15 years ago today (10-25-97), Woodson made his insane interception against Sparty.
Just thought this was worth a mention. And how the hell has 15 years past already since this happened?
That is awesome. I watched it from my dorm room in West Quad.
I watched it from about 50 feet away.
Columbus wolverine - number 29 in your program, number 1 in your hearts.... Marcus ray
Woodson's play was insane, and obviously all eyes are on him to see how he caught the ball and stayed in bounds, but in rewatching, look at #55 (which I think was Dhani Jones) behind Woodson at both the 46 sec and 53 sec marks. He absolutely body slams the MSU receiver who the pass was inteded for into the artificial turf. Never noticed that until just now.
He does this a split second after Woodson touches the ball, so I don't think it was pass inteference (not that any ref would have been looking), but that player from MSU must have been shocked by both the catch and the body slam.
It was intended to be thrown away out of bounds, which is one of the many things that makes this play so incredible.
I never noticed that body slam until now. That looked painful! What a great video clip all around. Love the appearance of Hoke around the 1:10 mark too.
...I've always thought of this as the famous "body slam" play. It's the first time I've noticed the interception. Damn nice pick! Wow!
at the 1:12 mark, FWIW.
Who is that dude at 1:15 talking to Woodson, and why is he not double pointing?
Is that Coach Hoke talking to him at end of the clip?
Still the greatest individual play I have ever seen in NCAA football.
You watch your ass...
And then the OK State tipped INT happened a few years ago. I want Woodson's play to be better, but I just don't think it was.
Can't really compare because Woodson's INT was all him while the OK State one was tipped from one player to another.
I see that as a two person play. If the guy who batted the ball had instead caught it and come down in bounds I could see it as equivalent.
Edit: great minds.
I think the play was great but, I hated watching the clip due to the CFB scores at the end.
Love seeing Hoke giving him props toward the end if the clip
I'd love to know if Coach Hoke thought that was tremendous or not.
Hoke is wearing long sleaves? WTF, coach?
That's one of my favorite games all-time: Woodson's pick and my birthday is 23 July.
Mine too. Never thought about it like that. Hell yeah, man.
Same birthday. This play never gets old.
July 23 birthday. Are we Cancers or Leos? Always throws me off...
Wooo me too. Birthday threadjack.
Great memory, and thanks for sharing this.
Of all the plays that served to underscore just the sort of player and athlete Charles Woodson was at Michigan (as well as now in the NFL, current injury aside), this is arguably one of them. It always seemed like he was just on a different plane than other people when it came to ability.
The look of utter disbelief on the face of Todd Schultz still makes me smile.
I think it was 3 interceptions later when Shultz looked to Saban in disgust trying to mouth, "I tried to throw it away."
The ironic thing about Woodson's superman interception was that we couldn't get any points from it. Lloyd went conservative calling 3 straight running plays up the middle that only got 6 yards so we had to settle for a field goal. But Kraig Baker missed it. Even Lloyd's wife Laurie was giving him a hard time about those 3 running plays after the game.
Arguably? I don't know how you could argue against it...
Utterly fantastic play and yes Jones did slam the shite out of the WR
and now I feel old.
That one made my heart stop.
But this one is still my favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTn8_i393FQ.
Not ridiculous athleticism, but smart football that helped send Michigan to the Rose Bowl. The look on Cooper's face isn't bad either.
Lord, that was a fun defense to watch.
Truly magnificent play. I still, after all these years, check to make sure that foot came down in bounds.
Someone needs to make the following gif happen:
Ball is thrown...Cut to Gandalf: "You shall not pass!" ...Then back to Woodson making his famous grab.
I will donate all my internets.
You have a lot of internets to donate. You just won them.
seems NFL-sized compared to MSU's offense.
I was also there. Sitting way up high on that side of the field, so not a great angle, but you could still tell how ridiculous that play was. Never seen anything else like it.
A fifteen year journey from Ann Arbor to Oakland to Green Bay to Canton.
15 years ago? Feels like 4 or 5. Time goes way too fast. Sad.
i remember watching the msu game and seeing that int and thinking maybe he has a shot at the heisman
unbelievable play--not as well known as his kickoff return for a td against ohio state that probably sealed the heisman for him--but truly a more impressive one
My favorite play ever. The only annoying thing is that it's hard to find a good photo of it. Even the cameramen were unprepared.
I long or the day when our corners can play that close to the line again. That was tight coverage
My favorite Michigan DEFENSIVE play ever. That is why it's my avatar.
The one lingering memory of this play is that I just happened to be taking a large swig of Vernor's in front of my TV the second he came down with that ball. Definitely worth coughing my lungs out for five minutes after the fact.
Vernor's! Hello Michigan!
It was awesome....they were sad and angry...I was by myself and cheered somewhat quietly cuz some drunk bros were looking for trouble...fond memory....damn I am getting old.