Stupid PI on Trent turns a 3-and-out into a 16-play drive, punt from the 35(!) bounces into the end zone for a touchback, Cianciolo throws a 43-yard screen for a TD against the best defense ever assembled: UNACCEPTABLE.
I chuckled when PSU attempted the first field goal, and it said "Tigers advance to World Series..." along the bottom ribbon.
I miss those days :(
The defense we had that year.
I wish this video was relevant for this season. BUT... I do think that the defense will play better than advertised this week!
So sad that we're in a place now, defensively, where we long for a defense which yielded 26 to Ball State, 42 to Ohio State and 32 to USC (who could have racked up more if they cared to).
I'm starting to wonder if 2006 was the exception or the rule, seeing that it was sandwiched between a 7-5 (that was a last second W over PSU and a OT W over Iowa from being 5-7) and a 8-4 season.
I remember during the MSU game that year, the stadium scoreboard actually gave Tiger updates (they were in the clinching game against the Yankees). It was a pretty dull game - we beat MSU easily - but every now and then you'd hear these spontaneous cheers from people in the stands listening to the Tigers. It was fun.
Those were some of the biggest cheers of the day. The football game was decided before kickoff, but there was at least some drama and uncertainty in the ALDS.
By my count, Michigan had 74 sacks in that game.
I forgot how good of an announcer Bob Davie was. He should never have been dropped from the Musburger/Herbstriet team. Curse you ESPN.
That was way back when Holding was a penalty.
Also, PSU's Clark got freaking huge by his senior year.
Man, was it only five years ago that we had that kind of defense?
it was only four.
Was what a surprise the entire season was... right up until the end. It was like Christmas every day after 2005. Although our nickel package was exposed against Ball State (as pointed out by others) and exploited by tOSU and USC, our defense was still a joy to watch.
Anyone else notice how far off our corners were even then...
Line pressure gives cornerbacks this type of freedom to play back and make plays. If we can get a more consistent pass rush we will get hurries and more ints.
what I miss most is how that defense just flat out laid the wood. jesus they thumped people.
It just seemed like played downhill at all times. The linebackers filled gaps with great vigor. Shawn Crable closed on the ball better than anyone I can recall. A freeking missile, that one.
That, and Alan Branch killed a guy.
This may be a dumb question, or has already been discussed on the board, but if our defensive struggles continue and we end up firing GERG (im not saying i want that), any chance we get Ron English back?
This video should be the alternative to neg bombing. Probably works everytime.
I don't think EMU is going to fire English after only two seasons, so no.
Yeah, 1 win in 2 years is actually about on par for EMU
I cried a little after watching that and remembering how great a day that was. I stll remember screaming about Magglio's homerun and then watching this sick defense kill qb's. Oh when it was good to be a sports fan in Michigan...
It's weird to see a linebacker wearing #45 making plays.
And why is it that everygame at Penn State features some guy yelling "HEADS HEADS HEADS" when Penn State is on offense?
If this is sarcasm Im sorry but it went over my head.
I think he's yelling PASS though, not HEADS
Edit: now that I heard it more you may be right, just feel like pass would make more sense haha
Our defensive line was crazy that year. Please let our defense get back to this point sooner rather than later.
If we do get that D back some day do we have to let that O come with them? 18 sacks half of them at the PSU 20 or less and we put up an astounding 17 points with Hene, Hart, AA, Breaston, Long, Kraus, Bihl, Boren. (Manningham was out if I recall)
While I wish for those D's, I will stick with this O... we can have both,.. right? Please god tell me I'm right..??
"It's just a sack, Felicia."
It's nice for once to hear someone refer to the defense as "nasty" and mean it as a compliment.
am I being teased by watching a stout defense play after play?
One of these years we will have a good defense. I'm guessing it will take 2 more years before our defense is good. Overall the '06 defense was very good, but USC got to us in the 2nd half of the '07 Rose Bowl and OSU put some points on this defense. I liked the '97 and '85 defenses. Those defenses shut every opponent down!
at the 1:08/1:09 mark is what I need to start seeing again. Unfortunately, the same play right now would likely result in at least an 8 yrd gain.
I understand the youth of our team... but that tackling and drive to not let the opposing team even an inch farther. That is what I miss.
I could watch that Branch hit over and over again...
Would love to see a 2010 version of that.
after watching that defensive performance did we only win that game 17-10. There were only 2-3 big plays by Penn State that game. Man, I cannot wait until our current defense quits giving up the big plays
the guy yelling "HIIITTTT!!!" after virtually every snap.
Watching this video, it appears that the 2006 scheme is not much different than what GERG ran in 2009. There is a lot of "4-3 under" and "4-3 over" being played.
The difference is obviously the personnel. We had true freshman Roh playing Crable's position (the "deathbacker" position was invented with exactly someone like Crable in mind). Ezeh trying to be David Harris. RVB/Martin trying to be Branch/Taylor. The only positions where we had equal talent/production in 2006/2009 were Graham/Woodley and Warren/Hall.
Looking at our defense today, it looks like we at least have a starting foundation for a strong defense next year:
- I don't think it is too far fetched to see Roh develop into a Shawn Crable type player; Mike Martin is similar to Alan Branch at the same point in their careers; JT Floyd is very comparable to Morgan Trent heading into his junior year (obviously less speed but similar production); RVB is at least as good now as Jamison or Biggs were in their junior seasons.
- The key is obviously how close Demens and Jones can get to playing as Harris and Burgess did. Also, we need to find our Leon Hall.
i thought i saw a true freshman ezeh hit the hole and stop the RB. then i remembered it was david harris. silly me