I had so many favorite moments having been at the game, but once I got home and watched highlights, I realized what my true favorite moment was. Probably my moment of zen for the year.
What as your favorite single moment?
Winning the game due to a defensive play and becoming bowl eligible. That was my favorite moment!
Looping from end and roaring up a wide open middle on the last play of the game. The QB took one look at him bearing down and was toast.
It was the happiest I have been in the last 3 years of Michigan Football. It was so wonderful watching the afternoon games and waking up in the morning knowing that we are goin bowling. I did however love very much the block you have prtrayed above. It was so nice to finally see us run some form of a "trick" play.
Forcier to Stonum laying down in the corner. Illinois had us dead to rights so many times, I had accepted our fate. That play gave me hope.
That crushing block is definitely number one, but next would probably be either of Hemingway's awesome TD catches. The one that he dances around 3 different guys and the one that he catches the ball off the defender's helmet.
The one where he dances around 3 guys is absolutely insane, and if I had to pick one, is my favorite.
Re-watching that just made my jaw drop and wonder how the hell he pulled it off. There was like 5 different ways that play should have ended in less than a touchdown, but, we found the end zone.
Yeah I couldn't believe what I was watching during that play. Hemingway made all three of those guys look like fools.
Yeah, like the ILL players, I was was already thinking about the next play! That play exemplifies the team's attitude in the game...don't give up...don't ever give up.
Also, I don't know why, but I really loved Avery's open field tackle to stop a key drive in the first quarter after we had turned the ball over. It was a big stop.
Watching the replays, they really made some big plays out there. Yes, they gave up 65, but in triple overtime, while dealing with 5 turn overs. They made some plays they haven't made all year, but they're not going to get any credit for them. That play was one of them.
Also, it's good to see you back. Hopefully your work will understand.
In the stadium I kept thinking how the D was keeping us in the game. That Avery stop you mentioned was excellent along with a handful of really good plays by Cam Gordon, Demens, and Vinopal. The D made some plays and tackles that they hadn't all year. Also, it was really nice seeing the D line and linebackers make some solid arm tackles when the Illinois back made a good move in the hole.
for the Purdue game and we hold a team under 25. But, then again, I am a slappie.
ain't gonna do it. I'm tempted to say the same thing but I'm keeping my mouth shut. I've been burned to many times. That's like a recovering alcoholic deciding he can handle his liquor now, I ain't going there.
Not only having to deal with the turnovers but dealing with the field position Illinois had after the turnovers! They seemed to play on Michigan's side of the field the entire first half. I was very impressed with their play regardless of the score. Then again, maybe I'm jaded after watching last week's performance against PSU. Either way, I was impressed this week.
I also loved Avery's open field tackle, but how about Vinopal charging up and filling the gap AND somehow not letting his significant weight deficiency matter and standing LeShoure up for a huge 3rd down stop. Vinopal and Avery played huge on Saturday.
Might have been the play of the game. Who knows what happens if we don't get that stop and force the punt.
making that stop on 3 and 1. Who knows if they got that 1st down we may not have tied it up to force ot, plus it hyped us up and demoralized them, only way I coulda been better would have Been Ray putting lashore(sp) down like Atwater on Okoye
please correct this to proper time frame and score of the game lol should read "we may not have preseved the tie too force ot"
When I found out RR took Denard's health into account and decided to not let him play. Classy
This was SO significant. I've always agreed with the decision to hire him but was originally skewd by his "shady character." I quickly learned that he was misrepresented in the MSM (I know shocker huh) and that he is a great coach that cares about his players. Some say no family values at Michigan anymore - I say whatever.
Stonum's TD catch after Tate's scramble. It was so badly needed and the desperation and innovation of the play reminded me of ND last year. Honorable mentions to Hemingway's amazing catch off the tip, the defensive stops late in regulation and overtime, and the first play of the game. That play-action might be my favorite play in the book.
Yeah I almost said the first touchdown also. That play set the tempo for the game, IME.
anyone else recognize the route Hemingway ran for the 2pt conversion? Somewhere Greg Mathews was smiling.
Please ignore double post
The last play where we won the game has to be number one.
Second would be the Hemingway WOOP! play.
Third was Floyd Simmons laying that guy out.
There were several times towards the end of the game that I was thinking (hoping) how awesome it would be for our defense to make a huge play to win the game. Wow, no disappointment here!
Can't go wrong with a 75 yard TD to start the game. After that play I just felt that their defense would have more problems stopping us than I had previously thought.
I wasn't ready for that first play at all! It was outstanding, but I almost didn't know what happened. What a way to start!
Loved the elusive effort of Hemingway to score on the pass from Tate. Improv by both the QB and the receiver including the blocking by Stonum. Could set up as a future hook and lateral play if it was a few more yards away from the sideline.
That play was unbelievable. Good move by Hemingway to keep moving without stepping out of bounds and huge block from (I believe) Roundtree to basically open up the sideline past a pack of defenders. I love Michigan's WRs' blocking!
I think the downfield blocking has been a huge but understated difference in the offensive productivity between last year and this year. Cannot be said enough.
And oh boy would it be fun to bust out that hook and lateral next week!
Man, tough to choose one. Heck, tough to choose less than a dozen. The last play was special. After doggin on Mouton all day long I had just said to my son, "wouldn't it be great if he ended this thing right here?"
Also loved the juggling catch in 2OT!
Also, also loved Shaw's TD untouched.
Also, also, also loved starting the game with a 75 yard bomb. That happened because of Denard's ability to run. Sucked the entire defense to him.
Also, also, also, also, ok really I could go on but I must stop and try to be productive.
the reverse on the kickoff, something we havent seen yet and it worked out pretty well for us
I agree... we haven't really done much "trickery" this year, it was refreshing to see RR say "ahhh screw it, let's spice things up" to liven things. The crushing block was phenomenal, and the blitz (maybe there were two in the game total?) that we called at the end.
...but Barwis wiping a tear from his eye right before hugging Fred Jackson after the game was pretty awesome. It just shows the level of commitment these guys have day in and day out. FWIW, GERG was reportedly in tears after the game as well.
I totally missed that.
I probably watched the failed conversion attempt and ensuing celebration about 10 times in a row last night.
I saw this and this was AWESOME. Barwis is the man.
Did I see Barwis holding a little baby after the game? Is there a Little Barwis running around out there? If so, watch out world!
There were a lot of highlights, but my favorite was Hemingway catching the ricochet in OT. This week started off bad and that play showed we are finally getting some Michigan bounces.
Hemingway's first TD.
I was laying down in bed watching the game (been sick all week). When Denard completed that bullet of a pass while running straight ahead, I sat up and started laughing. When Hemingway danced around the 3 would be tacklers and ran it in for a TD, I couldn't stop laughing for about 10 minutes.
At first I thought is was Tate that threw it. Hard to keep track.
That was my favorite too. I kept yelling for Denard to run the ball because it was wide open for him. Then at the last minute he threw a frozen rope to Junior and for Junior to, first of all, catch that lazer was amazing. Then for him to use some nifty sideline footwork to turn that play into a touchdown was simply awesome.
The Tate pass to Junior pass which bounced around at the goal line would have to rank next - one of the few times all year that fortune has favored this team. Followed by the Vinopal stuff.
Just noticed my double "pass" gaffe in my post above. Multi-tasking while at work can do that. Anyhow, that pass play was awesome. Go Blue!
moment was after we made the final stop on defense because I hugged so many people I didn't know. It was the craziest moment I have ever been a part of.
on the defender. Everyone I was watching with thought it would be reviewed, and my 6 year old nephew kept saying it was a TD.
2 pt. conversion. A very stressful moment from the couch.
Vinopal's stop of the RB at the line on 3rd and 1. Huge play.
Zook making his trademark bad decision and punting 4th and very short. He potentially lost the game on that call.
4th down, on your side of the 50, tie game with around 1 minute left? You HAVE to punt there.
You're saying that in a tie game, you'd rather have Michigan's offense than Michigan's defense on the field?
Conventional wisdom takes a backseat to knowing your opponent, IMO.
Forcier hadn't done much in the game and is turnover prone, we were also going to have a long field. You CANNOT risk giving us 20 yards to go for a FG with under a minute left.
With our FG kicking? I don't think they needed a full yard. Their read option was killing us, thats what Zook should have ran on 4th down. Let Illinois take the chance of us getting 25 more yards and then makeing a 40 yd FG in less than a minute.
We stuffed them on 3rd and 1 a couple of times. It wasn't a sure thing. Given that Forcier was playing QB (and that we hadn't scored since early in the 3rd quarter), I think it was a sensible decision.
I agree, especially with our receivers and Tate at QB. Tate could easily drive 50 yards for the TD in a minute. Besides, he may not have known the extent of Robinsons injury and could have been afraid Denard could come in for one final series.
i don't remember the exact situation, but i remember Avery also had a clutch solo tackle in the flats to prevent a first down. i will find it later, but i remember at the time thinking "picture page revenge!"
That was just after we'd handed Illinois another really short field (forget how, don't think it was a turnover) and Avery's terrific tackle on Scheelhaase just shy of the sticks turned an easy first down into three-and-out, and on fourth down Illinois missed the FG.
Massive, massive play. Right up there with the Vinopal stop.
A true summoning of grit by Vinopal to shat moxie all over that poor RB who was clearly out of his league in the grit/moxie combo move department. As you know, Ray can often be heard saying, "If all else fails, rub a little moxie on it and grit it out."
Agreed, I clicked on this thread to post this. (Well, that and to enjoy remembering awesome plays from an amazing win.)
There's nothing quite like being surrounded by 110,000 of your closest friends.
My favorite was watching DB hug RR after the game. You could not have given a bigger vote of confidence in a coach and his team (IMO).
Vinopal filling the hole and stuffing the running back by himself with less than a minute to play in regulation and forcing a punt. Read, react and form tackle. Hope for the future.
Laughing at people booing RR when he sent the field goal unit out and then laughing back at them with Broekhuizen nailed it.
I agree that you probably have to put the FG unit out there, but if you aren't going to go for it on 4th down, I dont think you call the timeouts there. Left Illinois with way too much time, as seen by them getting a FG also.
Did he? I don't recall. I thought he immediately put the field goal unit out without much hesitation. Regardless, people didn't boo the timeout, they booed the fact he was kicking a field goal.
I meant the TOs on the plays before, I think Zook might have called one when they got the 3rd down stop (or it might have been an incomplete pass dont remember).
Way too hard to pick a favorite, but one that stood out was Vinopal or Kovacs making a big pass break up near the goal line to force a field goal. Felt good to see the secondary come up with a big play on a decently well thrown ball. Maybe I'm misremembering though, the whole thing is just one big blur.
It was at that moment I realized despite everything that happened before, the Mojo was coming over to our side for the win.
Jetting from a meeting in a tv-less office mid-sentence, jogging through a country club (of which i'm not a member) to their bar, to witness the Hemingway juggle-catch in 2OT and ensuing 3OT glory live on a day I was originally dedicating 100% to wedding planning.
All out blitz on last play of the game. I died and was reborn like 20 times during that game.
to stop bitching about every play because I couldn't listen to it. After a brief moment of heated words they said they would tone it down and were very quiet the remainder of the game.
I loved seeing the players running onto the field so happy. I was doing the same thing in my living room.
That block was definitely the highlight of the day when it happened. And it was definitely the moment that stayed with me on the drive back home to detroit. After watching the game after I go home I have to say that Hemingway's touchdown where he danced down the sideline after making the Illinois entire defense miss him was quite impressive, as well as his touchdown in the 2nd OT off of the tip from the defender.
However my favorite moment of the day has to be knowing that that game was my 11 year old nephew's first live football game, and hearing say as we were leaving "I know what college I want to go to."
a football and a backyard PVC goalpost set for christmas.
Favorite part was when Zook elected to punt on 4th and 1 on their 42 yard line with 5:54 left in the game, Illinois leading by 7.
Using the same RB wheel route that torched us twice as the first play in the 3rd OT. Magee dailing up a "taste of their own medicine".
Favorite in game moment, there are so many, but it would have to be the 2-pt conversion in 3OT... at that point I was screaming that we had it!
Thanks to the Detroit News for some awesome pics.
Yeah I kind of felt bad for the assistant (maybe? not really sure who the guy is) that got ran over by RR or one of the players. But that celebration tells the whole story right there. I felt a ton of weight lift off my shoulders then, I can't imagine the weight lifted off the players and coaches.
The 1st play of the game and the last play of the game.
accurately throwing the ball for the two point conversion. As my wife said, " Tate Forcier had his those who stay will be champions moment".
Watching the players go bonkers with the students after the last play and somewhere in the process realizing that, yes, I was breathing again.
Seeing three Michigan defenders charging across the line and knowing that was the end of the game--- man, incredible feeling.
The Vinopal stop on 3rd down was pretty awesome. Also the pin ball Junior Hemingway TD.
That was the best part of the game. I was bizarrely conflicted. Happy the won. Shocked at how. Couldn't remember seeing 65 points on the vistors side of the scoreboard, ever (been going to games since 1978). Overall just stunned. Finish business next week and get an upset in one of the following two....then I might know how to feel.
Watching the last five minutes of the 4th quarter and all of the overtime from the field.
A crucial 1st on 3rd or 4th down and our QBs had it with any easy run or dump off and them me screaming for them to just run it for the first. Then my heart stopping as they threw it downfield with the ball in the air followed by immense joy once it was caught for a huge play.
so for me it was the 1st play from scrimmage.
The blitz at the end was my favorite part by far. Second place would have to be the result of that blitz
The end. When there was no time left and UM was up by 2.
Just win baby.
two rows in front of me smile and high-five each other after grousing about how we were going to get drilled. To be able to turn them into believers that fast was pretty cool
A close second for me was the all-out blitz on the last play. I wish we'd see that more often.
This play has been used several times and it almost always goes for a TD... i love it, because it is simple and works very well. It worked here particularly because Michigan almost always runs the ball to start the game off.
Hemingway catching the 2 point conversion.
Junior had himself a day, boyyyy.
was my entire weekend. It was my first time to the big house in the 25 years since I was born. My dad always raised me to be a Michigan fan and I am probably a bigger fan now than he ever was.
My wife planned this surprise for me for months, I literally thought I would be waking up Thursday morning for another woeful 5 days straight of work work work, only to find out that what I would be woken up to was my wife slapping me in my face with tickets to the game on Saturday and a pair of roundtrip tickets to Detroit from Orlando.
We fit as much as we could possibly fit into 4 days in Ann Arbor. Zingerman's (Best $60 I have ever spent on deli sandwiches, lol), Blimpy's, Big Ten Burrito, The Brown Jug, Good Time Charlies...just to name a few. We did the campus tour, gazed into Schembechler Hall for a solid hour just staring at the bowl trophies. Went to the MDen store off State Street, and I thought I had reached heaven. I spent more money in those stores than I can even remember and to me, it was worth every penny.
Thank God my wife doesn't read these boards so I can say without any hesitation that Game Day on Saturday was the BEST day of my life. Tailgating, with the most inviting people you'd ever met on the golf colf course/Pioneer HS. Watching the Illinois team walk into the stadium with a crowd of people shouting "Not Today Boys, NOT TODAY" only to be followed by the march of the Michigan Men into the their battlefield.
Stadium opened 2 hours before kickoff, so as soon as those gates opened sure as ever I walked in and started walking through every inch of that stadium that I had seen on the TV so many times before but never in person. In 1997 when Michigan won the Rose Bowl and became National Champions, that was the day before my Uncle Dan passed away from Brain Cancer. My dad drove me from Flint to Ann Arbor and we just sad outside the stadium knowing that Michigan had won that game for him. To stand inside that Stadium finally, that was hollowed ground for me.
I stood under the banner that acknowledges that victory in 97' for some time and just thought for a while about how great it was to finally experience the same traditions that my Uncle had loved for so long.
The game that was played that day couldn't have been scripted any better for me. To see a Michigan program that has been on the rocks for sometime and still see over 110,000 screaming fans cheering them on. To see a defense that is struggling right now have an offense that just straps them on their backs and says "It is OK we are gonna get through this together". To find out that Denard was pulled because of dizziness and our coach didn't send him back in the game disregarding his health and safety. To see that same defense pull it out in the end for the victory and then storm the center of the field, and then walk it right on back to the student section to celebrate together. That is everything I love about Michigan football and it couldn't have been displayed any better on Saturday.
I am not so concerned with a football program that is going thru some growing pains and in a very steep (I am not oblivious) learning curve. I am, however, happy with the brand of character, teamwork, and football that I saw on Saturday. It sure meant a lot to me and I think it bodes well for the future of our program.
So, in essence, favorite moment = everything
Opportunities for improvement = To the "Michigan" fans (very few out of many) who sat in the crowd and badmouthed the players that they disapprove of, stay at home next time I come up, because on Saturday, anyone who puts on that Jersey deserves our recognition
We need more fans like you to attend games in person. I'm glad you got to take in the whole Ann Arbor experience!
I'm willing to bet you screamed your lungs out! You're wife sounds like a great lady too!
Thanks for being an awesome fan!
my wife is definately a smooth operator. Problem is her birthday is is two weeks away and I am scrambling to figure out how I can match what she did for me, lol
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got a few chills reading this.
Denard's long ball touch pass to Roundtree,
Jrs. side steppin' TD,
D stop to end game!
my favorite moment was right after the first TD.
i looked at the game clock (14:46), got out a calculator and figured out that at that torrid scoring pace, michigan was on pace for an 1,800 point game!
Standing outside the fitting room at a clothing store while my wife tried on dresses and shirts, feverishly trying to get a signal on my cell phone for a score update, seeing Illinois score and going for two, then refreshing again and seeing "67-65: Final" and unabashedly fist-pumping. Then waiting 15 more minutes to tell her, at which point she said "that's great. Um, I'm going to just get the sweater and this shirt."
so many great plays in a game that will be remembered, for Michigan winning a thrilling 3-ot game to become bowl-eligible since 2007. Roundtree on a 75 yarder was amazing. Great play-calling. C Avery with a huge tackle on Scheelhasse. Hemingway with the "whoop whoop" moves on the illini defenders. What about the half time show with the band "wizard of oz" watching the ohio bobcat tackle brutus! (I could watch it over and over again) How about gritty Ray Vinopal on a huge 3rd and 1 tackle. Way to hit the hole kid! Forcier bringing the team back with the Stonum catch. Oh the magnificent reverse we all witnessed, and seeing that block laid out! For me it was Jonas Mouton leaping over the illini guy trying to cut block him, and watching the whole defense coming after Nathan Scheelhasse. Seeing all the fans go crazy, and RR smiling. The Team singing the Victors was pricless.
first snap of the game, because that's exactly how that play is supposed to work. And we've seen it a bunch of times this year. it's no fluke.
This play was early in the game, but when I saw it, I texted my dad and said "Michigan is deperate, we are going to win!"
It was on one of the earlier drives, and Denard handed the ball off to Vincent Smith, and as Smith ran to the left, Denard burst forward and laid out to block the Defensive end (or linebacker, I can't remember exactly) who was scraping down. We only got like four yards on the play, but I knew we were going to win the game then.
I then left to play a game of tackle football with my friends, and came back in time for the very last play.... (I know, priorities, but beating second VD was very important to keep 1st VD pride).
But that play was by far my favorite (though Junior's dancing touchdown was awesome), simply because it embodied the desperation that Michigan had.
Does anyone else think that had he stayed healthy, purely from a physical skill set, that Hemingway would have had a legitimate shot at the #1 jersey? Just keep it going JR!
Yeah, but the #21 jersey ain't bad, either.
The defense forcing 6 punts and 1 takeaway. Maybe a sign of better times ahead, let's hope they don't have to start at midfield all the time.
...what with all the offensive execution and the impressive defensive stops. I would say the first play brought the first smile to my face. The second came on the surprise reverse on the return, (huge grin) At last I would say the bull rush on the last play to seal the vicory.
Holy Crap. I haven't felt that elated since Henne to Manningham vs PSU 2005.
My Dad and I were literally jumping for joy like two happy school girls.
The final score!
... 190 pound vinopal stuffing 240 pound leshoure on 3rd and 1
With a smile on my face!
The WIN!!! Going bowling!
The first play on offense and the last play on defense were both great. Hemingway's dodging of the 3 defenders on his way to a TD also aweome.
But Kenny Demens had a play where he came off his block, flowed down the line, and made a very impressive open-field tackle. Broke the play up singlehandedly and will prob be a +2-3 in the UFR; real glad he'll be around a few years.
Courtney Avery's open field tackle.
Hemingway miraculously catching that tipped ball during the second OT, Tate being Tate in general...but my all-time favorite part of the game was the feeling right after we won, and hugging this random guy standing next to me until the row behind us fell forward and we all just collapsed into a big pile of ridiculously happy, screaming Michigan fans. Priceless.
The instant emotion from the Michigan bench when Scheelhaase went down. It was a mix of extreme rage of hapiness and justification of shit finally panning out with all the work put in and negativity surrounding the program.
Michigan- 56 200 passing yds/ 100 yd rushing game for Denard. T-Force comes in early to do impeccable
Purdue- 17! Defense finds "swagger" and "grit" and almost repeats UConn performance.
I liked the post-game player presser a lot: "I'm hungry!"
The very first play from scrimmage pleased me immensely.
The very last play happily reminded me of all the big games we've won over the years when the "D" made a great play - nostalgia is almost always fun, isnt it?
Caught the tipped pass. I simultaneously shit my pants, died, was resurrected, fell in love, and then was intoxicated.
I think I hurt myself yelling! I was so happy for the defense.
possibly the fact that the bed intruder song was played in the big house, and not only that it was played but you could also hear it loud and clear on the ESPN broadcast.