THANKS FOR LETTING ME FILL IN AS PBP, LET'S LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW LET IT SNOW.
Al Borges game ball plz.
We lost the battle on both lines, but still were sitting in a comfortable position for most of the game until The Incident.
Well for the umpteenth year in a row, we beat Notre Dame almost entirely because a QB had a lights out game. Chad then Tate then Denard then Denard then Denard then Devin.
It is bizarre that we were thoroughly pwned in the trenches and still scored 41 points and won
What was with that DL rotation? Why didn't Gordon play much at all?
I really don't care. We won.
I'm assuming Cam Gordon? Didn't even notice his absence because we played so conservative on D. Also Beyer got our loan sack at the most opportune time so I'm fine with him being in there.
ALL HAIL PRO-STYLE BORGES
Kate upton pleaseeeeee
If I were the defense I would not be looking forward to the next practice...
For all the shit we give Tommy Rees, you gotta hand it to him.... the guy did a great job making the right checks and putting the ball where it needed to be all night. Our defense was in bend don't break mode all game aside from a few key calls to bring pressure. It ended up being the right call as or offense was able to pull away.
I thought he had an outstanding game.
Rees had a hell of.a game and read and reacted to our D pretty well. Seems we still need to add some talent to the depth at D-line though.
It shouldn't be that surprising. The guy has started and played in a ton of games and won most of them.
3rd best QB performance for um vs nd in the last 4 years. Hahahaha
What the hell is up with the defense?
Really curious about the scheme in the secondary. SOOO much cushion. Hard to say if it's because we just don't have the speed in the secondary to hang or because Mattison schemed it that way because of what he saw in ND's offense.
I think we're still protecting our safeties. There was still some rotation back there so I don't think the coaches have options they really love. We did adjust with more press coverage from the CBs but then we were dropping LBs back and getting burned by their TE underneath. I'm kinda surprised we stuck to the 4 man rush since they weren't getting there, especially on the quick hitters.
'Cause we haven't had an interception on a pass greater than 20 yards in a long time. So this means Tommy Rees should've been going deep all night; obviously, Mattison watches what Holtz says on Game Day to make last minute adjustments to his game plan...
I think because we're so young were back to the"bend but don't break" scheme till the coaches get a little note faith in our boys.
I didn't see him on the field all night.
Played a lot, but he lined up with a hand down for most of his snaps. Q didn't play much and our run defense suffered as a result.
Cam Gordon laid a couple of big licks tonight, but they were at the end of plays, rather than at the LOS or in the backfield. He was dropping rather than charging. Mattison really showed a LOT of respect for Rees arm tonight, to the point that it opened things up big time for the ND Rush game.
The D gave up 23 points against a senior-led offense . . . and without Jake Ryan. Let's keep that in mind. It bent but did not break. Did ND have a play of 30+ yards?
This. It was all "keep in front and inside" defense, requiring Rees to repeat his success many times in order to gain points. A little worrisome at times, but proven to have succeeded. Glad Mattison began dialing up blitzes a bit in the second half.
From An ND Blog:
"Stat of the game:
Louis Nix III recorded just four tackles and two of them (including the one for a loss) came when the game was already out of hand. Not once did Notre Dame’s stud defensive lineman -- who was going up against three interior offensive linemen from Michigan who all saw their first starts just a week ago -- get to Gardner."
Gardner shined in spite of the pressure, either making quick decisive throws or using his athleticism to get outside and keep the play alive.
Most QBs would have wilted under that pressure, but Gardner has the tools/smarts to deal with it. He's special.
Yeah, what snarling wolverine said. I'm a little surprised to see so many complaints about the defense.
We held ND to under 100 yards rushing, and in the air, the strategy was obviously to make Tommy Rees beat them over time via consistently accurate throws and good choices. The strategy was proven right as Tommy couldn't do that. His first interception was the turning point in the game. His first touchdown was a deflected pass that took a very lucky (for the Fig Things) bounce on third down; you can make an argument that our defense was unlucky to cede more than a field goal there. His second interception was not deflected because of luck; it was deflected because of skill. Morgan was all over that and Rees made a bad choice on 1st down to try to force a pass there. It was luck that Countess intercepted it, but the tip itself wasn't luck.
So the D gave up 23 points, and if it weren't for a lucky deflection bounce in the endzone, it would have been 19. That's pretty good.
I'm on record, the Nd dl is probably the best we will face this year...maybe the next few...and we more than held our own with young OL. The future is bright and the expectations this year went way up.
Borges gets a slow clap.
but i felt like the line was super porous (man, ND is scary up front), but Borges and especially Gardner overcame it
They got a lot of pressure but they have 2 top 20 nfl picks one on the interior and one at end (with day rotating who i think will be in nfl). When we needed to push, we finished.
Fitz averaged 4.7 YPC against what is basically an NFL defensive line that was selling out to stop the run for good chunks of the game. We will be able to run the ball just fine this season against all but maybe two other teams (MSU and OSU).
Edit: 4.7 YPC until those terrible horse collars at the end, which brought him down below 4.
ND definitely horsecollared/facemasked him multiple times. I could not believe it was never flagged.
I agree with what you are saying, but before we attack the officials, lets not forget the GIFT pass interference call late in the 4th. That was just a great play by the ND Cb and we benefitted from that hard
thank you for makeup calls for not calling the two facemasks and horsecowler
IMO both PI calls were obvious as hell. You CANNOT shove a WR while the ball is in the air (Gallon) or hold the TE (Funchess) thru the ENTIRE play. I would have been PISSED if either wasn't called. Learn the rules please.
He finished at 3.2 ypc, not a great day for him but also not his fault on many runs
well played by Borges. We could not run with Fitz till the very end. still put up 40 and win it.
the inner line got burnt all night and the DL got almost no pressure, so we have stuff to work on.
Borges != Debord. That was my biggest concern with the Hoke hire when it happened.
so good to have you back, Blake Countess
Would have won us the bowl against S. Car last year. Then the Clowney hit would have been anticlimatic and ESPN would have moved on to something else to hype.
If you think about it the D only surrendered 23 points, which - while not amazeballs - is probably acceptable against a top 20 opponent. I woulda liked to see less of the Tommy Rees air raid, but the D got stops when they absolutely had to. And this was with playing a lot of first and second year guys against an O-line laden with seniors. We'll be fine and we'll be downright lethal come the end of season, which is when we'll need the young guys to really step up.
Also - was I missing something or was there not a lot of Avery in the game? He might be still dinged up
Looking forward to when giving up that many is unnacceptable no matter who it's against. They obviously have some work to do but that's the end of my Debbie Downerness. Just jacked that they sent purple face away without the win.
Post Michigan night game run down on ESPN reads Clowney, Clowney, Manziel, Manziel, Manziel... thanks guys.
To be fair, they basically spent the first fifteen minutes of the show on UofM.
I've never seen a 'highlight' where the quarterback completes a twenty yard pass and the focus is a Dlineman who grabbed his arm?
Defensive strategy was a bit strange, but the offense absolutely crushed against probably the best DL we'll face all season. Not at all unhappy with what we saw here today. Gardner to Gallon = victory.
absolutely crush = alabama vs. nd ncg. we're still a couple years away from manbaw domination
You don't have to manball someone to crush them. We still put up 41 points on the either best or second best defense we'll play all year
Hell yes! Hail yes! Beat the chickens! Fuck Notre Dame. I love Michigan. Go Blue baby!!!!
We are a legitimate top ten team and won't truly be tested until Ohio state. My expectations have been ratcheted up massively