Replay @ 1:00 p.m. on BTN. Epic 31 point 4th Qtr. comeback. Worth a watch on a lazy Sunday, especially it you're hungry for some Michigan football. Frankly, I'm about starving to death.
Watching them run right up the middle of our defense was disgusting.
That was, unfortunately, part of the no-name era for the interior defensive line. (By no-name, I mean guys who were decent players but not obvious future pros.) That's mostly how it was (1997 being a notable exception) prior to the arrival of (yes) Gabe Watson.
It's also true that Minnesota was a very good running team during the Mason years.
...but Barber was a beast and they were ranked among the better rushing offenses in the nation.
Geez look at the push by the oline
Box Score for those interested. Chris Perry with a huge day catching the ball, Steve Breaston with a 36 yd TD pass, John Navarre with a 45 yd punt!
<3 Navarre Navarre Navarre <3
Skip to 4:35 in video.
Too lazy to embed, at least I'm honest.
To be fair to Navarre, of course, the 33-of-47 for 353 yards was not a bad game overall despite John Navarre finding Minnesota CB Justin Isom at a terrible, terrible moment in the game (I think the Gophers scored on that possession too). John also did get some positive yards on rushes - 6 carries for 3 yards - so he did have that going for him too. Didn't he punt once in this game too?
I still cannot believe they fired Glen Mason. He had some really good teams at Minnesota.
No disrespect to Kill, but Mason is probably the best coach they've had since forever.
Depending on when forever started.
Henry L. Williams was 136-33-11 from 1900 to 1921. Eight conference titles. One Nat'l title.
Bernie Bierman was 93-35-6 in the 1930s and 1940s. Seven conference titles. Five (claimed) Nat'l titles. Undefeated in 4 of those 5 years. Played for Coach Williams.
Navarre's rushing touchdown is one of my fave touchdowns ever. It seemed like it was going in slow motion. Can't believe this was 11 years ago!
Is that play considered a rush or a reception?
Due to a twins playoff game on Saturday. Minnesota was ranked #13 nationally. Michigan had experienced nFL talent all over the field. Jake long, Braylon, breston, avant, perry, Leon hall...
In other words, a very very long time ago.
Long was redshirted that year, but yes those teams were stacked with talent. Don't forget Marlin Jackson and David Baas were starters on this team.
Dang, I miss that team.
That Navarre TD catch and run is priceless. He makes Bernie Kosar look fast.
Classic Lloyd Carr team that you knew would always pull it out in the end.
I remember staying up on friday night for this game. Thanks for pointing out this game being on. I have been craving football.
That's right. The Twins made the playoffs that year and this game got moved. I remember Lloyd being upset about moving the game as it would mess with the teams routine.
I keep hearing Shazor's name and wondering what if he had stayed around.
How a game can turn from disgust to elation.
Millen announcing just is not right.
I think that's Golic
... he's a better announcer than GM.
Are we about to win soon??
One of my favorite Michigan RB's, and (IMO) very underrated and somewhat unappreciated. He might not have some of the career stats some of our other great RB's have, but the man was money with the game on the line.
I mean he was a heisman finalist his senior year. That seems pretty well rated.
Dead center on that FG, as Michigan finally takes the lead with 47 seconds left. A short kick, no doubt, but damn nice for a freshman in a pressure situation.
That win meant so much. After this game, the team played 'A' football the rest of the season, (until the Rose Bowl of course when we lost to another pay for play Pete Carroll USC team.)
But after that Minnesota game....
*56-14 over Illinois with the best punt return for a TD by Breaston ever.
*31-3 over a top ten Purdue team that came in with a ton of hype and was playing great football all year.
*27-20 over a MSU team that was coming off 6 straight wins and the media was suddenly in love with John L. (That game wasn't as close as the final score, it would have ended 34-13 had Navarre not fumbled on an unblocked sack that was returned 80 yards for a TD).
*41-10 over Northwestern...returning to Evantson for the first time since the horrible 54-51 game.
*35-21 over OSU.... Should have gone up 35-7 but Braylon's 90 yard TD was called back thanks to holding.
That was some excellent football during those 6 weeks.
Favorite play of that season was the pass from breaston to Navarre. Still the only michigan qb to score a receiving td. Other than Gonzales who switched to receiver
I was ten years old and so depressed by the end of the third quarter that I went to sleep, crying.
My mom shook me awake an hour later, yelling, "THEY DID IT! THEY DID IT! COME AND SEE!" And I sprinted back upstairs in time to see the final kneeldown.
Thanks to the Twins playoff scheduling fubar, the game being moved to Friday worked perfectly with my wife's labor for our second. Michigan provided the greatest comeback win in school history, my wife went into labor at 1am, and my beautiful girl was born before the noon games on Saturday. (No, college football is not more important than the birth of my daughter - though it's a close 4th behind my wedding and the birth of both kids.)
I re-told the family history to John Navarre at a fund raiser and told him that after he made the magic happen my lovely little girl was born. To which he replied, "No, YOU made the magic happen." We never appreciated him enough when he was here.
And to the poster a couple before me, Riemersma was a converted QB to TE. He caught a few TD passes if we're being technical. John is the only full-time QB to score on the throwback. Neither Brady nor Griese scored on their chances. I can't recall if Grbac caught one, but I thought he did.
Love watching that game. That interception at the end of the game sure was an unlucky bounce for a program that gets more than their share of luck.