"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
This is not last years team!
really you could say the defense gave up 6 points today. I know purdue has a pitful offense but our defense has been just bad. Proud of the way they preformed.
...a defensive touchdown!
It takes time but they are getting better.
HELL YES!!!!!! 7-5 at a minimum! I still hate RR's "confidence" in our FG kicking but a win's a win.
This was my favorite song when I was 8 years old. Don't ask me what's wrong with me.
see those guys with raw blisters on their hands? Those are the players that held the rope as it slipped through their hands. They allowed us to get to this point. Bless 'em, each and every one, especially the freshmen who were forced to stand tall early. The team will reap the benefits.
7-X at a min..I'll take it! Who's going to the bowl no matter where it is?
Christian from Dirty Jerz..
No, but it is last years coaching descisions. Lets get a little more aggressive, and can we please coach a kicker?
If not that, let's just quit kicking the damn ball.
RR definitely needs to re-evaluate how he handles placekickers. Leaving them alone to figure it out themselves doesn't seem to be the answer. OSU has a grad assistant with kicking experience work with theirs; we should probably do likewise.
I was originally thinking the same thing, but Hagerup is doing wonderfully, so this assistant would only be needed for the field goal kickers. However, considering how we have a relatively small number of assistants (due to self-punishment), I don't know if we want to devote one assistant to a single person (Gibbons/Broeckhuisen) -- that assistant may not be able to make it any better. We might just be better off recruiting another kicker and hoping that he is self-coachable.
Not to mention that I think that most of our PK's problems are mental; in that respect, any coach should be able to fix that type of problem as well as a special teams coach would.
Plus based on what RR has said about kickers making them in practice it seems to be a mental issue. Hagerup seemed to struggle early on but was able to work though his with punting.
The weather was awful, probably one reason why there were so many turnovers. Denard's intercepted pass to Tacopants was pretty embarrassing though. But, a win is a win, and time to look on to Wisconsin, who's put up 70+ on Indiana today.
If I could trade losses for wins, I'd trade a loss to Wisconsin for a win @ Ohio State. Too bad I can't.
I'll be "that guy" who makes the obvious statement: I'll take a win in both!
I will take a win!
Nice to see two of the most maligned members of the D (C. Gordon and Rogers) each get two takeaways.
An aggressive play by Avery to jump that route at the end there almost got us another pick, good things to come.
If Avery missed that knock-down (like he did in a game earlier this year), that WR seemed off to the races, though.
that gave it away for you?
Yes, no quit whatsoever.
Platitude. Platitude. Platitude.
I feel better now.
May have had his best day as a Wolverine today. Great game overall for the D.
We have a TEAM. The D stepped up when the O was struggling. Usually the O protects the house. Gotta love it. The O will bounce back next week at home. 7-3 and ALL IN for Richigan.
Obviously you're not a RR fan. Geez man...Did you see my first sentence?
Look, We won the game. We should ALWAYS be happy with a win. Particularly on the road after the last 2 seasons. I'm not saying RR coached a perfect game, but do you blame the int's and fumbles on him? I thought the playcalling was decent (except for not going on the 4th and 2 inches). Purdue's D-Line was getting lots of pressure...BUT we found a way to win. The Team stayed together. Credit the coach a little for that at least.
Michigan, OSU, or Oregon....a win is a win and we need to be happy when we get them.
And big wins were to get excited over. So yeah, it's nice...but let's not go crazy.
And I wouldn't blame coaching if the turnovers were just today...but 10 in 2 weeks and lord knows how many in the last month and a half, yeah, we're not coaching ball security or smart decision making well enough.
The defense did a really good job, even though it was against a horrid offensive team. But this wasn't the game to be screaming contract extensions from the top of. Got the win, we'll take it, do better next week. We'll have to.
Looks like the D came in strong today after a better, exciting showing last week against Illinois. Hope they do the same next week against Wiscy. Judging by the score of the IN / WI game it looks like they have their work cut out for them.
at home (4-2) and on the road (3-1), with one game remaining for each!
But let's see how we do against these last two games.
We made a ton of mistakes today and won the game.
........this guarantees a winning season.........glad to see the team giving up on themselves after so many turnovers, especially the defense for playing tough all day......didn't give up a touchdown and only giving up 259 total yards.....pretty good day for the defense.
At least in the defense, when they looked so lost against Penn State. (And Penn State's walk-on QB just threw his second TD against OSU! So maybe they're no slouches either.) But the defense didn't look lost, or even slightly vague. Sure, there were misses, but they looked focused, seemed to be in the right places, and even managed some definitive tackles in those right places! And yes, the maligned guys were making highlight plays, and yes, I noticed Ezeh showing up where I wouldn't have expected him. And that can't all be blamed on a weak Purdue offense. Especially when it's the second week in a row that showed distinct improvement.
Encouraging. Not only for the future of our young players, but possible defensive recruits who are looking not just for playing time but for a place that can make them better than when they get here.
This is this year's team.
Time to make Denard and Stephen walk around the campus with the football?