Someone who taped the game, look around the 12/13 min mark of the 4th Q.. Michigan is lined up in a pretty standard looking 3-3-5 stack with Patterson at the nose. He drops into a short zone and Frazer, looking for the quick slant, hits him in the chest with the ball. Sounds a lot like this, from the MSP Preview Issue at p.79:
When defenses began zone-blitzing in earnest, however, the quarterback's hot reads were suddenly all wrong: instead of throwing a slant away from the man defender for a big play, the ball could land in the chest of a zone defender who had dropped from the interior or flowed from the opposite side.
However, the same article in MSP notes:
But, as previously indicated, one of the most attractive features of the 3-3-5 is the ability to use zone blitzes without having to drop a defensive lineman into coverage, unlike a traditional 4-3.
The thing is, as I sat there watching from sec. 44 with a perfect view of it, I don't remember thinking "blitz" on this play. So someone with the tape, go back and look and answer me these questions three, 'ere the other side ye see:
1. Was there a blitz on?
2. Was Patterson actually dropping into an underneath zone or did he just see a big lineman in front of him and think, "yeah, this isn't happening, maybe I'll just hang out"?
3. If no on (1) and yes on the first part of two (2), then what in Sam Hill is GERG up to? Because it's creative, and me likey.