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Michigan - Iowa Open Thread
I don't think Lee Corso will never not pick Oregon if given the opportunity because he loves wearing that duck head way too much
Did you hear him call that five year old a midget?
Just a few more negatives would make that first sentence much easier to read.!!!!
Yeah probably should've said "ever not pick Oregon". Don't you not know what I'm not never talking about?
For you 5,000 student section season ticket holders still reading mgoblog. GO TO THE GAME, YOUR SEATS APPEAR TO BE VACANT AGAIN
Iowa's first offensive play results in a false start.
From the D.
Nice call on 3rd and long
Gallon passes on the fair catch, gains about a yard on the punt return.
Even if this is his only play today, great for him!
EDIT: Moar playz!
Good for Denard!
Denard at RB, gains about three. He's staying in for now!
Oh and for all the people who called out the people suggesting he play a spot other than QB,um it looks like Hoke doesn't agree with you....
Yeah, and they were pretty ass-hattish about it.
YES Denard as running back.
Denard back on the sideline. Devin to Gallon converts 3rd and 3.
Arm is dead
I kinda sorta love this added dimension.
With Devin's arm we only need Denard's feet.
Is this real life?
Ohio's defensive staff is puckering up right now; All the fun of an accurate passer with the threat of Denard running the read-option.
GivesOSU more to gameplay for even if its only for ten snaps. Another weapon to the offense, IMO.
Denard already. That is all.
Not that this matters much or that I think it will make any significant difference, but suppose Denard gained a bunch of yards from the RB position. Would those count toward the all time rushing yards by a QB stats? Or would they take into account that Denard was an RB?
And there's Fitz
on that run. I suspect a big day.
Denard at QB, gives ball on outside zone read.
sweet option play
shit Fitz was looking good too.
Toussaint is down on the sideline after a nice gain.
oh sh*t get up fitz...just be a contusion of the hamstring and not the knee.
He's not getting up from that kind of fracture
If I'm Ohio State I don't like this at all.
No sir, not one bit at all.
Yep, giving Ohio something to think about.
Looks like a serious injury. Sucks.
So Fitz's backup is Denard? Sweet.
Fitz broke his ankle. Dammit
I remember being amazed when I saw it.
Ya but I think they ran it from a different formation.
That could be a broken ankle, a broken leg and ACL...that looked horrible.
It's a fracture; no other reason to put an aircast on the field and not let him put weight on it.
...before the air cast.
It's defintiely shattered. You don't even use those for ACLs.
Why haven't we been running this offense all year? 2 qb's, quick tosses to the edge because we've lost the battle in the middle all year, occasional triple option with such dynamic athletes at qb, easy quick passes...
F-it. We can't catch a break.
/Iowa looks over at us, totally un-sympathetic.
Not good choice of words.
Damn...going out on a stretcher.
He shattered his leg...
He ankle does not look good. Reminded me of the Lattimore play. It looked disgusting
Get well soon Fitz.
Damn hate to see Fitz go like that...
Hoke should be out there with fitz.
Thoughts and prayers for Fitz for a speedy recovery.
Recovery Fitz, we are all pulling for you.
Save us your wrath.
I thought the exact same thing.
I did not realize he was on the Travel Team.
opponents can't even go near iowa without getting hit by the AIRBHG.
Fitz was going to finally have a big day.
That might answer the question of whether or not Fitz comes back next year. Tough to do a combine with a broken leg. Too bad it's not on his own terms.
We don't have to go hurry-up or 2-minute offense. But if you go no huddle you can sub in and out without having to wait for the play in the traditional sense.
We're dominanting the LOS that's why we're moving the ball so easily, but we still don't have much of a flow.
Rawls is a man.
Wow, Rawls just carried the guy into the endzone.
Hello: 2013 Michigan Offense.
Be who you are Rawls!!!!
Is going to take 5 hours at this rate.
Well, give it to Denard.
"Michigan is better off with a healthy Denard Robinson."
Put Denard in at QB...fake the handoff to Rawls up the middle and get him on the edge...going left so the ball is in his left hand.
WHAT!? Get bent replay monkeys.
But I feel bad for any buckeye that stands in his way.. I bet Boren will wish he was on the other side of the ball soon after that game.
Fine. Gardner TD.
ESPN not running multiple replays of Fitz's injury.
Will keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
Am I the only one that gets nervous when Devin and Denard chest-bump each other in the air and it turns into an arm-bump?
Any thought on Denard being on KOR with Northfleet?
And no, not when he can't carry the ball in his strong arm.
Damn regression to the mean.
Zone stretch to the boundary side. Seems legit.
Are we everybody's chief rival?
That is correct.
My thoughts exactly
It seems like it. We are everyone's super bowl.
Maybe. I count at least Ohio, MSU, and Illinois without any snark. PSU as well, perhaps.
EDIT: In addition to the commentator saying Iowa.
And, in snark, I forgot that Indiana is MSU's chief rival.
Illinois' and Penn State's chief rival has to be Ohio State.
Wisconsin was Iowa's chief rival.
Illinois should be everyone's chief rival.
That Ross kid is going to be good.
Damn that is unlucky
Iowa is moving the ball. Per Brian's preview it's time to worry.
Why can't we get a replay to see if that was a fumble or not.
Are you talking about the one to the TE or fb?
NW 3 - MSU 2 late 1st quarter
How was that a first down? That looked short to me.
We've gotten the worst spots this year...most of them have been at home too.
Iowa always seems to play their best against us.
They really do. I never take them lightly even when they have a crappy team like this year.
call a damn TO
Aaaand 4th down conversion for Iowa.
Of course Ferentz went for it.
Did you expect any different? No, be honest.
As usual, Iowa plays like the Steelers when they play us.
Brady that is what TOs are for.
Damn. We all thought Fetentz was going to kick it.
I'm not happy with all the dink and dunks they're completing on us. I really hope Ferentz didn't get in Demens head with that earlier exchange. I havent seen much of him since..
When we get set...our defense is legit - more than legit. Every time Iowa (or any other team in the past like Nebraska) goes to a "quick" snap...something bad happens.
We have zero pass rush.
Who thought for split second thy we're gonna get away with the false start?
I can't believe we are actually letting this offense drive on us.
Why don't we cover their damn TEs?!
Tackle him low, at his feet!!
Fucking pathetic effort on that drive.
Seriously?! What the hell?
god damn that was too easy for iowa
They are pounding us.
If we play anything like that drive Calrlos Hyde is going to destroy us. This Weisman chump should be concussed at this point.
We need to get more pressure on this guy.
The defense on that drive was...well...not very good. To say the least.
In somewhat more positive news, in most non-'Bama games Michigan has had isolated drives looking like that but not repeated drives. I am hoping that past performance is indicative of future results.
So....for those people predicting them crossing the 50 twice for the whole game I hope they suck it the rest of the way. Not looking good.
Greg will adjust this. We need more pressure on the QB.
How do we still have the #1 pass defense after last week's debacle? We just made Vandenberg look like Tom Brady!
I'm excited for Ross, but we're really missing Morgan in the early going. He's been eating a lot of blocks and that was his guy (or at least it was his job to ride him into Gordon's zone) that just caught the TD. He'll be good eventually, but he's not ready.
So is there any reason why Ferentz plays risky against Michigan, but ultra conservative against everyone else?
He hates Brian Cook's criticism of him. Yes, KF reads this blog
Make the proper adjustments. Only Q1.
We may want to cover the Tight Ends and either get pressure or hands up from our front four.
Ross was out of position.
That beast of a TB is what's killing our D
You all remember when we'd put 8-9 guys at the line and it would be a roll of the dice on which 4, 5, or 6 were actually coming?
Howcome we don't do that anymore? NEED MOAR KOVACS BLITZ!
Uh we do that all the time. That's basically our standard 3rd and long defense.
Glad the referees prematurely decided that those two fumbles didn't happen. What ever happened to letting the play continue?
And Norfleet runs straight ahead again, really has some potential and speed, but also seems to lack vision.
There goes the shutout. We got manhandled
Know when Des is back?
Unlike most teams...we take precaution when it comes to concussions.
Wow Denard is something else, huh?
Yeah chew on that Iowa.
How many yards does Denard need for the record?
I'll have another..
Of Denard freezing #5
Looks like we might have to score more than 10 to win. Shouldn't be a problem with the way Denard is running.
End of 1st 7-7
Are tough on both sides of the ball.
Breaking news: Denard is fast
Why didn't Thomas Gordon pop that guy in the end zone? It looked like he laid off the hit?
You just answered your own question, the guy was already in the endzone.
But if he knocks the ball out isn't there a chance of an incomplete pass?
To avoid a late hit penalty.
Keep going Lace! That was a td all day.
That Denard guy is pretty good.
On D making them look good
Just tuned in what w Fitz?
Left leg injury, don't know specifics yet.
People think its broken but no official word
Again Borges calls an option...Denard can barely run the option even when he's healthy. It's never a good pitch and he clearly has no confidence in pitching the ball. He also doesn't read a pitch man, he reads the defense and finds running lanes.
Toss in the fact that in this game he's not 100% and he's carrying the ball in his left hand and running right so unless it's a two handed/underhanded pitch he won't be able to get it off.
But Denard is Denard and he's faster and more elusive than anyone else in the country. So he wins, you lose. Next play.
Shitty call by Borges though.
I checking for updates like every 5 minutes because I won't be home until round halftime. GO BLUE!!
A baseball game is being played in E. Lansing. 5-3 sparty
Score is now MSU 5 - NW 3. What a great matchup and exposition of defensive football.
geeze if your going to hold don't make it THAT obvious
On that play...
To me this is a joke. Just play football!
That was a bit much
Vincent with the block in the back.
Would these yards count toward the QB rushing record for Denard?
Just play football.
Borges and RR thought that play up over margs last night.
I don't have a clue what our offense is doing but I love it
Is getting freaky . . .
I don't know if anyone heard it...but that was trying to catch them offsides
Devin testing double coverage...
That was cool! But two things, 1. the threat of the pass from Denard was mitigated by the injuries, allowing the secondary to immediately attack the ball once it was in his hands (you can see them immediately pursue when he gets it, 2. holding the blocks that long is going to be tough for anyone.
Great, ANOTHER penalty on Vincent Smith, killing this drive. Put Rawls in there, he's been productive all season. Stupid penalty on Smith.
Great, another penalty.
Cute the cute shit out. Just play football and get your QB who was a WR 3 games ago some rhythm. Our offense has NO rhythm right now.
And then Gardner throws a 37 yard TD on a broken play. Love it.
Devin to Tree!!!!!
Heh man nice throw there.
Oh hells yeah!
Loving this kid
DENARD STYLE! THROW IT UP AND ROUNDTREE WILL COME DOWN WITH IT!
FROM THIRD AND SEVENTEEN! AND OUT OF FIELD GOAL RANGE.
Caught a break in coverage! Glad we have a legit QB!
I love a third-and-seventeen touchdown.
They're my favorites.
If only the WRs would have run routes this well and caught this well before...I'll take it, though.
Iowa 2012 = Minnesota 2011. Not sure why Borges chooses the patsies to unleash the shenanigans, but it's fun to watch.
Meyer is watching with much interest...
Can't hold anything back now. End of the year and still in the race.
TREEEE!! Really good to see him making plays as of late. Way to get a TD on Senior Day.
Hey Brian Griese...Smith is our 3rd down back. He would've been in there even if Fitz was healthy. He's struggling today, but he's a blocking machine.
He's a 5'6 170 lbs Chris Floyd Mr. Griese
roundtree is really finishing off his senior year nicely.
Remember that guy who asked what people would think of putting Denard at RB and keeping Devin at QB? Everyone freaked out and yelled at him for being an idiotic fool?
I guess we know Coach Borges' username now...
Now Mattison. Dial it up!
Haha, when was the last time the commentators criticized the safeties for being too shallow 20 yards behind the LOS?
Hopefully the big ten refs learn how to spot the ball for this drive.
Catch, Roundtree passes Amani Toomer and ties Tai Streets for 7th on all time reception list
Our kick coverage has been awful all year...just tell Wile to put it through the uprights every time.
C'mon D. You can't tackle the Fullback high.
Let's keep not covering TE's..that is working well...
Bottom of the 5th inning. Cracking up.
That's why every kick should be like the last two.. Out of the endzone.
Get Greg Robinson out of the booth.
We need to bring Kovacs down in the box - he needs to be a factor in this game.
They heard you.
There ya go. All that D-Line penetration has to pay off sooner or later.
Thank you Joe Bolden--the penetrating DLs/LBs have not gotten Weisman to the ground much.
He threw it behind the TE there..but that guy was open again...
Now I admit I'm not one of the best DC in college football, but covering the TE's would seem beneficial, no?
This TE is open every single time.
Damn, put a Corner on that TE.
I'm going to give you a chance to rethink that.
We need to put someone on him, but a CB isn't the answer.
Apparently you also need to give Brian Greise a chance to rethink that.
Gotta get them off the field D. Stand up!
And he hits the QB late...
A bullshit late call.
Keep sending him GMAT! Good things happen when Kovacs blitzes!
Thanks, I was getting worried.
Big play Jibreel!
Bad call but at least Vandenburg will be thinking about Kovacs killing him every time he drops back.
Like I said 2-3 pages back...we need more of that. More Kovacs blitzes...More of that confusing 8 man line when 3-6 guys actually rush.
of course they're going to "take the points"
Gotta think Mattison is gonna have something for the TE's soon.
14-10 Mich 9:26 2Q
Great blitz from Jordan but these refs think they're in the NFL where the quarterbacks wear skirts. Terrible call.
Let's get another one Devin.
M 24 I 7 Refs 3
We can't get pressure and miss tackles by 1/2 step. Black & Clark need to show their quicks.
Northwestern with a stop 4th and 1 inside the 1
As long as we score TD's everytime we get the ball we have a chance.
Let's get some rhythm --- no Denard this drive, just let Devin move us down the field for 7 points. No more cute stuff until the game is in hand.
Take it easy Yost. They have been scoring, why not keep them and Ohio state guessing.
How many punts we had so far today? Seems to be working just fine.
Didn't denard usual hold in his left hand anyway
He had that staph infection in his right arm in years past if I recall. I could be wrong.
Denard is hurt again. ugh
Denard wincing . . . not good.
Running the option is a waste of a player...he's not going to pitch the ball!
DR converts 3rd and 2, heads to the sideline.
Gallon catch down to the 10!
I love this passing game with Gardner.
Great catch jeremy
Wow. Right in the bread-basket
Well that will help the YPA for Devin...
...is thrown by a guy who was playing WR.
STOP FUCKING SCREWING US ON BAD SPOTS!
Horrible, horrible spot. What is wrong with these zebras?
Can't wait til Rawls gets a nose for the goal line. Come on someone has to get open for him there
Go for it!
Let's settle this with a steel cage match.
How about don't do statistically dumb things for the sake of nonexistent concepts.
No, just take the points!
Never in that situation.
So you get 3 points, and then Iowa goes all the way down and ties the game right before halftime.
If you don't get it, they have to go 99 yards and if they do...maybe you're down 3. Not the end of the world.
...says Denard will throw against Ohio next week.
Touchdown! Great run by Devin! Great blocks on the edge.
Holding on the defense! TD Devin stands, finally.
TD Gardner! That guy is a TD machine.
TDs every series. Yes.
Anyone who said take the points..get down and do push-ups.
21-10 sanity 5 minutes 2Q
Remember when we couldn't score a TD for all of those quarters? Yeah me either. This is awesome!
Iowa, NW, Minny kinda help there.
Borges is SO much more comfortable with the playcalling with DG.
It's going to be interesting watching us next year because teams won't be able to truly scout us with this year's tape. It'll almost be like having a 1st year coach all over again.
Devin Gardner is like a Braxton Miller that can actually throw a deep ball, no?
Ohio U at Columbus on my TV set? Eat mute button.
good call, let's stop them now.....and no gift penalties from refs please
Man, he has really stepped up. Didn't pout, played WR, and now killing it.
To hell with Notre Dame.
More of that on D thanks.
Great read by Bolden.
Our white guys with long hair are pretty good.
That dude from Colerain! Go Cards!
And let's get one more drive together...
Bolden is all over the place right now, just decked Vandenberg. It must be the hair...
TFL. True frosh are playing today!
Off tackling is allowed?
I knew I saw a hold there. Zebras minus 1000 so far
Kovacs cleans up! No first down for you.
Kovacs, I appreciate you!
Kovacs: We meet again Vandenberg.
Flying around - making plays.
Stop rolling goddamn punt
Finally some D! Now lets go get another td.
Maybe Kovac's #11 jersey can become a legends shirt....oh yeah.
Catch the damn ball Gallon
Kovacs! What a football player.
Does anyone know what recruits are attending the game today? Man, great weather, great game, great players, great atmosphere, it really couldn't be any better for the future Wolverines!
FUCK. Just get under it and call fair catch.