my first sports memories in fact. I was certain, after watching the replays on the old black-and-white, that once the refs saw what had happened, they would overturn the call and replay the game from the point of the TD-turned-fumble. When I found out, the next morning, that the play -- and the score (17-10, USC I believe) would stand -- I realized that actually, life isn't always fair. A big deal for me at the time.
ND got the same gift against us in 2002 when Carlyle Holliday fumbled at the 2 and the refs gave him a TD.
and a ND fan sold me the tix. I was sitting in the endzone screaming, "the ball never left the four yard line!!!" I can vividly remember the UM player holding up the ball at the four while Holiday scampered into the endzone holding nothing but his elbows. That was the cheapest, worst BS play ever IMO. If only replay was around then....
The Texas game mentioned above had another play that would have made the difference. How about Pat Massey with a bear hug on Vince Young in the final drive, and somehow he slithers out of it and runs away? That should have been a sack, Massey was plenty big enough to muscle Vince down. That was still a great game though, and it made me feel better watching Vince do the same number to win the title the very next year.
that game that just hurts you inside, I have a couple of those as well. Obviously 2006 Ohio State hurt me a lot. In other sports, there was Game 7 of the NBA Finals. That took me a while to get over. Also, Game 5 of the World Series in 2006. Watching St. Louis celebrate after beating my team literally brought a tear to my eye. It was one of the hardest things I've had to watch.
No exactly "inches", but a fumble on the 2 yard line on 1st and 10 after a 80+ yard drive as the half expires in a 3-0 game... killer. Especially since it was the first and only carry for DT Will Carr that year. Still mad at Lloyd for that call.
I had forgotten that one, it brings back painful memories. If the ball had been a meatball sandwich, Will Carr doesn't fumble it...
The 1999 Superbowl against the Rams truly defines a "game of inches" for me. I watched it as a kid, and yea I cried a little. I still get emotional every time I see the replay.
As far as the Wolverines go, that Michigan-Texas Rose Bowl was great to watch. They sure could have used an inch on blocking that field goal. But how great was having all those USC fans feel the same thing the next year? That awful feeling of knowing something is coming but being unable to stop it.
Coming full circle, I was thus pleased when the Titans picked Vince Young in the draft. Too bad he hasn't lived up to that Bowl game magic since.
it was Prescott Burgess that partially blocked the FG IIRC.
Another one was Michigan - Ohio State 2005. Anthony Gonzalez made that catch on 3rd and 11 (?) that eventually led to the game winning touchdown. It was a great catch in front of Grant Mason that if he would have been positioned a little better or the pass had just sailed a little bit farther behind him, Michigan could have walked away with a upset that would have saved an otherwise disappointing season.
You just found #11.
and I will, but from a different angle
If Jim Hermann's balls were one cubic inch larger, he might not have given up on winning the game during the Buck's last two drives
I found this hilarious.
Gonzalez made that catch on 1st and 10. However, on the previous OSU drive (when it was 21-12), they converted a 3rd and 10 for a TD.
1973-Mich-OSU- Give Landry the FG(which from the camera angle looks good anyway) Mich may win a NC.
1988-Mich-Hurricanes-If LB wraps up back on crossing route time probably runs out on the Canes as opposed to them scoring...hurts still.
2006-Pick anything but the Henne overthrow to Manningham just off his fingers could have switched momentum in the 1st half.
2002-Push off call on Braylon prevents TD and gives Buckeyes NC
1989-Horesshit holding call on fake punt steals Bo's final victory..how much did that ref have on the game??
I almost never miss Michigan football, ever. The list of what I've missed since 1984 is extremely short, and only includes parts of 4-5 games.
We were up by 2 TD's in the 4th, and I had something going on that was important (who can remember now?) I remember distinctly thinking "well, we've got this one in the bag, and even if Miami were to come back, would I really want to see that? Ha ha. That's not gonna happen." I quit watching and left.
So I missed it.
That was my first M game ever, 14th birthday, the first year my father had season tickets. Every local bandwagon jumping Miami fan was there and horribly obnoxious. M was up 16 points with six minutes left over a Hurricane team that featured Steve Walsh, gave up two TDs, an onside kick and a gut punching game winning FG with seconds left.
Michigan V Texas was Shazor. I think the closeup showed that he got a piece of it, which is why it looked like such a wobbly duck.
I was at this game, and the general consesus was that (whoever the player was) just got a finger on it. Maybe if he didn't touch it the ball would have missed as well. So its a matter of inches either way.
shazor was the guy who came around the end, burgess also almost blocked it jumping in the line. either one could have had it.
I thought that Shazor tapped it just enough in precisely the right spot to make it go through Burgess' hands. If Shazor had just let it go, Burgess would have blocked it...
has to be top 5, I mean, Michigan was mere electrons away from winning that game
It was the last game of the state finals. We were tied -
in the end of the third period. Sure enough, I get a penalty shot. I go in, I triple deke. Faked the goalie right out of his pads.
The puck's headed in, and then... Clang! Hits the post. We ended up losing in overtime.
We lost the state title for the first time ever that year. Just a quarter inch the other way and it goes in...
Yeah, but a quarter inch the other way and you would've missed completely.
I always hated that line. Since when do they give points for hitting the post?
As to the original post: Definitely 2006 vs. OSU. 'cause I was going CRAZY when he got that stop, only to have it called back on a helmet to helmet. And mark my words, we were a WAY better matchup in the NC game than OSU was.
It was Game 6 on the road. 3rd period. I received a pass on the blue line and carried it towards the goal on my backhand. Just as the defender tried to poke at the puck, I went under his stick to my forehand and lifted a quick shot over the goalie. Beat him cold.
The puck's headed in, and then...Clang! hits the post, and the goalie gets lucky enough to sit on the puck instead of knock it back into the goal. We end up losing by 1 instead of going to overtime.
IIRC didn't Marquise Walker just DROP the ball as he was running down the sideline when we lost to them out there in '01?
Also, that darn '05 Notre Dame game that started the avalanche of losses that year, Michigan left at least 21 points on the field with Henne's supposed fumble .0001mm away from the endzone and a few other redzone trips that came away empty, and Mike Hart's stupid knee, or ankle or whatever it was that held him to something like 3 carries for 4 yards probably would have done us a favor by staying healthy.
If Smith is a few inches taller, no personal foul penalty on Burgess.
There were 2 plays in 1985 between undefeated season and the one loss - one tie actual record: (1) first series on Iowa's final game winning drive, Brad Cochran steps in front of out route and a sure interception bounces off his chest - Iowa drives on to kick FG, wins 12-10; (2) on the road v. Illinois, Gerald White fumbles on the Illinois 1 yard line w/ game tied 3-3 late in 4th quarter (he falls into end zone w/o the ball, so 10-3 lead never happened - change those 2 plays and M goes to Rose Bowl for national title.
In 1986, Ricky Foggie busts 30+ yard scramble on 3rd and long, setting up game winning FG - a crushing preview of M defense's future struggles w/ running QB's
The 1985 team was better - possibly the best defense Bo ever had.
#10 would have been on ESPn until the end of forever.
#6 was Prescott Burgess, the picture in the GRP was awful the next day (the ball was right next to his hands.)
I think all of the above choices are spot-on, so for the sake of novelty I will go with Minnesota 2005 and Gary Russell's unintentional 70-something yard touchdown.
I remember being at that game and thinking "what teh fucks did you think they were gonna do, throw the ball???"
On that thought, does anyone remember the 2008 Purdue game?
We are losing by 7, on 3rd down of our last drive, Odoms is streaking down the field all alone and stevie dual-threet badly overthrows him? I can still see Odoms diving at the ball.
All this reminiscing losing games is killing me inside.
That angle makes it look like Burgess was going to just swat it away. If memory serves correctly, both him and Shazor (25) were "inches" from the block.
One game I would change, Michigan didn't even play in it. The play I am thinking of is the catch in the Nebraska/Missouri game in 1997. The receiver kicks it in the air and another Nebraska receiver scoops it before it hits the ground. Literally cost Michigan the outright title.
I have always felt like that kick was intentional and should have been ruled incomplete. Still pisses me off today.
The kick-er, Shevin Wiggins, admitted a week later that he intentionally kicked the ball. The Big 12 officials' supervisor also admitted that the officiating crew blew the call, saying it should have been ruled incomplete.
In 1985, Michigan lost to Iowa (13-12) and tied Illinois (3-3)...not the other way around.
actually, the Iowa score was 12-10 in 1985 - original post had both right (I was at both games). In any event, there are a lot of near misses. How about the ones that went the other way?
1. Penn St. - Manningham makes winning TD catch as time expires
2. Braylon Edwards several times in the classic OT game v. Sparty
3. Desmond Howard v. ND catching the pass in the corner at home to pull out the win
4. Last second TD pass to beat Virginia - don't recall who caught it
5. M beating Iowa on last second field goals at home in 1983 (Bob Bergeron) and 1986 (Mike Gillette)
6. Anthony Carter catching winning TD to avert loss to Corso-led Hoosiers in 1978 (not bad for a freshman)
Apologize for forgetting the years on some of these - I'm getting old
you're right on the tie - my bad.
More on that game - do you think some IU game of inches blogger is saying "if only the officials would've flagged Larry Ricks for "fumbling" the ball out of bounds from inside the hash mark, we would have tied Michigan in 1978?"
Ah yes, the infamous play before the play. Corso complains about whenever it gets brought up, but i was under the historical impression that that play was legal in 1979.
Oh, and, correction to the correction to the correction. The game was in 1979.
UM lost to ND earlier 12-10 on a block FG when Bob Crable (no relation) climbed on the back on the DT. Rule changed in the offseason afterwards so you could not do that anymore.
I add that because I always thought that 1979 was an interesting season for UM because 2 of its games were decided on plays in the final possession that were made illegal in the offseason.
I could be way wrong, though. Memories are a hazy thing, after all.
I wonder if there's a metric on this somewhere: UM games have led to at least 2 rule changes and 2 policy changes that I know of, off-hand. There might be more. Here are the 4 I know:
1) The 1974 loss to OSU on the last-second FG by Mike Lantry that was (erroneously) called wide. Up until then, only one referee was stationed under the uprights. Ever since that fiasco, there have been two. Thanks, fellas...
2) This game (plus the ones in '72 and '73, and yes the lure of TV $$) led to the Big Ten finally abandoning their Rose Bowl-only policy after Michigan teams that finished 10-1 and 10-0-1 stayed home for the holidays.
3) The '79 Indiana game mentioned here, which led to at least a clearer rule about intentional fumbles.
4) The Sparty game in 2001 -- when time stood still -- led to the change in the Big Ten's policy for clock-keeping.
Any others anybody know of?
ND in either '79 or '80 - an Irish player leaped on his teammate's back to block a FG and we lost. The NCAA outlawed that move the following year.
It was the Crable play I referenced above. ND won 12-10. 1979. On the turf in Ann Arbor, even.
It did lead to the rule change, but its also worth noting that folks older to remember more details (i.e. you suckers who are actually older than I) will mention the whole 1979 season may have been worst season from a kicking standpoint ever for UM.
Worse than Peter Elizovich. Worse than 2004.
Losing to both rivals, at home, on blocked kicks in the waning moments. Ugh.