One Frame At A Time: Wisconsin

Submitted by Ace on October 5th, 2016 at 8:58 AM

We have to do this, right?

No matter how many times you look, it's hard to choose. Charles Woodson jumped so high he caught a pass intended for the sideline. Jourdan Lewis long-jumped ~17 feet while backhanding a pass intended for an actual receiver after sticking with him on a dead sprint. Woodson loses minor degree of difficulty points for helping secure the football with his second hand; he regains them and then some by having to toe-tap inside the sideline to complete the catch. Lewis never needs the second hand; he also has the luxury of diving about as far from the sideline as possible. Woodson's came in a rivalry game; Lewis's in a game situation of much greater importance.

Here's the good news: you don't actually have to choose.

[Hit THE JUMP for the rest of the GIFs.]


Lewis fingertip PBU.
Lewis TFL on Clement.
Lewis TFL on Clement (BTN Journey).
Lewis clutch open-field tackle
[Rest of section politely looks away.]
Dabbing is so 2015, but this guy is doing his best to revive it.
Glasgow paws pass.
Glasgow submarines double for TFL.
DTs with hops.
Hurst swim/QB hit.
Honk honk.
Peppers reads, gives to Isaac.
Peppers imitates Peppers.
Peppers covers the flat.
Peppers barrel-roll-to-first-down-signal after the (overturned) fumble recovery.
Smith cut/smash.
Speight hits Chesson on wheel.
Speight to Darboh on slant to set up the TD.
Wormley sack.
TacoWorm celebration.
Yakety snap.
Sorry, Fuller. Sorry again, Fuller.

10. Peppers For Ref

I legitimately believe Peppers did a much better job of spotting this wayward punt than the official, who marks it where the ball landed out of bounds—even though the ball landed quite a few yards beyond the sideline.

If you thought Peppers showed bias in the first GIF, seeing him cost himself a yard on his own re-spot may change that notion.

9. Gone Piggin'

The entire starting five on the O-line do a phenomenal job here; of the group, Kyle Kalis and Erik Magnuson are the ones to watch—they blow their mark so far off the ball that no second-level defenders can get to Khalid Hill around the carnage before he's poked his way into the end zone.

8. The Yin and Yang of Fan Reactions

This was shown coming out of commercial so I have no idea what it was in response to, but that might be for the best:

This, meanwhile, came after the tipped-ball interception:

The hat—which upon further inspection appears to be three hats stacked on top of each other—really makes this one.

7. Receiver Magnet/Football Magnet

It's hard to play man coverage better than this—I love the way this angle shows how Channing Stribling ran the receiver's route for him. Stribling, Lewis, and Kinnel celebrate.

Stribling's second pick was much easier but may have ended up with the more aesthetically pleasing GIF.

Stribling textbook PBU. I'm guessing he's a righty.

6. Glasgow Out Of Nowhere

This clip from BTN's The Journey shows the nightmare that is playing quarterback against Michigan. You can practically hear the "Jaws" theme as Taco Charlton tears off the edge. But when Ryan Glasgow smells blood in the water, he moves terrifyingly fast for a nose tackle.

ESPN replay angle, which has a better look at Glasgow discarding his poor blocker.

5. Surrender

I reversed this GIF so it zooms in on the textbook surrender cobra instead of zooming out. Original.

The faces of Paul Chryst and Alex Hornibrook say it all. When Jourdan Lewis snatches your soul after a day-long struggle, there's no need for words.

4. Harbaugh Grin/Harbaugh Rage

The collection of Grinch-grin GIFs grows another size.

As does the collection of Harbaugh rage GIFs.


The formation is great. So is the block by Devin Asiasi, who's initially stymied at the line, then plows TJ Watt in a way so frustrating Watt rips his helmet off in the end zone.

Now, try not to watch this for several minutes:

You are getting sleepy. Very sleepy.

2. Citizen Dang vs. Man Coverage

Great route, great throw, and what a damn relief to see this work out.

The replay isolating Amaraa Darboh's route is excellent on its own. He doesn't just beat Derrick Tindal with a double move off the line, he does a textbook job of working back towards the sideline to stack over the top of the corner, ensuring he maintains that extra step advantage:

Pylon cam. Broadcast angle.






The bench reaction is solid, not great, until being taken to that next level by a late-arriving Grant Perry and Ty Isaac.

Pitch-perfect bros reaction.

Continuing a fine Michigan tradition.


Because Jourdan Lewis wins this so clearly, I'm separating this into two polls: Lewis and not-Lewis.

Poll the first:

What Are Your Frames Of The Game (Non-Lewis Division)?















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Poll the second:

What Are Your Frames Of The Game (Lewis Division)?





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October 5th, 2016 at 9:38 AM ^

I still can't tell if Lewis actually gets a hand on the first PBU. 

My vote is for Gone Piggin' though, for no other reason than we've been waiting a long time for a play where all 5 OL absolutely destroy the guys across them. Both guard/tackle doubles slide the DEs back like they were on skids, Cole uses the DT's momentum against him and pancakes him. The overhead angle is awesome too, you really see the movement they get.


October 5th, 2016 at 9:45 AM ^

We got to see gems like The Train and Air Jourdan while beating a top-10 B1G opponent.  It's an especially fun time to be a Michigan fan.


October 5th, 2016 at 9:47 AM ^

the highlights to find it, but there is another one I think was amazing.


Right after the INT by Lewis at the end, I believe the QB goes to the sideline and Chryst looks at him and sort of throws up his hand like "What can ya do?  That was amazing!"


Naked Bootlegger

October 5th, 2016 at 10:11 AM ^

Just noticed McCray's sticky coverage on the slot receiver.   He ran stride for stride with Wheelwright far downfield (30 second mark shows a better replay).  Thomas gives him safety high help, but McCray was all over that route.     

Maison Bleue

October 5th, 2016 at 12:08 PM ^

I saw that live, when their WR Rushing went to complain to the coach that it was interference and coach looked at him like, "He caught it, what are you gonna do?". I don't think the WR even knew Lewis picked it off at that point.

El Tostador

October 5th, 2016 at 10:01 AM ^

Gotta go with Gone Piggin'.  Not only do Mags and Kalis blast the DE off the ball, they smash him to the ground and he continues to slide backwards the entire play.  Dudes feet end up like 5 yards deep in the endzone.

Space Coyote

October 5th, 2016 at 10:04 AM ^

That series was basically every wrong with everything.

  • The game - that Michigan had seemingly dominated - felt like it was slipping away
  • Instead of talking about it, ESPN decided to interview a guy that broadcasted another game and ask about that other game while Michigan was on a critical drive
  • Michigan did not perform well on critical drive
  • And then there is a Michigan fan in the background that still thinks dabbing is a thing he should be doing.

That series really just hurt in all ways. And I'm pretty sure I forgot a few things that made it even worse (such as it was likely between about 3 commercial breaks in a 5 minute period because of course it probably was).


October 5th, 2016 at 10:15 AM ^

felt so much like a loss at that point.  That is football related PTSD from the last eight years.  In previous eras, not only do we lose that game after the pick/TD but we lose going away, like 24-7.  That is how it is so obvious that this is a different era.

Space Coyote

October 5th, 2016 at 10:10 AM ^

That he just kind of did his job. I disagree, at least on the first INT. He plays trail coverage perfectly. No false steps, stays right on the hip, turns at the right time, and makes a play. Yes, that's just doing what he's supposed to do, but he's in that position because he executed it perfectly. That's a play most QBs think will be open because a CB won't be able to turn and find the ball and stay on the underneath hip of the WR. Strib made that play.


October 5th, 2016 at 10:28 AM ^

Strib is kind of turning into the Scottie to Lewis/Peppers' Kirk/Spock show (or the other Scottie to Michael Jordan).  He's not considered as talented or dominating as those two so they get all the attention, and to be sure, they're shutting down whole swaths of the field.  But that means Strib gets picked on so while everyone on the bridge is chewing scenery he's down in engineering keeping the warp core from going kablooie.

This isn't to question how indispensible Lewis and Peppers are, but compared to a conference-average corner, I don't think we win this game without Strib.

Blue in PA

October 5th, 2016 at 10:24 AM ^

If Lewis was not able to hang in the air like a hummingbird.... is there any chance in hell that Thomas was able to run Rushing down before he took that pass to the house?


October 5th, 2016 at 10:43 AM ^

I think he was out of position but the ball was underthrown.  He would have had a good opportunity to make the tackle or at least force Rushing back to the middle where there may have been some help on the way. 

With a perfectly thrown ball and both Lewis and Thomas are probably toast though.


October 5th, 2016 at 10:52 AM ^

A perfectly thrown ball would not have induced the same reaction from Lewis though (unless he completely blows it, which he pretty much doesn't do). He was step for step with the guy when the ball is thrown. He only dives and gives up separation because it's underthrown and he has a play on the ball. Yeah, he jumps a little early and makes the INT harder than it needs to be, but only just. On a well thrown ball, he keeps running and either gets a rake at the receiver's arms as the ball comes in or at the very least tackles immediately.

El Tostador

October 5th, 2016 at 12:22 PM ^

Also I do not believe Thomas was out of position there.  My guess would be that his responsibility was to double the more "dangerous" Wheelewright who was being covered by a linebacker and to leave our lockdown corner on a island against some guy (Rushing).  Also Thomas is in front of Rushing and already breaking on an angle to tackle well short of a touchdown.


October 5th, 2016 at 10:45 AM ^

Love these gifs.  They add so much enjoyment to a big victory.

The coach/player in me can't help critique Ty Wheatley on the "Gone Piggin" TD.

Head across the bow, son.  Head across the bow.



October 5th, 2016 at 10:53 AM ^

So is it just me or in the midst of all of the bench excitement, does Harbaugh seem disappointed that Lewis came down with the ball?  I know he said later he's glad Lewis made the interception but maybe because by that time they had already won the game.  Knowing how calculating Harbaugh is, I think he was thinking field position in that moment.


October 5th, 2016 at 12:30 PM ^

My favorite part of the Harbaugh rage gif is how long it takes them to walk him back to the sidelines.  Like, he's past the hash marks at that point I'm pretty sure. 


October 5th, 2016 at 2:09 PM ^

Bummer that the broadcast didn't follow Peppers the whole time.  We were cracking up about this at the stadium, but the video doesn't do it justice.


October 5th, 2016 at 8:19 PM ^

Kudos to you Ace! These posts are my favorite of the week every week. I can watch the gifs repeatedly, and quite honestly I don't know how you even can make any other posts during the week having them at your disposal. I have to contain myself and watch them after work! Thank you!

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