One Frame At A Time: Minnesota

Submitted by Ace on November 5th, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Jeremy Gallon continues to find new ways to confound defenses. First, it was the cloaking device, which made its spectacular debut against Notre Dame last year. Now, he's moved on to rocket shoes:

Dubious legality? Admittedly, yes. Fantastic results? Oh, indeed.

[The rest of the Minnesota game in gifs is after THE JUMP. WARNING: Jake Ryan nightmare fuel ahead.]

Gallon's TD catch—and you can see the original here—may not have been the most spectacular passing touchdown of the day, as Devin Gardner unleashed this across-the-body heat-seeking missile to The Threat for Michigan's first touchdown:

Of course, that may not even have been Devin Gardner's most spectacular touchdown of the day, as he escaped contain and made a great second effort to reach the end zone in the fourth quarter:

Roy Roundtree set up the above touchdown run with this improbable catch—note the ball never touches the ground:

Defensively, Greg Mattison saw a freshman quarterback, licked his chops, and got to blitzin':

Jake Ryan, meanwhile, is still terrifying:

In the end, there was much rejoicing:



November 5th, 2012 at 11:20 AM ^

That gif of Jake Ryan needs to have captions at the bottom that read "JAKE", "MOTHER", "FUCKING", and "RYAN". The first should appear when he makes contact with the blocker, the second when the runner cuts back, the third when the runner cuts back again, and the fourth when he's getting tackled. That's what I kept saying when they were showing replays.

Wisconsin Wolverine

November 5th, 2012 at 12:01 PM ^

Minnesota WR: "nice, I caught the reverse pitch. that misdirection should freeze a linebacker or two. I'll just run it to the outside & get the edge."

Jake Ryan: "LOL the freshman QB is trying to block me."

Minnesota WR: "here we g - AH SHIT Jake Ryan's cutting off the edge. I'll just bounce it inside the blocker, then. WTF Jake Ryan again? How did you ... screw it, I'll go back outsi - DAMNIT WHAT IS THIS MAGIC AARGGHLBLRLBL"


November 5th, 2012 at 11:26 AM ^

Hoke and Mattison say that his playing is "unorthodox" .... Does anyone know what they find unorthodox about his playing style?  Is it technique?  The only thing I see is a heat seeking missle with a high motor and Thor-like glorious blond flow.

Hank Hill

November 5th, 2012 at 11:38 AM ^

I wish I could recall exactly what Mattison said (or have the desire to search for it) but it was about how his footwork is not always what they teach, his block shedding is not always what they teach, but damn if he doesn't end up in the right spot to make the plays regardless. It seems to me and many many other people that he is simply a great instinctual football player.


November 5th, 2012 at 12:08 PM ^

A lot of times Jake Ryan takes a "wrong" step that would usually cause him to give up his leverage on the outside but still makes the tackle in the backfield becaues his next step is so explosive.  If anything it's often a better outcome than if he plays 'correctly' but it's a more volitile one, and as a defensive coach you usually prefer consistantly good plays to inconsistant great plays.  Better to give up 2 yards than tackle for -3 or let them outside for 8...

Last year Mr. Ryan was causing some of those remote-toss inducing plays were he'd give them the outside (particularly in the first half against Northwestern).  This year he's gotten pretty good at looking like he's giving them an option when their only option is who will be tackled by Jack Ryan.  Mwahahahaha!


November 5th, 2012 at 11:29 AM ^

I'm glad the last GIF made it in here.  It was really cool to see Denard genuinely pumped up/excited for Gardner.  I imagine that might not be the case for a starting QB and his backup on other teams out there.

Wisconsin Wolverine

November 5th, 2012 at 12:22 PM ^

not sure if you're talking about your performance at work, or your computer's performance in running the gifs ...


if it's the 2nd thing, I like to open each gif file in a new tab.  chrome seems to have an easier time getting it up & smoothly running by itself, safe in its own little tab.  I don't know how these things work.


November 5th, 2012 at 11:42 AM ^

Anyone else think DG's throwing motion has improved? Also, how come Fitz can't make good cuts this year? It seems like he's lost his ability to juke and just runs right into defenders.




November 5th, 2012 at 11:44 AM ^

That Gallon catch was one of the worst calls in the review was awesome, but WTF were they thinking on that call? 

MSU keeps whining about that interference,  but the only call I saw worse than awarding Gallon the catch was calling roughing on the Nebraska guy who got hit a) late and b) in the back and as he goes sailing out of bounds he tries to avoid the MSU guy but hits him and gets called for roughing.   Only thing saving that call from being worse than Gallon is that the refs didn't have the benefit of replay.


November 5th, 2012 at 11:59 AM ^

I should probably note that you can hit 'escape' to stop the images from animating, then right-click and hit 'view image' to open it up in its own window. I realize these posts are quite bandwith-heavy but there's really no way around that with a post full of gifs, which is why most of them go below the jump.


November 5th, 2012 at 12:05 PM ^

If it's not too much trouble, can we get a gif of Gardner clasping his hands and thanking God after Dileo's TD catch? I think that gif could get a lot of mileage around these here parts.