In case you didn't get enough coal in your stocking this year:
Backfield Motion Formation R/P Play Gain
1 0-10 -25 Gun Wk Slot Twins L Pass 3 Verts 0
OSU starts the half with a play action pass similar to the 31 yard TD in the first half. Michigan is running their confusing coverage that leaves the middle of the field open. Single WR is manned up. Metullus comes down to play the boundary flats. The field corner and safety are playing Cover 2. So what you essentially have is Cover 2 deep to the Field, Cover 3 underneath, and man on the lone WR. The middle of the field is wide open. What saves Michigan is the half ass fake toss. Bush is able to get back to the middle to get involved in the play and Haskins throws it high. OSU is doing a nice job of letting the ends go with play action pass and pulling the center for them. The down blocks by the tackle are freezing them and slowing them down. Winovich beats the center pulling for him, but the ball is out.
2 2-10 -25 Gun Stg Y Mo Unb Trey R Run Split OZ -1
Michigan is in essentially Cover 0. Michigan brings Hudson off the strong edge and slants down. Gary is unblocked and misses the tackle, but makes the play as pursuit gets to him. That being said, Ross vastly overruns the play and there’s a nice seam through the BS A gap that Weber just can’t get to before Gary gets him from behind.
3 3-11 -24 Gun Stg Y Mo Bunch R Pass Drive 18
OSU motions to a bunch set and runs a Drive concept (Shallow and Dig from the same side). # 3 runs the Shallow, #2 a vertical, and #1 the Dig that he sits down in a wide open zone. Haskins finds him at the 1st down marker and he runs for another 7. NFL Front (2 3-Techs) gets little pressure. Paye nearly gets home, but ball is out. Coverage is, I think, essentially Invert 3 with man on the single WR, Watson has the strong flat and the 3 safeties roughly take the deep 3rds. The problem with playing coverages you don’t run much is exactly this--Bush goes far too wide to the flat areas in response to a Flare by the back when he doesn’t need to with a CB over there handling that job. It might be complete anyway (this coverage is weak in the Hook/Curl zones) but this throw is as easy as it gets.
4 1-10 -42 Gun Stg Z Orbit Pro Twins R Run Pin&Pull -1
OSU runs Pin & Pull back to where the motioning WR is coming from, but Winovich has time to check Haskins, have a cup of tea, and make the TFL. Play just takes too long to develop and get started with where the RB is. Even without Winovich, the pulling center trips and Michigan has this pretty well gapped up. Would guess coverage is the same as play 1 of this half.
5 2-11 -41 Gun Stg F Mo Pro Twins L Pass Cross 0
OSU motions 14 and puts the Twins in the boundary. At the snap 14 runs an immediate Shallow with the TE running his Box Curl route. Michigan is in Cover 1, but now on the Shallow route, Metullus comes down from his FS spot and plays 14 and Kinnel drops back to the deep middle. Metullus is able to make the hit and break up the play. Michigan runs 4 to a side and doesn’t finish although Ross comes through late.
6 3-11 -41 Gun Wk Deuce Pass Snag / Slants 0
OSU runs Slants at the top and a Snag concept to the boundary. Cover 1 with a low hole player and a FS. Metullus and Hill seem to be playing a little more off than in the first half expecting more inside help. Haskins thinks it’s generic Cover 1 with a blitz (good disguises by Michigan and throws the inside slant 5 yard before the marker. Kinnel is the low hole player and gets in on the play. The throw is too low anyway and falls incomplete. Quick throw leaves no time for pressure to get home although Winovich gets around his OT.
7 0-10 -42 Gun Wk Slot Trey R Run IZ Split 2
Split zone with Michigan in their 3 man front bringing Kinnel and Gil off the weak edge and slanting the line to the Field. Dobbins attempts to cut back and Gil stones the TE coming across and makes the play along with Kinnel. Cover 2 look in the secondary.
8 2-8 - 44 Gun Wk Slot Twins L Run IZ Split 9
Same play in the other direction and Michigan isn’t remotely lined up when the ball is snap. Dobbins takes it right out the FS B Gap for 9 after Bush doesn’t quite finish the play before the marker. Looks like Cover 1.
9 1-10 +47 Gun Wk Unb Trey R Run IZ 2
Fox misses the beginning of the clip. The TE attempts to block Gary who sheds him easily and makes the play for 2. Michigan is in Cover 1 and looks gapped up.
10 2-8 +45 Gun Stg Y Return Unb Quads R Run Trap 9
Can’t remember the last time I saw influence trap. Michigan is an Over Front. The RG and RT block man on the 3 and 5 Techs respectively. The LT and center immediately release for the LBs closest to them. The TE trap blocks the 1-Tech and the LG sells pass for a split second before blocking out on Winovich. Winovich doesn’t get blocked out but everyone else blocks perfectly and Dobbins runs for 9 right up the middle. Michigan is in zone coverage.
11 1-10 +36 Gun Wk Deuce R Pass Cross 31
#2 runs a Shallow to the Field and the Field #2 runs his Box Curl. The RB runs a quick Flare now meaning he’s not in the protection. Michigan’s Cover 1 is now a low hole player to help on these underneath routes and true FS as opposed to rushing 5 (which wasn’t getting home anyway). However, Metullus blows the coverage. Instead of looking at his WR he peaks Haskins who just gives a quick ball fake like he’s throwing to the back and stops. Meanwhile 14 is running across the formation alone. Haskins drops, sits, waits and delivers the ball. 14 catches the ball past Bush (the low hole player) and just runs away from him for 31. Haskins ball fake also has the benefit of stopping Dwumfour and Winovich’s pass rush (Dwumfour has leverage, but stops--Winovich actually turns around to pursue) buying him even more time. Adding to this debacle, Bush is helped off the field after the play.
12 1-G +5 Gun F Jet TE Slot Empty L Run Q IZ Split 0
Martell is in the game and Michigan’s defense is confused. Michigan has 5 down lineman and playing Cover 0 so someone should be a free player in the box as a LB type. Metullus and Woods don’t seem to know who that should be. Fortunately it doesn’t matter. Michigan’s Bear front (all OL covered) gets penetration, especially Dwumfour, and makes the play for no gain.
13 2-G +5 Gun Stg F Mo Pro Slot R Run IZ Read 3
Martell still in the game. Basic IZ Read. The RG and RT get great push, But Gary (being read) is able to get in on the play along with Mone playing 0 Tech.
14 3-G +2 Gun Stg F Mo Pro Slot R Run IZ Read -1
The exact same play as before. This time Kemp gets great penetration and stops Dobbins before he gets back to the LOS. The cavalry arrives to finish the play. As good as Ohio State’s offense is overall, inside the 5 it’s a complete clusterfuck. Michigan holds them to a FG.
15 0-10 +22 Gun Wk F Mo Pro Twins L Pass Mesh Return 20
The wheels have fallen off as when OSU gets the ball back now they are up 15 and with good field position just off the Patterson pick. And they go for the jugular right away. Same mesh routes as the first half, but not instead of crossing those guys (TE / #2 WR) return with a flat path. Michigan is in Cover 1 with the same defense as Play 5 above (have the FS take the crosser and the man on the crosser drop deep). Only now with the return route, 14 is wide open as Kinnel has dropped deep and Hill has to chase him down across the field. Great answer by OSU although it would help if Kinnel recognized this sooner. Michigan rushes 5 and Uche nearly gets to Dobbins off the edge, but not quite. Nobody else is really close.
16 1-G +2 Gun Stg F Mo Pro Slot R Run Speed Option 2
Same formation as the previous goalline plays, but now OSU runs outside and Weber walks into the EZ. I’m not sure how Michigan is playing this. If it’s true Cover 0, Ross should have the RB man but he’s not lined up like he would be covering him and buries himself in the A Gap. In any case, Haskins reads Furbush, pitches to Weber and that’s that.
17 0-10 -22 Gun Wk F Jet Unb Trey L Run Sweep 78
From bad to worse. Michigan is now in Zone and they have the bodies (more than enough) to handle the quick handoff to Campbell. But Metullus takes a false step and slows down as the RT is blocking Hudson in front of him and Campbell hits the gap and is off and running. Kinnel being completely fooled on the play turns a 30-40 yard gain into a 78 yard TD as he’s nowhere to be seen until it is too late. It’s a well blocked play, but terribly defended by Michigan’s safeties.
18 0-10 -25 Gun Wk Y Mo Pro Twins L Pass Boot Hide 10
OSU ran this in the first half on a 3rd and short. Michigan is in the hybrid zone stuff that leaves the middle of the field open. Haskins fakes, boots out and hits the TE real quick who passed by Gary. As I said before it’s a nice, yet common, wrinkle to all the split zone run game. The #2 WR pins Hudson and the TE gets outside, makes Hill miss and gains 10.
19 1-10 -35 Gun Stg Slot Trey L Pass Mesh 11
OSU is in condensed splits which has signaled mesh routes in this game. Michigan is in their hybrid zone again and covers the routes nicely. This time Haskins is able to avoid Kemp who beats his guy but creates a large seam and runs for the first down.
20 1-10 -46 Gun Stg Slot Trey L Run IZ 29
Straight IZ with the TE blocking down. Michigan in a 5 man front with Hudson as a DE and Gary pushed inside. Gary gets doubled back and inside and essentially into Gil who while relatively gap sound is slow getting up to the LOS. The Gary double team slows Gil down from making the play at about 3-4 yards and Weber shoots through the gap for 29. Cover 1 leaves a lack of run support as well. Penalty moves the ball to the 13.
21 1-10 +13 Gun Stg Unb Quads R Run Trap 8
Same trap play as before. And pretty much the same result. Ross beats his block, but Weber cuts back before falling for a gain of 8. Michigan is back in the hybrid zone.
22 2-2 +5 Gun Stg F Jet Pro Twins R Run OZ Read 4
Haskins reads Paye. Kemp gets reached by the tackle (in a Tite 3!) allowing a cut back for Weber. Paye makes the play before the goalline. Cover 0.
23 1-G +1 Gun Stg F Mo Pro Slot R Pass Boot Hide 1
The boot play again with a tighter formation. Metullus gets blatantly picked but it’s a legal play as the ball is thrown behind the LOS. Easy walk-in TD.
24 0-10 +19 Gun Stg Unb Quads R Run IZ Read 1
OSU gets good field position after the Milton pick. Michigan in a 3 man front but jumps Ross to the LOS before the snap. Haskins reads Ross, keeps it, but Ross makes the play anyway. Haskins has a play if he can get by him. Michigan looks to be in the hybrid zone stuff.
25 2-9 +18 Gun Wk Y Mo Slot Twins L Run OZ Read 2
OZ is well played. Ross runs Dobbins out of bounds for a gain of 2. Michigan back to their base game plan from the start of the 1st half: 2 off the edge (scrape exchange blitz) and Cover 1.
26 3-7 +16 Gun Stg Trips Closed R Pass Snag Switch 16
OSU clusters the 3 WRs on the hash with the TE backside by himself. OSU max protects with 7. Michigan is Cover 1 with a man on the point (#2 WR), an outside player (Metullus), and an inside player (Watson). Unfortunately nobody goes inside. Campbell stems Watson inside before running a corner route. Watson has no chance as he has bad leverage to start. He stumbles, but it doesn’t matter--this route will be open. The other 2 WRs run hitch routes to hold their DBs. The DL stunts to the field and gets nowhere yet again. Hudson half heartedly rushes the passer from the edge.
I passed on doing the last drive.
I don’t have a whole lot to add to what I’ve already commented on in individual plays. Michigan did make adjustments in coverage as early as the first quarter. They didn’t seem to run the adjustments very well in my opinion and also looked confused far too often. When Michigan went back to man coverage, Ohio State just hammered them in the pass game. A lot of short passes that became much longer gains.
As bad as the secondary looked, the biggest disappointment has to be the DL and the complete lack of pressure on Haskins. Michigan mixed up its fronts, blitzes, stunts. Twice they forced Haskins from the pocket and both times he just ran for 8+ yards. He may have been knocked down once in the entire game.
Ohio State had a good plan, but these aren’t new special routes against man coverage nobody has run before. They are fairly typical man beaters. What they did do early in the game is not waste their time trying to run the ball too much. After the first two runs which at least established that Haskins might run it, they threw about 70% of the time the rest of the half. Enough run to keep Michigan honest, but they wanted to attack the pass defense.