Broekhuizen - unsung hero?

Submitted by a2bluefan on November 7th, 2010 at 1:22 AM

PATs are something that generally get taken for granted. But I just wanted to point out that Seth Broekhuizen delivered EIGHT of them on Saturday, plus a field goal. It's not terribly uncommon for this to happen in college football... there's usually a team or two that puts up 56+ every week. But given how maligned our kicking game has been this season, I thought Broekhuizen's performance today was worthy of mention. I suppose you could argue that the one FG he barely missed today kept us from going up by 2 scores, which might've allowed us to win in regulation. But come on, the 3OT bonus coverage was the most fun I've had in the Big House all year!

The fact is, we needed every single point that Broekhuizen kicked today. How 'bout let's show the kid a little MGoLove!

GO BLUE!!

Comments

Derek

November 7th, 2010 at 5:37 AM ^

I actually said that that swung the odds in our favor when we entered 3OT. Going from 100% (Illinois PAT) vs., what, 60% (Michigan PAT) probability to nominally even on 2 point tries was huge. I think the rules are our real unsung hero.

jmblue

November 7th, 2010 at 2:07 PM ^

The "when we get to the 3rd OT" assumption is the problem there.  We've played seven OT games in school history and five were decided in the first OT session. 

You always want to play defense first in OT, because then when you get the ball, you know exactly what you need to tie or win, and can playcall accordingly.  Going on offense first is trickier because while you want to score a TD, you have to worry about coming away empty-handed, so you'll almost always kick the FG on 4th down. 

Captain Obvious

November 7th, 2010 at 1:32 AM ^

bad bad baaaaaad on kickoffs.  I'm not sure why we don't groom Gibbons for the KO duty a la Bryan Wright.  He seems to have a huge leg but is inconsistent with his aim.  As long as he can drop it in a spot 50 yards wide he's good to go.  Broek seems to be clearly better at PAT/FG duties at the moment.

a2bluefan

November 7th, 2010 at 1:50 AM ^

Yeah.... Hagerup kicked off 5 of 6 times vs. PSU as well. Seth's only KO that day went for only 40 yds.  Gibbons hasn't kicked since MSU though I kinda wonder too why they don't use him for KO's. I guess they've decided Hagerup is the man for that.

Indiana Blue

November 7th, 2010 at 9:04 AM ^

not one kickoff by either team threatened the end zone.  Closest was Hagerup's last one that made it to the 5.  Illinios kickoffs didn't even make it to the 10.  I think Hagerup has done a very good job on kickoffs.  He is a true freshman ... wait til Barwis has some time to work with him !!

When its cold you just can't compress the football as well ... alot like golf !!

Go Blue !

jmblue

November 7th, 2010 at 1:33 AM ^

I was thinking about this after our late TDs (especially the one in the second OT, when our survival in the game was riding on that kick).  The Orange Bowl against Alabama has forever taught me not to take PATs for granted in overtime. 

lilpenny1316

November 7th, 2010 at 1:34 AM ^

The Illinois FG kicker kept them in the game while we went 1-2. 

I don't think our kicker was horrible or anything like that, but that missed FG kept things a one score game which was big considering how well our defense played in the second half. 

I do love the viewpoint of not overlooking the not always simple PAT.   I just think the miss FG was huge in terms of keeping some distance between us and Illinois.

lilpenny1316

November 7th, 2010 at 8:36 AM ^

...that kept them in the game early while our D was doing a pretty good job bailing out our offense.

I'm not trying to undervalue our kicker.  I think he's done a decentl job being pressed into duty.

I'm just saying that the our missed FG was huge given the circumstance.

snoopblue

November 7th, 2010 at 1:40 AM ^

They didn't show it on TV. but after we scored to make it 31-38 Michigan, the following kickoff, Will Hagerup got flagged for a personal foul. He was jawin and pushing around a linebacker (!!!!) I love that kid! Want to see him run some fakes.

mGrowOld

November 7th, 2010 at 3:30 AM ^

Anybody who says they weren't holding their breath and maybe looking a their feet during every extra point in OT is lying.  My nerves were shot by end of game.

pullin4blue

November 7th, 2010 at 8:59 AM ^

I think the special teams coaching deserves a little love this weekend. There is still a lot of room for improvement, but as compared to previous weeks, we looked great. Great call on the kick return as well. Congrats guys!

Snidely Doo Rash

November 7th, 2010 at 10:37 AM ^

for the AZ st vs. USC game and PAT cost Threet and co. the game.  Looks like STeve is playing pretty well.  CFB is a game of inches, chances, and confidence.  

God Save Lloyd Brady!

BlueBarron

November 7th, 2010 at 11:14 AM ^

I just remember forcing my friend not to watch vital extra points and 1-yard 3rd/4th down attempts. Things seemed to go well when he wasn't watching, things seemed to go badly when he was.