One Frame At A Time: Oregon State

Submitted by Ace on September 15th, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Yes, these posts are now everything I ever hoped they would be when Michigan hired Jim Harbaugh. There's no longer really room for words; I made 42 GIFs for this game. The righteous punt anger only accounts for three of them. Let's get right to it.


As always, click the links/stills to open each GIF in a lightbox.


Cookie Monster. Harbaugh and friends disagree with the lack of a PI call. Sione Houma gets first down, has magnificent hair. Heat-seeking Desmond Morgan sackTwo-point conversion. Well-blocked toss, Smith rage. Harbaugh fist pump. Harbaugh readies for takeoff. Never do this again. Hey there, pointing guy. Smith TD one. Smith TD two. Three nose chest um what. Wormley TFL one. Wormley TFL two.


This is great team defense. Willie Henry's belly flop onto the pile may not have been entirely necessary, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

14. Another Week, Another Mountain Goating

I love that Michigan's main constraint play consistently features defensive backs getting blocked into oblivion.

13. You're No Shoelace, Because I Just Grabbed Yours

If you're wondering why Michigan is so intent on getting their three best safeties on the field at the same time, this should help answer your question.


This should also help answer that question.

11. Fumble On A Platter

If Bolden snags any more fumbles like that he may find himself getting the occasional snap at H-back.

10. Truck Stick, De'Veon Smith Edition


9. Truck Stick, Skillet Hands Edition


Replay confirms: thunk.

8. Bump It


7. Salute

Run for your third touchdown right in front of the ROTC crew, salute. Well played, De'Veon Smith.

6. Ref Fall Down Go Boom

Way to show appreciation for that gift roughing the punter, Oregon State.

5. Harbaugh's Huddle

I think he was hype, you guys.

4. If I Curl Into A Ball Maybe It Won't Kill Me

Nice of Wormley to leave the left tackle with a perfect view of the sack he allowed.

3. Hybrid Death Machine

Jabrill Peppers with a 20-yard running start can do this:

So, yeah, maybe next time throw that ball on a line. Or anywhere else. Any thoughts, Jabrill?

No, I didn't think that pass was a good idea, either.

2. Loooooooooooooongsnap

One foot to the left and we're all cursing the placement of ESPN's wire cam. Instead, it's perfection. Full replay angle:

It's so nice to have the hilarious special teams stuff happen to the other guys now.


Part One: Hat-Jarring Rage And Light Aerobics

Part Two: The Full Demonstration

Part Three: The Playsheet Toss

I love this man.


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kevin holt

September 15th, 2015 at 5:39 PM ^

Actual question: what if the punter (obviously on the Tacopunts play) had just picked up the ball and ran into the endzone for a safety? He would probably be a genius, right?

I mean, there's a low chance you get a fumble or INT (once we get the ball on offense, that is), and a much lower chance you pick up and return the ball without being tackled before getting a first down. The by-far greatest possibilities are 7 points or 3 points. So why not take 2 instead?

I know it's quick thinking, but maybe coaches should teach that just in case the scenario ever arises.


September 15th, 2015 at 5:45 PM ^

I know it's quick thinking, but maybe coaches should teach that just in case the scenario ever arises.

I'm guessing that's something that punters are reminded of when kicking out of or close to their own endzone.  Here, he was forty yards away when the ball was snapped, and therefore the topic probably didn't come up.  


September 15th, 2015 at 6:39 PM ^

I'd imagine you're right.

The other thing to keep in mind is that he's also a rugby-style punter, so his initial instincts/training in this scenario were almost certainly to try to pick up the the ball, get his body turned if he could collect it cleanly, and see how far down the sideline he could kick it before getting cleaned out by the pursuit. He probably didn't have time to fully compute just how little time he'd actually have due to the punt blockers being in full sprint by the time he turned around to run down the ball, which may have led to his (ultimately costly) indecision.


September 15th, 2015 at 10:13 PM ^

I've been searching and inquiring on this point since Saturday. As near I can tell it's actually on a cord attached to his belt. Reasoning:
1. The ref doesn't react
2. The board clearly stops and falls
3. It looks like it bounces back
4. (Just noticed this) it ends its fall behind Harbaugh. This wouldn't be possible if it bounced off the red as it would need to go around Jim

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September 15th, 2015 at 6:39 PM ^

That fist-bump between Harbaugh and Drevno should send shivers down the spines of every defensive coordinator in the B1G. 

My second favorite is the Harbaugh Huddle.  He's surrounded by 42 tons of humanity and he's jumping up and down and punching guys.  Who wouldn't get juiced after that?

I pity every receiver who's waiting for a ball to come to him and Peppers is somewhere in the same ZIP code.

Oh, and Bunting.  That reminded me of those nature films where two rams butt heads.  Except in this case it was one against two ... and the two fell down.


September 15th, 2015 at 7:08 PM ^

in the truck stick, skillet hands edition - Canteen needs to work on this downfield blocking... but it's funny to see him assume that Bunting is going down/out-of-bounds and then do a quick spin to try and find someone to block since Bunting's still running


September 15th, 2015 at 7:18 PM ^

Jabrill avoids the slot receiver block WITHOUT EVEN LOOKING at the guy coming at him....just...hops back when he sees him out of his periphery and has his eyes on the ball carrier, there to clean up if need be. 

Holy Pants, that guy. 


September 15th, 2015 at 9:35 PM ^

Peppers hybrid death machine, indeed. Holy hand grenade of Antioch he covered a lot of ground. About as close as I've ever seen a defender get to beating the pass to the receiver. I love how he's framed perfectly in the entire gif. You see the pass, his reaction, the ball in flight, the receiver high point it, then the decleating before he lands. Awesome.