This was an exciting game...congrats Coach Rodriguez and the Wildcats.
Arizona defeats Nevada in New Mexico Bowl
I turned it with under two minutes to play and UA down 13 I think. Dammit, you'd think I'd learn!
At least I hung in there for all of the UTL game.
Going into the game I had picked Arizona with 1 confidence point, but certain Nevada-based sports fans liked the Wildcats so much that I shot it up to like 30. I was sweating for most of the day.
this Coach Rodriguez you speak of?
He runs the spread option with a mobile quarterback. How cool would it be if Michigan had a mobile quarterback?!?! Michigan should give him a call!
See below on forum.
I figured a decent number of MGoBloggers would like the news in it's own thread. I didn't see another topic about the win.
You should adressed the thread title "Section 1 - Rich Rod and Arizona beat Nevada in New Mexico Bowl"
So happy for rich rod. His teams may never get another 3 and out again, and I don't care. I love that hillbilly ass man.
I've heard RR called a lot of things, but that's a new one.
Exciting ending, terrible game, unwatchable defense (shock). AZ got a Neb/MSU style PI call to give them a chance and they capitalized. The 12 people in attendance were excited.
and wish him well, but yo, I am definitely not going to miss watching our defense play like that.
It was a pretty exciting finish. Epic meltdown by Nevada and laughable defense by both sides.
49-48? Sounds about right.
Yep. That sounds like a typical RichRod score.
Another great defense performance by a Rich Rod team...go Cats!
Did anyone happen to see the fight that broke out between the Arizona players on the sidelines in the second quarter? Apparently there was some heated discussion before one of the d-lineman (Hood?) threw a punch at one of the linebackers who then returned with punches before the two were broken up. The linebacker was escorted to the locker room, but the lineman continued to play for a while before he was eventually sent back too. I hate to see that amongst teammates.
EDIT: link to gif
DT: "I deserve to get GERGS (or whover mediocre DC they have) beaver to the face."
LB: "Shut the front door!" "Did you see me on that play, I was turrible and deserve the beaver."
DT: "What the freak man, there is no way that you were more turrible than I was, I have been letting guys right past me and that is why I get the honors of having beaver in my face."
LB: "I had beaver in my face and it was your girl friends... last night."
DT: "I got two beavers for you, why don't you say hello!" (Proceeded to punch LB in the face)
Score a ton of points against craptastic competition. Check.
Unwatchable defense. Check.
Lack of overall discipline (2 az players got into a fistfight on the sideline). Check.
Sounds about right.
But I thought his defense was supposed to become average to pretty good when he was ruinited with his better half Jeff Casteel.
I was watching that game but changed to the end of the IU/Butler game when I figured there was no chance.. guess that proves to me once and for all that I don't know a damn thing.
Must have been a crazy ending, i changed the chanel when Arazona fumbled and a guy picked it up and got out of bounds to stop the clock down 13 with about a minute and a half to go at about their own 30.
Changed back and they were on the 2 going infor the tie. Im guessing a long bomb and an onside kick? Good for RR but Arizona looked pretty bad tbh. Should be interesting once he gets some of his own players in there.
Made me hurt
Typical RichRod game. Just imagine if he had a halfway serviceable defense (I remember saying the exact same thing while he was still here).
he will never have a serviceable defense because he pays no attention to it.
Nice idea, but RichRod didn't understand the OSU and MSU rivalries. He appeared to have a good grasp of the ND rivalry, though.
Same old RR, but different school. No defense !!
and not the typical 3-8.
congrats to him. now if he could just field a defense, he'd be in great shape.
Jeff Casteel is Arizona's DC, and a lot of people here seem to believe that he's Greg Mattison but good at coaching defense. I'm interested to see what happens over the next few years, but here are the points surrendered by Arizona this year during the Pac-12 schedule (and bowl):
Oregon - 49
Oregon State - 38
Stanford - 54 (OT)
Washington - 17
USC - 36
UCLA - 66
Colorado - 31
Utah - 24
Arizona State - 41
Nevada - 48
how bad were the Huskies this year?
Not too shabby. I think they beat Stanford IIRC. CU was god awful.
I would probably give Casteel a little more time before putting him in the GERG category.
Agreed. In fact, even with a few more shaky years, I don't think he can acquire that status. I'm just a little skeptical of the narrative that everything would have been fine had we hired Casteel as DC a few years ago.
Three years of a competent defensive coordinator running his own defense would have certainly worked better than what we actually saw. It would almost certainly have resulted in some additional wins.
Having said that, I don't know that it would have been enough to save Rodriguez.
No one here -- even the RR defenders -- has said Casteel is "Mattison but good at coaching defense." Casteel had a pretty good track record at WVU This is his first year at Arizona, and they apparently were starting five walk-ons on defense at times this year.
Everyone here, including the RR defenders, loves Mattison.
What many folks don't love, however, is that we have gotten a WCO re-tread who has a history of regressing offenses at each of his stops. (Yes, we hired Gerry DiNardo's OC. Glad we saved that money and kept our Manball philosophy alive.) This was the first time in over forty years we had three games in which we didn't score a touchdown, if I remember correctly. And that was with a senior Denard Robinson, who holds many of the all-time leading Michigan offensive records.
Look at what RR's first year Arizona team did offensively, and then look at our slide in all offensive categories from 2010 to 2011 to 2012. If you do not understand why some of us still wish we had a RR offense (or a Sonny Dykes or Kliff Kingsbury or Chip Kelly, etc. offense), instead of Big Al's, I don't know what to tell you. By what metric is Al Borges doing well here and showing progression? By what metrics did he show progression at Auburn, Cal, Indiana?
Since you appear to like numbers, here are a few:
National Rank in Total Offense (Michigan)
National Rank in First Downs/Game (Michigan)
It appears we are sacrificing a lot just for a few quips at post-game press conferences. I suppose it all depends on what you value more.
That you just cut and paste and rearrange for your exact same post you add when you come on once every week? Or do you actually have a thought about ANYTHING else concerning Michigan athletics? Because if so you haven't posted it for months.
I guess some people just decide to say what's important instead of sitting in their mother's basement all day posting whatever nonsense comes to mind.
I think it's kind of amusing that he decided to post it on this particular thread, since the implication of his post is that maximizing your team's advantage in first downs is a primary goal of a coordinator and Arizona broke the all-time bowl record today by giving up 40 first downs.
around a bad defense in one year right? Yes, Mattison was able to do that here, but that is the exception to the rule, particurly with a complex defense like the 3-3-5. I don't think many people believe that Casteel is on the same level as Mattison, but he is a DC with a very solid track record running the 3-3-5. I wouldn't write him off after one year, particulry when the defense he inherited was not talented and not any good the year before.
Still laughing at hillbilly ass man.
Something always has to happen to take the shine off an exciting win. See USC upset.