Utah Game Thread

Submitted by Seth on September 3rd, 2015 at 7:23 PM

In lieu of a liveblog.

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We are now about 80% sure Harbaugh to Oakland isn't happening. Guys, I think we've really got a shot here.

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realfootballfan

September 4th, 2015 at 12:01 AM ^

Truth of the matter, the run game killed us. More to the point, Smith deciding to run into piles instead of the outside lanes created killed us. Rudock's 3 ints sucked but, outside of a few spurts in the 2nd half, Smith did nothing but kill drives.

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YoOoBoMoLloRoHo

September 4th, 2015 at 12:01 AM ^

Just won't win quality games like this with a QB missing TDs and pitching INTs.

OL didn't show much. Smith just isn't a factor; need Isaac's speed to create something with this OL and QB.

Hopefully the old football adage is true: a a fab team improves more between the 1st and 2nd game than anytime in a season.

Stuck in Lansing

September 4th, 2015 at 12:04 AM ^

Butt is awesome. We missed Drake Johnson. WRs better than anticipated. Peppers was not good early. Defense overall is pretty good. Pass protection was good run blocking was mediocre. QB play must improve. 

jeff_91121

September 4th, 2015 at 12:06 AM ^

The negative posters....all is lost garbage.....fair weather fans is just sad.  Get a fucking grip. It's one fucking game against a talented well coached team. If you guys expected the team to just have to show up and they will just roll because Harbaugh, I don't even know what to tell you.  Take a fucking breath, step away from the edge and look at the positives for fucks sake.

Jalm

September 4th, 2015 at 8:54 AM ^

You are way off base. I personally thought it was disappointing and by no means am I a fair weather fan. I can't believe you are not disappointed when you see a game with horrible blocking, 3 picks, and no run game. We set the water line for where the team is at currently and that is pretty low, I'm still going to watch every game but I'm less optimistic about matchups such as BYU, Maryland, Minnesota, and Penn St.

slappy09

September 4th, 2015 at 12:12 AM ^

Let's be honest - we were all hoping for a Harbaugh unicorn but got reality. I thought the game plan was good- rudock struggled a bit, but am encouraged for the future. Bonus - Harbaugh has 9 not 7 days to fix issues for the next. go BLUE!!

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LGenius

September 4th, 2015 at 12:30 AM ^

It looked like football. That's the first game I can remember in a long time where we looked significantly better in the second half than the first. Our o-line even started really bashing Utah but our RB's just don't have Vision yet.

Oh and Rudock was pretty dreadful. Either dead on or pull your hair out inaccurate. Hopefully he can calm down and just be steady ASAP.

AmazinDC

September 4th, 2015 at 12:30 AM ^

Well, tough to take a loss when you want great start to the season.  But I think they showed a lot of good stuff to build on.  My one concern, I know that some people think Hoke ruined Morris, but he was a highly rated recruit.  I really think he can be a difference maker here, and honestly I think we should switch it up after that Rudock performance. I don't mean to pin all blame on him or not, I just really think some of those mistakes were forced in a way that results from being injected (transferred) into the team and the system with no warning.  I mean, we have time to rebuild, we've got room to experiment, so I say why not.  Anyway, looking forward to the improvements!

The Dude

September 4th, 2015 at 1:48 AM ^

I am pretty disappointed with what I saw from the O-line. They weren’t really helped out by the RBs. They need Drake Johnson ASAP. Smith lacks foot speed and vision, Isaac isn’t a good pass blocker, and Green is a FB or an H-Back. Rudock needs to work on his accuracy. He missed a few that would have been huge and he threw that killer interception. On a positive note, the WRs and TEs were good. I like what they have there.

Peppers had a very good game. The pass defense needs to improve. They also need to be more consistent. Michigan would fall asleep once the game was tied. They cannot do this. It puts too much pressure on an average offense. 

Bottom line, it was only one game. Even with the sloppy play, they played a competitive game against a good team on the road. I expected this to be a loss, and now I expect them to win up to the Michigan State game. 

nMkaczor

September 4th, 2015 at 7:47 AM ^

On the surface it looked a lot like every road game for the past few years: crap on offense, good on defense, frustrating level of mistakes. The encouraging thing is that unlike the past 3 years, none of the mistakes were coaching mistakes! We had the right number of players on the field, we called the right plays at the right time and we managed the clock about as well as we could.

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UofM Die Hard …

September 4th, 2015 at 11:22 AM ^

some posters are really freaking out from the first JH coached game....on the road....against a solid Utah team.  They were 9-4 last year and have depth and experience. 

 

I thought JH game plan was great...in the fact he had a game plan and stuck with it.  That looked like a Stanford offense, boring but took a few shots.  A lot of mistakes that are fixable, Ruddock and Perry were sttuggling to get on the same page.  I mean there were two deep balls , if just a little more loft on them, 1 is a TD and the other is a 30 yard gain.  Be patient everyone, yes we are all pissed and sick of losing, but I think we can all see the progress and where this is going. 

 

I like our D, again clean up those fixable mistakes, and we are very good.  BUT that other CB spot is looking rough.  Clark looked like he was nervrous or tentaitve, stibbling was just getting pushed around out there, everytime i saw him, the Utah guy was just picking on him.  

Taxman

September 4th, 2015 at 2:53 PM ^

I know it was a loss, but there felt like there was a different level of skill. There were mistakes but they didn't look like the kinds of mistakes where a qb tries to throw an inadvisable pass while being dragged to the ground. There were fewer face palm moments by a lot. Correct number of players, understanding of plays and intensity were all positives. There were things to fix but they seem like fixable things. The O line still has a lot of work to do, along with the RBs, but that can also be fixed.

bamuyun

September 5th, 2015 at 12:41 PM ^

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September 6th, 2015 at 11:37 AM ^

  

 

 
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