Anyone notice Denard switched jersey's to the "last year's" version in the 4th quarter?
"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
It was a tale of two halves. I preferred the second. The first half was all, QB oh no*. The second half was QB OMG. The first half was GERG. The second half was Greg. And now on to the box score, as brought to you by your local MGoBlogging box scorespondent (see what I did there?)
Burst of Impetus
Trash Cans Full of Dirt
Big John R. Studd Referee Section
Random, as Yet Unnamed, Bullets
* “QB oh no” is the exact opposite of the “QB oh noes”, where your QB makes you say “oh no” by throwing balls directly into the opponent’s hands.
** Attendance was only 47,330. Seriously NU, just let us buy you out like in the old days.
Anyone notice Denard switched jersey's to the "last year's" version in the 4th quarter?
He either got sacked or ran for minimal game and a NU defender brought him down by the jersey. You could see it got ripped all the way down his arm. I assume they got him a spare, which in this case, was last year's uni.
Those jerseys seem like pieces of crap that tear like Kleenex at the slightest tug. I am obviously full of hyperbole here but come on, these new jerseys just seem cheap. Me no likey.
I for one, did not think the commentators were especially competent.
They called Gallon Galloway at one point, made several math errors (saying that Michigan had scored 14 unanswered points when they really meant to say 21), and made several other errors throughout the game (saying Northwestern when they meant Michigan, or vice versa).
They did not feel like the "A" team to me.
Otherwise, I agree with your post- thanks for you comments. There were a number of good insights above, as usual.
Dead on. The amount of bad, inaccurate and downright wrong referencesmade by this crew was immense. Constantly referring to Gardner as a Freshman (and not b/c they thought his medical redshirt would come through in two years), using terribly trite and annoyingly repetitive comments (Shoelace lost his shoe...hiLARious), and the worst of all comment when Michigan failed to convert on a 2nd and 5: "Michigan elects to leave the offense on the field!" Borges really is a mad magician, going for it on 3rd and 5?!?!? Crazy.
Did you ever get Dr. Girlfriend back? I haven't made it to season three yet...
That was my favorite derp by the crew, by far.
Seriously - if you work for the B1G Network, don't you think you'd learn the player's names and numbers? It's not like these guys have a day job, and I'm pretty sure they know which crew is working which game a few days in advance. The only thing more unfortunate was that nobody brought up the San Diego 49ers.
was a Freshman....... which is wrong.
Do you know something we don't about his medical redshirt status?
I hope you're wrong.
Couldn't even get the team names right...and Galloway? Jeez.
I was at the game and, yes, you heard Michigan fans booing many holding calls that weren't called. I wondered what the heck the refs were looking at on some plays.
No one could really tell what happened on the Kovacs beheading play. The replay on the stadium "mini-tron" screen didn't show anything either. I assumed Fitz was complaining about a face mask, but when a helmet comes off the play is over. At least the refs got that part of the call right.
The magical 2 seconds at the end of the first half was weird. I looked at the scoreboard clock right after the ball hit the ground and saw it change from 1 to 0. If any time was left, it was one second, not 2. The acoustics in the stadium are bad, so we could not hear what the official said that prompted the team to head toward the locker room, but it was all really weird. I think we found where Michigan State's clock keeper from the early 00's works.
Their was wind at the game from the south to the north. The flags around the top of the stadium were blowing all night. The wind picked up a bit in the second half, so Wile did get a bit of wind to help with his touchbacks that I think all happened in the north end zone.
The NU punter was a master of yards after the ball hit the ground. His kicks looked bad, but they turn out to be effective after all the rolling ended.
Holding them to a FG at the end of the half was Burst of Impetus worthy. I forgot to add that. Going in down 10 was a lot better than 14. The TV replay clearly showed 2 seconds on the clock when the ball hit the ground, but I think the timer was late in starting the clock. Persa was sitting back in the pocket awhile before the 6 went to a 5, but at most I think it was a 5 second play. It's hard to say since we don't know if there were 6.9 seconds left or 6.0 seconds or something in between.
The boxscore listed the wind as being 3 MPH. I wonder if they just go by the weather forecast or if someone actually measures the wind during the game.
NW only getting 3 at the end of the half was big. Their receiver simply dropped an easy touchdown. He catches that and there isn't any complaining about the clock.
The 114 - 21 point differential in the 2nd half of games is, well ...TREMENDOUS. This one stat confirms that coaching adjustments (when actually made) do work!
Even if the ball hit at :02, the clock is not supposed to stop until the official signals. I haven't been able to go back and look because for some reason my DVR of the game got screwed up and started midway through the third.
It was a weird sequence to say the least.
You mean you found Spartan Bob??? Did you kick him for all of us?
Spartan Bob lives in Massachusetts. With his long-lost sister that he recently learned about. Or something. I didn't really read the article.
That was his version of "act like you've done it before, and plan to do it again."
If you count the missed field goal by us which is also a turnover, the margin was even.
Not only the two tackles, but one of them was from an interception on a pass intended for Smith. He fell down after getting cut off for the INT, got up and STILL made the tackle 20 or 30 yards upfield.
I am with you that I was surprised that they fell for the ol' MANBALL trick, but I believe that bootleg was the naked boot. So, the defense becomes accustomed to the MANBALL fullback dive, the LBs are keyed in on the guards, and BOOM naked boot. That would look exactly like the dive, keeping the linebackers in because you don't have a guard pulling to protect the QB.
Good play call I thought.
A good play call and a hell of a fake handoff by Devin. He looked like he has been running that play for years.
I don't know why, but that DG run reminded me of Terrell Pryor... minus the tattoos and the empty soul devoid of ethics.
The miscellaneous yard - when Persa spiked the ball on 1st and 10 on their last drive in the 4th quarter, they marked the ball a yard ahead to give them 2nd and 9. It was a weird play.
I noticed that as well...I was yelling at the tv, and couldn't believe that none of the officials or coaches noticed, even though it really didn't matter.
Another gripe with this officiating crew. I could be totally wrong, but I always through that any play, even a spike, lasts a minimum of two seconds. Thus, that spike by Persa should have brought the clock down to :07, and not the :08 that they eventually settled on.
If I am wrong please correct me. I really could be making this up in my head. FWIW, many of the Michigan fans near me (section 105) thought the same thing.
The 'tackled in bounds' stat doesn't mean as much these days with the new rule change from a few years back where it's only in the last two minutes of each half where the clock stops for going out of bounds. Announcers still make this mistake in a lot of games where the commend a guy for getting out of bounds or a defender for tackling in bounds.
Another worthwhile point is that Hoke made another great 4th down decision which led to our 2nd touchdown.
Surely it should be YAPL or YAPHG (Lands or Hits Ground). YAP sounds like yards you gain after you have punted - as in "there was a penalty/muff that allowed the drive to continue and we're measuring how many yards we gained after that". PAP might be relevant in some games.
I like the stat, hate the name.
"Wile had three touchbacks after producing only 4 all season. There was no wind to speak of, so I wonder what caused that. All three were to the same endzone IIRC. "
Isn't it obvious? NU's field is smaller. It even looks like a high school football stadium, only... smaller.
than Wrigley Field
I was so glad that Fitzgerald didn't take the Michigan job. He's a good coach, but would he really have been able to snag such good assistant coaches? I think not.
Also, onto the stats... Well done. I agree that 14/17 on 3rd down is EXCEPTIONAL. That is 82%. In my humble opinion, 3rd down conversion is one of the most important stats there is in football. That's what wins games.