Inside the Boxscore - Team 134, Game 11

Submitted by ST3 on November 23rd, 2013 at 7:04 PM

With thanks to Morrissey and Marr

Stop me, oh, stop me...


Akron, yes Akron, records 8 TFLs

Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before


UConn, still winless as I write this, records 10 TFLs

Stop me, oh, stop me
Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before


Penn State records 11 TFLs and holds Michigan running backs to 28 yards on 30 carries

Nothing's changed
I still love you, oh, I still love you


Michigan State records 11 TFLs and holds Michigan to -48 yards rushing

Oh, so I drank one
It became four
And when I fell on the floor
... I drank more


Nebraska records 15 TFLs and holds Michigan to 0 rushing first downs

Stop me, oh stop me
Stop me if you think that you've
Heard this one before


Northwestern records 10 TFLs and Michigan goes 0 for 13 on third down conversions in regulation

Stop me, oh, stop me
Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before


Iowa records 11 TFLs and holds Michigan to 158 total yards

Nothing's changed
I still love you, oh, I still love you
...Only slightly, only slightly less than I used to, my love

Burst of Impetus
* The burst of impetus occurred in the 2nd quarter when Michigan called two timeouts on the same drive to set up a go-ahead touchdown. I thought this was a key moment in the game because in prior weeks, Michigan had not been able to capitalize on opponents' turnovers. Unfortunately, you can't call a timeout before every offensive play. The game is moving too fast for Borges and the offense. Nine days ago, BiSB reminded us of the legal concept called "itsa gonna speek" (or something like that, I never took Latin.) He wrote, "There are some times when the thing that happens is so obviously wrong that the blame speaks for itself." That's where I'm at today.

I think I'll stop now.




November 23rd, 2013 at 8:05 PM ^

Nicely done, in a miserable sort of way. You could also use the Jason Isbell take on the same thing, from Goddamn Lonely Love:

Stop me if you've heard this one before

A man walks into a bar and leaves before his ashes hit the floor

Stop me if I ever get that far


I'll take two of what you're having and I'll take all of what you got

To kill this goddamn lonely, goddamn lonely love

Kind of an ode to Devin Gardner and the fans who feel a fraction of the misery he feels right now.


November 23rd, 2013 at 8:37 PM ^

Lack of timing, missed assignments, dropped balls, predictable playcalling, and zero sophistication.

Our O talent might be worse next year without Gallon, Lewan and Schofield. That alone says the scheme/coaching must change or TFLs will go over 100.


November 23rd, 2013 at 10:14 PM ^

We've given up 103 TFLs in 11 games, and recorded only 63. Almost everybody will say we have a good defense, and rightly so.

I didn't notice Dileo out there today, and after having a decent game last week, Smith got zero carries. He's only lost 1 yard rushing all season (granted, on only 15 carries, but still) so I guess he doesn't fit with Borges game plan.


November 24th, 2013 at 10:13 AM ^

Res ipsa loqitor (sp).

The thing speaks for itself. Yes, this offense is unbelievable and should not be performing at this level. We have 3-4 talented receivers who should be on the field almost every play. You don't use games as practice opportunities and it is so lame (and a bunch of other words I will not put on the Internet) to blame Denard for our current offensive state when in fact our running game probably looks similar tp this year the last two years without the guy.

There is a major problem with scheme it is too complicated. These are college guys who don't have nearly as many hours to practice complicated offensive schemes. I think you can run a Manball style offense similar to Alabama and Stanford and be immensely successful but you have to be smat about doing it.

There are mitigating circumstances to the performance of the offense but it really is looking like RichRod (yes I said he-who-must-not-be-named) with the DBs specifically and defense in general except this time it is with the O Line specifically and the offense in general.

Dayeinu. Enough's enough. Let Al and othe offensive staff finish the season but then spend the top notch money you are spending on them and spend it on people that are actually worthy of that money.