Being at the game and being able to see the entire field was an eye opening experience for me. There where a few plays i'm not sure translated to TV. I haven't actually watched my DVR of the game yet but, there where several times where you just couldn't beleive what you where seeing. The first play was the play after Funchess stepped out of bound and almost scoring. Michigan lined up with plenty of time on the play clock. to the left side of Morris, you had Lewan and AJ williams on the outside of him. Kansas state had one defender about 2 foot outside of Williams and nothing else. In my head i'm thinking If williams can seal that Defensive back this is a TD and an easy one. There was nobody on the left side of the field, both safeties had cheated over to the right. The ball is snapped and Michigan runs to the right side for a loss.
The defense substituted way too much. I'm fine with substituting here and there but there where alot of plays where Michigan wouldn't have Countess on the field. Ramon taylor played most of if not all of the snaps on the other side but Stribbling, Lewis and Countess all rotated on the other side way too much. I could say the same thing about Avery at safety. The defense played good enough to win in the second half.
I would say the most frustrating thing for me as a fan tho was 6'6 Funchess lining up on the outside in man to man coverage with a 5'6 - 5'8 ( he was the same height as Gallon) on him and no help. They had this match up most of the day. A few times they motioned Funchess into coverage. From my seat in the endzone it was hard to see run plays.
I wouldn't say play calling was predictable on our side, we just didn't take advantage of clear mismatches. Personally I had some pretty cool moments tho. Touissants TD at the end of the game was right in front of our seats pretty much and in the second half me and Brennen Beyer had a moment lol. it was during a timeout and Beyer was trying to get the crowd pumped and I was up at the rail yelling as loud as i could and pointing at each other. It was pretty damned cool in my book.
The crowd was heavily in favor of Michigan but most of the Michigan fans where extremely old. I was sitting in the "wild zone" and it was extremely quiet most of the game. I was the only Michigan fan on my feet and making any type of noise. The state police had to get me off the rail a few times hehe. The fans behind the Michigan sideline and the band where by far our loudest fans.
i do have a question for some folks who normally attend games. KSU fans seemed a lot more organized. After ever score they cheer Ksu offense, ksu offense, ksuuuuuuuu offense and things like that but honestly the only cheering i ever heard from Michigan fans where the generic Defense chant and once a Let's go Blue. Is that normal? i need to know this stuff because my next game will be at the Big House. i need to see how Home fans get down at games.