Offense is a bit long. Good luck telling who's who for UM. Had no idea that Sione Houma actually got PT until I looked closely.
sigh, if only we had made one of those tackles on the QB as the game was winding down
Gotta hand it to the back-up (Thompson) who made the big plays with the pressure on. Even with the missed tackles, the dude still had to step up and make huge throws with guys in his face, which he did. I have to admit it was impressive.
I don't fault the D at all in those final minutes. Cocks just executed plays. That's what good teams do.
I gotta say, Borges' play calling was actually really good. NIce mix-up of run and pass, good use of Denard, and aggressive overall. Where the hell was this against Notre Dame, Nebraska and OSU?
You aren't really putting the blame for Nebraska on Borges, are you?
Notre Dame = Denard
Nebraska = Cruel and uncaring universe
OSU = Borges
blaming Stan Marsh for not beating the Red Wings (South Park, anyone?)
how many freshmen played in this game. Bolden, Ross, Richardson, Houma, Ojemudia, Pipkins, and I'm sure they're are others. And all except maybe Richardson made key plays in the game (Bolden TFL on the screen, Ojemudia forced fumble, Houma key blocks for Denard, etc.).
I have been pretty adamant about my dislike of Borges, but I will say he called a fantastic game. Now really the only blame I place in this game is Will Hagerup. The difference in this game was a punt that should have never went to Sanders. Our return team defense's have been bad all year, and you're going to punt it to one of the best punt returners in the country? I do not blame WIle for that, though he probably should have hit it out of bounds. I blame the older veteran leaders who couldn't stay out of trouble.
It was a fantastic game though and I'm glad Hoke suspended them. Sure what they did probably wasn't that big of a deal, but it is against the rules. So kudos to Hoke for sticking by his rules and making the right decision.
As far as Borges goes, it looks like he can do pretty well when he's got a player that can run his system. So, I look forward to the future. But, I am still mad that he's one of the highest paid coodinators, and he couldn't figure out that running Smith up the middle isn't going to work.
But I found the conclusion of "let's see if he got them both in" at 12.48/8.12 less than satisfying. Not that both even needed to be in.
Great work as always.