I think the most exciting part about this win is the fact that finally, we played badly and still managed to win. RR said that this team will win when they deserve to win. Fumbles, holding penalties, late hit penalties, blown coverages, missed tackles, not converting third downs, pathetic returns on special teams and missed field goals to name a few. Yet in spite of all of that, this team still won. That's pretty special. Our boys played a far from perfect game and still won. I think this above all else signifies that we are on the right track. Let's hope when we play good teams we don't have near this many mistakes, but for now it's exciting to know that we can make mistakes and still beat a decent team. Go Blue!
Playing bad and winning
But after not being able to buy breaks the last 2 seasons, karma still owes us freaking huge!
Not sure if we win if he would have stayed in. Glad the guy was not hurt. If he had a head injury, should he have even gone back in? Another break was the recovery of our own fumble.
No turnovers, though. That's the biggest one.
no fumbles lost, no interceptions and only 1 FUMBLE (not lost) - not fumbles. Had a soso game but it was a great win and it feels good dang it.
No turnovers, and we collected 3 turnovers. None of them were great plays, but at least our guys were in position to take advantage of Irish mistakes. The secondary had some horrific breakdowns, but hopefully those will be less common as they gain experience. The defensive performance wasn't quite as bad as the 534 yards allowed suggest, as ND had 17 possessions.
The offense still blows hot and cold, but at least it doesn't spectacularly self-destruct with turnovers the way it used to. The worst thing D Robinson generally does is throw hopeless dumpoffs on 3rd and long. They just need to work on not stopping themselves with dumb penalties.
Hopefully either Broekhuizen will step up or Gibbons will turn it around so we don't keep leaving points on the table.
We were lucky to escape with a win, but ND is a tough place to play even when Crist plays barely half the game. They will probably win 8 or so games this year.
Must be someone that expected a 49-0 win. The 3rd quarter was poor, but the rest of the game was Pure Michigan.
There were errors at critical times throughout the game, especially penalties. Holding calls and personal fouls drive the coaches nuts. When a personal foul occurs after a significant play for yardage, it's about the worst thing that can happen other than a score. I cannot agree more with the OP on this. When you can play below your abilities that much and yet still win, it says you are on track.
If it weren't for penalties and the kicking game (FG's and poor field position) this game wouldn't have been close.
Gave up 220 yards on 4 plays, directly leading to 14 points and indirectly to another 3. I would feel much better about our secondary if they would keep the ball from going over their head on 3rd and long. Agree completely about not playing well and winning!!!! Feels Great to be a MICHIGAN WOLVERINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Certainly there were plenty of mistakes, but there were also a lot of good and great plays (Denard's last pass, the reception, the 3 pics, pressure from Death Roh, etc.). But I get your point, we didn't play our best or play a great game and we still won. This team could really be good when they get a little more experience.
We can play a lot better. I agree with the thread starter. This was about toughness, competing and making plays when it counted.
Yeah giving up 500 yards on defense and miscues are not good for the team.
But hey, we got the W. No harm in that!
Health is a critical factor for this team.
Thanks to Denard and the last drive I won't have nightmares of Gordon looking totally inept on that TD throw from #10 to #9.
For a second I thought he looked like a punt return waving for a fair catch and eaiting for th eball to come straight down to him.
Over 500 yards of offense is not playing well, heh?
Eat it, kids. Notre Dame was a tough team.
They also gave up 535 yards of offense, were gifted two picks by the backup QB, and had 99 yards in penalties. Robinson was amazing, and the defense kept everything in front of them (except one obvious exception).
If Crist was in the whole game, Michigan probably loses. That said, this might be the best win of RR's tenure. They gutted out a win on the road on a crappy field. Good on them, time to gear up for the Big 10 season.
"If Crist was in the whole game, Michigan probably loses."
I wouldn't be so sure of that.
Montana had similar stats for the time he was in (minus the TD's) ...
Montana-8/17 for an average of 6.1 and an INT (Rees threw the first INT). He rushed 4 times for 23 yards.
Crist-13/25 for an average of 11.1 (skewed some by the one looong TD pass) and an INT. He ran 4 times for 19 yards.
Crist was also sacked once and threw his share of bad passes. Both had one fly out of the back of the endzone costing a score. IIRC Crist's INT was actually the most "gift-like"... Wasn't Montana's on the tipped pass? Crist also seemed to benefit alot more from our penalties.
Montana actually played pretty well for the quarter-1/2 or so he was in (despite not getting on the board). He helped put together an 80 yard drive in the second quarter and probably would have scored if there had been more time.
This is exactly what I thought on the way home today. Hopefully we can cut down on the personal fouls, but it is awesome we pulled that win off.
I think that it is very important that this team found a way to win. I would like to see some of the running backs contribute more. However, really can't be too upset. The fact that this win was on the road is also important. The rest of the season will certainly be interesting. GO BLUE!!!
...is giving the other team credit when they play well. ND has a lot of team speed. AAMOF, I would go so far as to say that they have as much team speed as Michigan does. Except, of course, for one player. You know, that guy who would probably be playing at Florida if Urban Meyer hadn't pretty much told him he wasn't good enough to play QB there by only recruiting him for the other side of the ball.
I wonder what Urban thinks of him as a QB now?
You win as a team and you lose as a team but this was the closest thing i've ever seen to a one man show.
I would prefer to call it winning ughly, but i won't complain. D.Rob was amaizing out there.
We went 3-16 on third downs, a far cry from last week . . . and still gained 532 yards of offense. That is just amazing.