I'm in the liveblog, so this goes up with 2:33 to go in the 2nd quarter.
EDIT: I shall pass the bowl thread creation baton after tonight, but hopefully the rest of the BCS bowls are as entertaining as ours is turning out to be.
That was my initial reaction to Glanda catching that pass.
The second reaction was jumping off my chair.
Who the heck is Glanda? Has he even caught a pass this whole season?
He's an OL on the kicking team... so I'm guessing no on that question.
I think he is the long snapper, so you are almost certainly right.
correction, he's the long snapper. and it's a definite no
He was in the Halloween video. People asked about him then.
it is better to be lucky than good. I must agree.
I didn't really mean for you to create all of the threads (prematurally still IMO).
The Orange bowl starts in less than 23 hours. You better make that open thread.
And hell.... might as well get a jump on the BCS Championship.
I do not recognize a BCS National Championship for the 2002, 2004, or 2011 NCAA college football seasons.
I am not touching "The Rematch" on the 9th. Still want to kick the bowl selection folks for this.
keep exmtroj out of this thread lol
I would read that! Nothing like a good conversation with yourself.
We have no right to be winning, with that you take it anyway you can get it.
This half is ours ... Go blue !!!
Even Des is sating to pass it all over our D.
have been horrendous.
I still don't know how we're winning.
Fine by me though.
Glanda for Heisman!
time to start playi calling a little bit more aggressively. How many times are we gonna run against an 8 man front when their safeties are 5 yards off the los.
ok with running it. you are right... they are playing tight. fuck all the fakes, let Fitz run up the middle.
It'll be the last thing they expect -- an I-formation iso up the middle into a 10-man box!
/ It'll be different this time
Logan Thomas is 8/11 for 117 yards. Yo, Mattison, I know you like stopping the run and aren't much of a stats guy and all, but if this game was a boat, that thar's your leak.
Hagerup is averaging 25 yards per punt. Might as well throw Hail Marys on 4th down; Denard's passes go farther.
Borges -- VT spotted you some breaks. Stop being cute, stop overthinking and go with what works. And assess Molk's injury.
Disagree about the pass game. We losened up the run defense a little in te first half and Wilson ripped off a few nice runs.
That might have been our worst half of football all season. I like our chances.
Ive been dranking, but I still havent been able to comprehend the Hemingway TD or the fake Field goal. What is going on.
I think Denard realized it was 3rd down and said screw it launched it downfield. Hell with it its a first down or arm punt.
we got the ball first, in the 2nd half.
That sir would be considered an unfair advantage since we got the ball to start the game. Sorry that is the Jim beam talking.
Let's hope the d can put together a full half. I am amazed with how poorly the d played that we only gave up 6 points.
To give them credit, they have played well in the red zone!
Doesn't excuse the d on 3rd downs
Well, the D made a lot of good individual plays - really, they had more good plays than bad. It's just that the bad plays always happened on 3rd and long. Not in the redzone, though.
You never realize how much a center means to your team until you lose him. We love you David Molk! Go blue!
The coaches have made great second half adjustments all season. No reason to think it won't happen here. This first VT possession after the half is key. Get a stop and this game does a 180 if it hasn't done so already.
and don't. But I think I was. That end of the first half was mind numbing.
The first half was an embarrassing display of football. We need to play a lot better in the second half to win.
The first half was an embarrassing display of football. We need to play a lot better in the second half to win.
I heard you the first time. Geeesh
why is borges running all this new crap? what happened to the basic read run offense with fitz and drob.
That's Borges' bad habit. He goes away from what works, thinking it's the last thing the opponent expects. Except even if they're flat-footed, an offense is kind of easy to stop if all the talent is used as just decoys.
Anyway, UM's a running offense so VT loaded up on that; I can understand that part. But here's where a (play that shall not be named) would do wonders to loosed up VT's run D, and it'd certainly be "cute" in that they haven't run it all year. . .
I really don't think he's called a bad game. There have been plays that would have worked if executed (like that seam to Hemingway that probably would've been a TD, or the throwback screen to Smith) but we whiffed a block, or threw a bad pass, or snapped it poorly. We've just got to settle down.
Yea, that pass to Hemingway on third down on their third possession was tipped but would have gone for a huge gain.
What I mean by "cute" is that Borges sees Xs and Os first, talent second, and humans. . . not so much.
On paper, his plays work. But with an injured center, a rattled QB and the emotional strain of some early mistakes, he's calling plays that are mentally very tough for seasoned veterans to execute, let alone underclassmen playing in a bowl game. If Denard's rattled, you think the rest of the team can consistently execute 11-man football against an aggressively blitzing, talented VT D?
I was screaming for a timeout because as long as Michigan was off its game and Borges was going to keep calling touch plays ANYWAY, he really needed to take a moment to calm them down (and give the D a breather). This team is good enough to play against VT. But not when they're rattled. That half could've been a LOT worse.
And it turns out we ended the half with a timeout to spare. Yeesh.
that is new to this game. VT crashes the DE and the safety on the zone read so we are running up the middle.
The other part of the scouting report for VT was that they bring safeties, linebackers, everyone up and like to bring them on blitzes. Where Borges has failed is he has no hot reads/audibles for Denard when it comes. Everytime, receivers are running 15 yds downfield, so Denard has no where to go.
i went nostalgic when you typed "Fitz"
The way I see it, after the past few years this team was a kid on christmas morning the first half. Look for M to settle in and take control in the second half.
Need the ball, and need to control game more. Possession was crazy in that half, especially first quarter
It was pretty ugly, but Michigan is winning, and wasn't outplayed as badly as it appears. Michigan has only been outgained 185 to 145.
Seems VT's prone to making big mistakes at inopportune times.
Today's Michigan D is horrible at third and long, but VT keeps shooting itself in the foot as well. At arguably worse times, at that. If we're gnashing our teeth over a 13-yard pass on 3rd and 13, imagine what VT fans felt like when VT got the roughing the kicker penalty. That led to a TD!
It's kind of aggravating; there's too much talent on the field for this to be a "who wants to lose more" competition.
I'd love to have a win no matter how we get it. But if we are looking for national respect, we won't get it if we win the game and play the second half like we did the first. The pundits will just say we did not belong in a game of that caliber.
Even though we are winning, I want a much better showing next half.
More points in the first half; tonight or for LSU and Alabama?
Ha, yes it was pretty obvious the timing was off and Dileo adlibbed.
I called ESPN and told them, but I got Dana Jacobson and she was smashed going on and on about touchdown jesus and profanities and then I got transferred to Craig James, but he got busy and had to kill a hooker or something and then they transferred me to Spielman and I hung up on that bastard before he said a word.
Let's go and win this bitch.
He didn't get his ass chewed, they yelled at him to get off his block. That is just coaching, not ass chewing.
Hopefully that won't come back to hurt UM.
I'm sure burning a t.o. a minute into the second half will be awesome at the end if the game...
NOW they call an early TO. . .
Evil Denard sighting.
jiminy cricket! come on Denard!
Al Borges can't pre-snap read every play. Need to make better decisions.
not how you want to start on O, review it
If that's a catch then Hemmingway's catch should have been one
but that was crap
Not a good read there. The DB was clearly in his line of sight and had position. Wasn't a pick though.
Can we finally catch a break on instant replay?
I would like more information about all the great programming options ESPN has to offer. Please show more promotional material to me during the breaks.
Bud Foster watched the MSU game.
Are killing us
Foster has been eating his lunch.
Great. Short field on D.
use your damn feet Denard!
I thought Hagerup had Will on his jersey for a second, thrn I realized it was Wile.
Yay former TE!
Nice pick by Clark!
frank clark beast!
Mmm. Bad reads taste delicious.
Probably the second best interception I've ever seen
Chuck vs. MSU has to be #1, right?
Both teams combine for -7 yards on three drives so far.
I guess the defenses adjusted. . .
That's one of our promising freshman!
turn in your mgoblog card!
We must score, now!
Glenville, Baby! GLENVILLE!!
Jesus Christ think before you throw
THROW IT AWAY
Gotta stop throwing those...
omg put bellomy in!
Man, Denard, settle down. He's just heaving these balls off his back foot.
LOL defensive PI
This is a seriously ugly game.
Whoever thinks that's a bad call, you can't touch someone while the ball is in the air...
Not only that he clearly pulled him back by the jersey.
Michigan O-Line not blocking well on the run.
Denard is playing a horrible game. bad bad reads.
why cant we get more then 2 yards ?
Gain some fucking yards on first down, please
To stop running every first down!
Hemingway with the second TD of the game!
BIG PLAY JUNIOR HEMINGWAY
WHAT A CATCH OMGGGG
Holy shit Hemmingway!
Wow just Wow
Big play Hemmingway!
I'll take it, but Denard has to play better.
We are going to miss Hemingway next year - big time. He's saved Denard's bacon all year.
but we get stonum back and hopefully arnett!
Woo! Return of good Denard on that pass!
Hemmingway is clutch!
I love where one calls it a prayer throw, then the next guy says its perfect
We are getting breaks!!!
The perfect prayer!
I cannot stop smiling. This game is hilariously entertaining. It is not well played...but it is fun to watch.
all the way to the house.
Serious skills on Junior, unreal body control.
Wait, we can actually win this game?
We just need a couple more stops on D!!!!
Ball control and one foot in by atleast a foot and a half.
I'm really pumped about the future of the D!
Get after it DEFENSE
I don't get the Denard frustration here, I think it's our O line at fault here. Denard and fitz have to dodge guys on every play.
DeAnthony Arnett, you can carry the torch from Junior and wear Desmond's #21.
Sure can time his leap on those balls well. Great body control.
It will take me days to somehow get my brain wrapped around what has happened in the first 2.5 quarters of this game. Need a big D stop here.
Game alternates between "Yakety Sax", "Sabotage" and "We Will Rock You"
It's like a three-song iPod on shuffle, except the shuffle's broken, so it skips and switches songs at random.
You missed the Benny Hill theme song.
Need more pressure on the QB
So this is all part of the plan to let them into the redzone and then stop them for a fieldgoal right?
Good call man!
If the other team's faster than you, you basically have to make a controlled retreat, giving up the middle if necessary to take away the big plays, until being in the red zone shortens the field. Eventually the receivers are in the end zone (without the ball) and there's not much to do besides scramble around. They may get open, but it's tough for the QB to see them because they're not part of any timed route anymore. The overmatched secondary can then play a more aggressive zone without worry of getting burned for 50 yards because there isn't any 50 yards left to take.
This isn't to be confused with a prevent defense, which is designed to bleed clock. However, fast guys are a nightmare to defend in space. So you take the space away the only way you can -- let them in the red zone. Michigan's secondary can't beat these guys on speed, so this is probably the only way to do it.
Come on guys, they're almost in the redzone. Time for another clutch stop.
Kovacs stop on 3rd and short!
Nice hit Kovacs
Yep - back for 2012!
I have seen him a lot tonight. Its not a good thing for a corner to he in on that many plays but he seems to flow to the ball well on runs. If we can fill some key spots this defense will be really good for a long time.
but expected as a true freshman.
Rarely beat straight-up. Nice looking player.
Kovacs is an AA in my book.
Kovacs can tackle yo!
Mike DeBoard thinks Frank Beamer needs to get more creative.
Tech 3/3 on field goals.
Once again Nice red zone D, way to step up!
Damn. vaTechs third string kicker is better than our starter.
Maybe last year, but Gibbons has been pretty dang good this year
I wish we had a 3rd string kicker this good. wth
The bend but don't break is back. Seems to be working so far.
Defensive line has been our strenght while the secondary can still be scary at times
But we have been getting NO pressure.
We have 3 true freshmen playing right now. Way to hold tough and show that mattison is apparently greater than Vince Lombardi.
Kickoff returns are an area for improvement for next year. We've been very mediocre there.
I can live with field goals if we score crazy touchdowns. Seriously, though, why did everyone make such a big deal about the third string kicker? That guy is pretty good.
For one drive. Please.
We need to put the foot on their throat
its like Borges has him afraid to run, he could have made that.
Execution and no creative play calling on offense.
Can we just put Hemmingway at tailback on 1st and 2nd? Any time we're in trouble he's the one with answers.
Is killing us
Borgas has done a really poor job of calling plays. His gameplan has been awful.
Yeah, the run game has been non-existent. Time for something else.
And run Denard!
We should call a QB draw on some of these 3rd downs. There's room to run up the middle if he can avoid the initial wave.
We need a sustained drive so bad right now. It's asking alot for our D to be on the field as long as they have.
damn you double post
Nice tackle Ryan
WHO IS IN THE MICHIGAN BOOTH AND WHAT HAS HE DONE WITH AL BORGES???
let's not run at Lwean, let's give Fitz 3 carries, let's throw arm punts, let's assume VT will not blitz.
"Two wide receivers open? Nah, fat QB is taken this one"
Nice work on the tackle Ryan.
He has been making plays all year long--ever since the Spring scrimmage.
#rd down Let's go D
3rd and 12 converted, again. Shameful, D.
Flashbacks to Braxton Miller.
We have got to get off the field on 3rd down!
Damn it! Another 3rd and long given up
Ok 4th quarter lets do this!
The D has played well on like 75% of the snaps. But those other 25% are 3rd and long killers.
The D is recognizing and stopping those cute flanker outside handoffs.
3rd and long again, just for shits and giggles let's try to stop em' this time.
On this drive
Frank Beamer and Mark Richt should marry and conceive the Anti-Lombardi.
LETS GO D!!!!!!
Our lb's and db's have turned into a a bunch of hitters. Great run support.
I know I'm wildly partisan, but are the officials spotting VT balls where they bounce/slide to instead of where they go down?
Really surprised Vah Teck not going upfield more.
They save that for 3rd down
I want denard and devin gardner intogether. #twinning
has played alright but has missed some key tackles. Had their qb on that 3rd down scramble.
Stop them here, get the ball back, long td drive, kill the game. Football easy, eh?
This lead feels VERY unsafe.
We can't even go to a bowl game without worrying about MSU?
To hell with MSU
Reference to fans with signs at the game.
I think they're weak on third down because Mattison is faced with a tough choice -- his DBs can't keep up with VT's receivers. So they have to play it safe, which opens up the middle. Otherwise, for the want of a third down stop, we'd be looking at 40-yard TD passes.
The way to stop superior speed is to draw them into your red zone where the speed advantage gets neutralized by the short field. It's been working all game. Unfortunately, VT's been executing rather well, so keep downing the antacids.
The real problem is that Denard and Borges can't get any offensive consistency going.
Change her name to Dr. John?
The game has not gone to shit still have an 8 point lead
D-line got blown back.
I am scared for 4 down play....
Come on D, tackle him, this is michigan forgodssake
Get a stop on 3rd & long, please!
Kick it again hokies
Fuck that come on D
F me, again
Please stop a fucking mobile quarterback for a change.
Friendly Palm strike to Kovacs chin.
How are we winning?
How is that not illegal hands to the face on that block?
The D is great on 1st down, 2nd down, but on the money down just can't get off the field.
That was some nasty hands to the face on the block of Kovacs.
what's happening to the defense?
Wtf they keep lettin him run everywhere smh
This is a turning point, need to make a stop
This guy has no vision and is getting yards. We need to figure out ways to get Kenny Demmens uncovered more.
My head is spinning.
Please hold them to a fg
Nice, one stop please.
Let's get a stop!
Man the fuck up again!
Here we go again
Can we please get a stop!
Pass interference, smh blake
If ever we needed a good drive on O now is the time.
Damn it all.
This is the worst game ever.
You can't be too upset at the defense, however, the offense is making insanely upset.
That fourth-and-eleven scramble was horrifically bad defense.
Get a stop!
Countess looking like a frosh today
Is getting abused this game
I'm not a fan of an all-out blitz there. I know it worked in the Illinois game last year but it gets burned a lot. The QB gets rid of the ball too quickly most of the time.
No 3rd or 4th down stops. Ridiculous. How many times have they quick-snapped it on us successfully? And how many times have our secondary guys shed a block?
Dormant O must show up now.
WTF happened to our defense? This is beyond frustrating.....
fire mattison now!
There has been no rhythm to the O. I am now worried. Thought the D would keep them out of the end zone on that last drive and leave a little breathing room. We are being outplayed on both side of the ball. Good brakes have kept us in. Do we have any left?
I have a horrible feeling this is going to end like the 05 rose bowl
The play calling on first down is absoloutly terrible. And Denard is making the same mistakes he's made all season.
Throw the ball on first down instead of running up the middle?!?!?
is the loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong commercial breaks.
Time for denard to feel hungry
And Denard and company need a sustained goddamn drive. 7+ min drive for only 60 yards!?!?!?
Disgusting. Need a good drive capped with a score, and I don't know if we'll get the ball back with how Beamer is sitting on the pigskin.
Kickoff returns have been less than good.
their special teams is unbelievably fast.
Should go post in the liveblog.
Suck my balls Kid Rock. Go hang out with Cheryl Crowe.
Another run on first down, get your head out of your ass Al
Same play called on first down. borges is terrible.
Honesty, they deserve this game. Michigan has not played well.
they are definitely the better team tonight we have got a lot of breaks to stay in this one.
Man the OL is getting pwned in the run game.
That fucking play hasnt worked. Stop calling it.
There is absolutely no where to run
AEE CEE CEE speed there.
3rd and long again, good god
Yep if we cant do it here I just can't see us winning.