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The official thread for post game analysis of the Michigan Wolverines.....
For the first time in 3 seasons the Michigan Wolverines have won their season opener. The boys from Ann Arbor had to overcome a slow start, they were down 13-3 in the 2nd, and a herculean effort by WMU WR J.White who racked up 232 yds and 3 TD on 7 catches. True freshmen QB Tate Forcier struggled early on, but progressed as the game went on in what was hopefully a sign of things to come from the young signal caller. After being up 17-16 at the half, the Wolverines really took over in the second half, outscoring the Broncos 28-7 to win the game 45-23. A 59 yard INT TD return by Donovan Warren and a 90 yard kickoff return TD by Terrence Robinson keyed the second half dismantling. The kids head down to Tuscaloosa next week to take on smace and his Bama boys in a matchup of 2 perennial powers.
MICH QB T.Forcier: 16-26, 256 yds 1 TD, 3 INT 9 att 52 yds 2 TD
MICH RB B.Minor: 17 att 82 yds, 3 rec, 36 yds, 1 TD
MICH OLB K.Demens: 9 tack, 1 tfl
WMU QB T.Hiller: 20-26, 361 yds 3 TD 2 INT
WMU WR J.White: 7 rec, 232 yds, 3 TD
The Tide gets Rolled
Fresh off a season opening victory against Western Michigan, the Wolverines headed down to Tuscaloosa for a primtetime showdown between perennial powers Michigan and Alabama, led by coach smace767. Nobody gave the boys from up north a chance in this one, but the young crew, aided by a ton of lucky breaks shut up the "experts" with a very solid 41-14 victory over the 6th ranked Crimson Tide.
The lucky bounces started early for UM, as they forced a fumble on Bama's first possesion which led to a Tate Forcier TD run. Bama countered later in the qtr with a field goal, but Michigan struck back in the 2nd with TD runs by Forcier and a 1-yd TD by FB mark Moundros on 4th in goal with 1 sec remaining in the half to put up UM 21-6.
The Wolverines struck right off the bat to start the second half as well, when Ryan Van Bergen applied pressure on the QB which led to a forced throw and the ball falling in the arms of DE Brandon Graham who scampered 47 yds to the promised land. The Tide marched down and scored to make it 28-14, but the Michigan D put the clamps on after that, and the Wolverines were on their way to a 41-14 victroy.
Now i would like to say the score of this game is very misleading, i'll be the first to admit it. The Maize n Blue got every single lucky break in this one, whether it be fumbles, my wideouts were making 1-handed diving catches while his db's dropped a few int's that i handed to them, and bama also had the most poorly timed penalties. The Wolverines played well enough to win, but let's not get to overzealous up there in Ann Arbor.
Michigan now heads home for two games against Eastern Michigan and Indiana.
UM QB T.Forcier: 12-24 122 yds 1 INT, 2 Rush TD
UM DE R.Van Bergen: 8 tack, 2 tfl, 2 sack, 2 fum rec
UM SS B.Smith: 6 tack, 1 tfl, 1 INT
UM DE B.Graham: 3 tack, 2 tfl, 1 sack, 1 INT ret for TD
BAMA RB M.Ingram: 17 att 96 yds
BAMA LB R.McClain: 6 tack, 1 INT
Great win Hood.
Wolverines get another W
Not much to say about this one, just another one in the win column. The Wolverines took care of business against lowly Eastern Michigan. My boys came out swinging, going out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. After that this was a snoozer, as both teams struggled offensively. The lone bright spot after the 1st for UM was the 104 yd kickoff return by Terrence Robinson, his second of the year. It has been a better than expected start for the Maize n Blue, but the offense still has a ways to go if this team will contend for the Big10 title, the defense and special teams are up there, but young QB Tate Forcier needs to step it up and make this passing game legit.
UM QB T.Forcier: 11-22, 137 yds, 1 TD 1 INT
UM RB B.Minor: 12 att 53 yds, 1 TD, 2 rec 39 yds
UM WR J.Hemingway: 5 rec 59 yds 1 TD
UM SS B.Smith: 10 tack
Big Ten conference play kicked off this week in Ann Arbor, and the Wolverines did not dissapoint. Led by another dominating performance by the defense, the Wolverines offense also improved its own play a lil bit en route to a 31-6 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers(2-2). Senior leaders RB Brandon Minor and WR Greg Mathews each had their most effective performance of the year, and Tate Forcier also was more accurate than he had been. The Wolverines burst out of the gate yet again as a game opening 3 minute drive for TD set the tone. They continued to dominate the first half, they headed into the half with a 17-0 lead. IU eventually got on the board late in the 4th, but al that score did was ruin UM's hopes for a shutout. The Wolverines(4-0) now must get ready to travel to East Lansing to take on the hated in-state rival Michigan State Spartans in the battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy.
UM QB T.Forcier: 15-23, 161 yds, 1 TD 1 INT
UM RB B.Minor: 19 att, 98 yds 2 TD
UM WR G.Mathews: 8 rec 87 yds
UM DE B.Graham: 5 tack, 4 tfl, 1 sack
IU RB B.Payton: 6 rec 101 yds, 1 TD
A Narrow Escape......
It was the battle of 2 in state rivals, and boy was it a battle for my boys. First of all, we had to contend with the weather(it was 31 degrees and snowing), secondly we could not catch a break, and thirdly both the starting QB and MLB went down with injuries.
It was almost like even god wanted the Spartans to win this one, UM had a kickoff return for TD called back due to holding, injuries, wrong calls with booth reviews, injuries, a terrible kicking game, and the Spartans would catch so many deflected/tipped passes it was mind-boggling. But through it all the Wolverines hunkered down and behind a strong performance on the ground they prevailed 34-28.
It looked like the game was in hand when Brandon Minor scampered in for his 3rd TD of the day with 4:50 left, putting UM up 28-14. But the Spartans made a furious comeback, tying the game up with 2:34 remaining. Stud returner Terrence Robinson then returned the ensuing kickoff 87 yards for a TD. However the missed PAT kept hopes alive for a regulation Spartan victory. They drove the ball down the field but were eventually stalled at the Wolverine 25 yard line with a few ticks left on the clock.
It was far from pretty, but a win's a win, the Wolverines are now gearing up to travel into Kinnick Stadium for a date with coach IAHAWKS757 and his Hawkeyes.
UM RB B.Minor: 21 att 109 yds 3 TD
UM RB K.Grady: 1 att 41 yds 1 TD
UM DE B.Graham: 6 tack 2 tfl 1 sack
UM RET T.Robinson: 87 yd KO return for TD, 22.0 avg on punt returns
MSU QB K.Cousins: 28-41 308 yds 3 TD
MSU WR M.Bell: 7 rec 95 yds
Big Victory in Iowa City
It was a beautiful evening in Iowa City, especially for those involved with Michigan football. The Wolverines stepped into a very hostile enviornment and walked away victorious, and with bowl eligibility.
The Hawkeyes struck first, marching right down the field on the game's opening drive, scoring on a TD pass which was the culmination of a drive that kept the UM D off-balanced. However the good times would not last long for Iowa, the boys from up north marched right down the field and evened the score on a 8 yard TD run by Kevin Grady. A pick-6 by FS Stevie Brown on Iowa's ensuing drive set the tone for the remainder of the game.
The story of this game was UM True freshmen QB Tate Forcier. Tate has had his fair share of struggles thus far, but he had the game of his young career earlier today. He was deadly all day, threading the needle countless times. At no time was this more apparent than in the third quarter as he led the Wolverines down the field to a half opening TD drive. The Hawkeyes pulled within 10 at the end of 3, but a 3:30 minute TD drive by UM in the 4th put this one on ice, 31-14. It was a hard earned victory, Coach Hood and his boys had nothing but praise for Iowa afterwards, and wishes them well the rest of the year.
At the beginning of the year UM had set getting to a bowl game as its top priority, and needless to say that has been accomplished. They are now setiing their sights higher up on the horizon, as the possibilities are endless now. UM heads back to Ann Arbor for a date with lowely Mid Tenn State before diving headfirst back into conference play.
UM QB T.Forcier: 20-23 273 yds, 1 TD, 1 rush TD
UM RB K.Grady: 5 att, 34 yds 1 TD
UM RB B.Minor: 10 att 38 yds, 4 rec 64 yds
UM WR M.Odoms: 4 rec 63 yds 1TD
UM FS S.Brown: 7 tack, 2 INT, 1 INT ret for TD
IOWA QB R.Stanzi: 17-26 214 yds, 2 TD 3 INT
IOWA RB J.Hampton: 17 att 73 yds
IOWA MLB P.Angerer: 10 tack, 3 tfl
Nobody gave Mid Tenn State a chance in this one, not the media, not the fans, and most importantly not the Wolverine players or Coach Hood. We all had our sights set on the big showdown with Penn State in week 8. My boys came out strong, playing a good first half and a solid 3rd quarter as well aside from the 7 DROPPED PASSES from what was an anemic showing by the wideouts. However at the end of 3 instead of holding up four fingers for the 4th quarter, i believe my players forgot there were 6 minutes left to play and started updating their Twitter statuses. MTSU led by their aerial attack made a furious comeback, pulling to within 6 with 38 seconds remaining. The Wolverines then bailed their asses out by recovering the on-side attempt by MTSU. It was a truly pathetic performance for a team that is contending for a Conference and National Title. However Coach Hood could not be too hard on his guys afterwards, i mean a win is a win and even he was looking ahead to his plans for that night after the third quarter. Lesson learned, the Wolverines will set out to prepare for Penn State and hopefully come out focused next week.
UM RB B.Minor: 17 att 76 yds 1 TD
MTSU QB D.Dasher: 25-36 369 yds 3 TD
It was a rather cool fall afternoon in Ann Arbor, as the 10th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions took on the undefeated 6th ranked Michigan Wolverines. This game was getting top billing all throughout the week, and both teams knew they were in for a dogfight in a game that had huge implications on bowl season. The Wolverines out to prove that their close encounter with BCS death with Mid Tenn State last week was a fluke, and they did just that on this day.
The UM defense, much maligned for its awful performance the previous week played some of its best football of the season as it carreied the Wolverines to a 17-10 victory. Penn State hardly moved the ball in the first half, as the UM D was swarming to the ball. A solid effort on the ground in the first half highlited by a 49 yard scamper by FB Mark Moundros put Michigan up 10-0 heading into the half.
The Nittany Lion D got stingy in the 3rd quarter, really shutting down UM and holding them to 3 n out drives. PSU finally got on board via a 20 yard field goal with just under a minute remaining in the third. Despite the score it was a momentum boost for UM because of the goalline stand. The Wolverines took advantage of that momentum and really stuck it to the Nittany Lions when Teric Jones returned the ensuink kickoff 101 yards untouched for a TD. Penn State eventually pulled back within a TD with 3 min left, but a great grind it out drive by the Wolverines put this gam eon ice as they were able to run out the clock.
Coach Hood was ecstatic following this big victory. " Ya know last week really taught us all a lesson about focus, and we really came out here today with 1 goal on our mind and we were gonna do anything necessary to obtain that goal, and that's exactly what these kids did. I'm really proud of this bunch right here, these are a bunch of underclassmen and they are 8-0, the possibilities are endless for these guys."
Coach Hood and the gang now get set to square off with Juice Williams and the Fighting Illini in Champaign next week.
PSU QB D.Clark: 20-24 216 yds
UM FB M.Moundros: 4 att 58 yds
UM LB K.Demens: 8 tack 2 tfl
UM DT M.Martin: 6 tack 2 tfl
I heard a RUMOR that buckeyes coach Mark has worked out a deal with joe pa and is getting the in depth details of michigan plays in accordance with bring joe pa on as a advisor after he retires
I-L-L get an L
It was a chilly halloween afternoon in Champaign as the undefeated Wolverines stepped into Memorial Stadium to take on the Illini. However the trick was on the Illini as the UM treated themselves to a rather easy victory.
This game really was not as close as the final score would indicate. The UM defense was in control of the Illini offense all day as U of I didnt score an offensive touchdown until late in the 4th quarter. The Michigan offense once again was nothing spectacular but in the end they got the job done. Tate did not throw any picks and the running game was effective all day.The Fighting Illini pulled within 3 with 1:20 left, but that was as close as they would get. Yes the final was only 20-14 but it was a nice effort by the Wolverines and like i said the Illini never seemed to have a legit shot at winning this one.
UM QB T.Forcier: 9-17 121 yds 1 TD
UM RB B.Minor: 17 att 108 yds
UM LB O.Ezeh: 11 tack 1 tfl
ILL: QB J.Williams: 16-28 173 yds 1 TD
ILL DE D.Pilcher: 5 tack 3 tfl 3 sacks
haha i dont believe that 894 year old man will help much, maybe just try n sell you some of those stupid masks of his and tell some bad jokes
First off i would just like to say Noknee played great and really knows what he is doing. This was by far the best game i have played so far in NCAA10.
The Fighting Irish and the Wolverines both stepped onto the playing surface knowing that they were in for a battle and they could leave nothing on the field if they were to come away with the W and their postseason aspirations intact, and leave it all on the field is exactly what both teams did.
It was an inauspicious start for ND, as their first offensive play was a fumble returned to their own 1 yd line. UM FB Mark Moundros punched it in to give the Wolverines the early lead. Later on in the 1st ND drove the ball down the field just to have to settle for a 21 yd field goal. ND got the scoring underway in the 2nd quarter as Jimmy Clausen hooked up with Duval Kamara for a 14 yard TD. The UM offense struggled all quarter but a pick by Stevie Brown set up a 26 yard TD scamper by Brandon Minor which put UM back up on top. ND then drove the ball down getting a late field goal, 14-13 Mich at the half.
Tate Forcier struggled throughout the day and he would start the Wolverines on the wrong foot in the second half as he would throw a pick to Dan McCarthy on the first possession. ND would take advantage and Clausen would eventually hit Kamara for a 41 yard strike for his second TD of the game. Kyle Rudolph would catch a pass deep in the endzone on the 2-point conversion and the Irish would take a 7 point lead. Tate Forcier would prove his mental toughness by bouncing back and using his legs to take one in from 4 yards out on the next drive to tie the game. The third quarter would end in a 21-21 tie.
The 4th quarter is where it got real crazy. Forcier hooked up with Darryl
'stone handed" Stonum for a 40 yard TD toss to put UM up 7. ND answered that score with 1 of their own to tie the game up with 2:23 remaining. On its ensuing drive it seemed as if Forcier had done a wonderful job of pump faking th coverage as he had Martavious Odoms wide open over the middle but McCarthy(controlled by Noknne) came out of nowhere and made the pick 6 to put ND back on top with 2:06 remaining. Forcier once again stepped up and showed his ability and confidence by leading the team down the field and hooking up with Greg Mathews for a 42 yard TD pass. ND got within field goal range but a mixture of the elements, crowd, and ice the kicker all contributed to it going wide left and our game going to OT.
In OT The Fighting Irish got the ball first and would eventually be faced with a 4th n goal from the 1 situation. Clausen tried sneaking it but to no avail. On its second play, Forcier dropped back to pass but sensed the pocket was about to collapse as it so often had all day. He scrambled out to the left with the intentions of sliding back to the middle to set up a FG attempt but he saw the green pastures ahead of him and scampered into the endzone for the game winning 25 yard TD.
It was 1 hell of a game, every yard was hard earned and these two teams were very evenly matched, it could have easily gone either way. Noknee is a great coach and i wish him and his boys luck the rest of the year, just stop taking my damn recruits. Michigan now has to refocus and take care of business against Wisconsin before the big game against Ohio State.
ND QB J.Clausen: 29-40 413 yds 3 TD 1 INT
ND WR D.Kamara: 7 rec 113 yds 2 TD
ND FS D.McCarthy: 9 tack 2 INT 1 INT ret for TD
UM QB T.Forcier: 13-24 274 yds 2 TD 4 INT, 10 att 37 yds 2 TD
UM WR G.Mathews: 4 rec 103 yds 1 TD
UM FS S.Brown: 14 tack 1 INT
here is the game-winning TD
It was senior day in Madison for the Wisconsin Badgers and therefore the Wolverines knew they would have a battle on their hands from a pack of Badgers that wanted to walk off the field @ Camp Randall victorious for the last time. And a battle was exactly what they got.
Michigan played what was possibly its best all around quarter of the year in the 1st, as the offense went down the field at will scoring two touchdowns and the defense shut down the Badgers. Martell Webb and Brandon Minor both had long TDs, Webb completely embarrassed the Wisconsin defender on his. However UM QB's threw 3 picks in the 2nd, two of which were returned for six, 14-14 at the half.
The laxidasical play by UM continued in the thrid as John Clay put the Badgers up with a 9 yd TD run. However Tate Forcier gathered the troops and tied the game with a rushing TD late in the third, and a solid all around team effort in the 4th gave Michigan the victory to keep their undefeated season alive.
WISC RB J.Clay: 24 att 78 yds 1 TD
WISC FS C.Maragos: 6 tack, 2 INT 1 pick-6
UM QB T.Forcier: 13-20 192 yds 1 TD 2 INT
UM RB B.Minor: 18 att 119 yds 1 TD
UM DE B.Graham: 4 tack 3 tfl 1 sack
Undefeated no more
Both the Buckeyes and Wolverines came into this one with national title aspirations...only Ohio State would walk out with theirs intact.
The Wolverines stumbled out of the gate and were never able to recover from the early struggles. On the second play from scrimmage OSU tailback Daniel Herron busted loose for a 72 yard TD run. The Wolverine offense wasnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t able to muster anything in the first, Tate Forcier throwing picks left n right. Ohio State would be up 14-0 after the 1st, and Herron had become the first guy to rush for over 100 yards on Michigan all season...and he did it all in the 1st quarter.
The Buckeyes started off the 2nd right where the 1st ended, they were up 24-0 with 4 min remaining in the half as Herron was running at will and Forcier was turning it over at will. The Wolverines did not throw in the towel tho. After a long TD pass to Darryl Stonum, Brandon Graham returned a fumble for a TD and all of a sudden it was 24-14. Ohio State would tack on a field goal at the end of the half, 27-14 OSU at the half.
The third quarter was a defensive battle, the only points were on a 24-yard field goal for Ohio State. The Wolverine offense had their oppurtunities to pull closer here in the 3rd but just were not oppurtunistic, something that had become a staple of this UM team.
The fourth quarter started with UM punting. It was fielded at the 10 yard line and immediately fumbled, UM recovering. On the ensuing play Brandon Minor punched it in for 6 and converted the 2-point conversion. Suddenly it was 30-22 with 5:47 remaining. The Michigan D held the Buckeye O at bay, but the UM offense couldnt take advantage of their oppurtunities. Tate Forcier kept turning the ball over and missed a wide open Greg Mathews on a play that would have been over 50 yards. The Buckeyes eventually converted another field goal attempt, and that would seal the deal, 33-22 Buckeyes.
Coach Hood and his players were dissapointed in the outcome of the game but were quick to put things in perspective.."I dont think anyone thought we would be where we were coming into this game at the beginning of the year. This bunch of guys has gone above n beyond expectations for this year, and no matter what happens in th ebowl game this year will have been a major success."
OSU QB T.Pryor: 7-15 99 yds 2 INT, 22 rush yds 1 TD
OSU RB D.Herron: 20 att 164 yds 2 TD
OSU MLB E.Sabino: 7 tack 3 INT
UM QB T.Forcier: 11-23 209 yds 1 TD 6 INT
UM WR D.Stonum: 5 rec 86 yds 1 TD
UM DE B.Graham: 2 tack, 1 tfl, 1 INT, fumble returned for TD
Double OT Heart-Breaker
It was a beautiful sunny new year's day in Pasadena for the annual Rose Bowl game pitting Pac-10 champ USC against 11-1 Big-10 runner up Michigan. Neither team was known in the regular season for its explosive offense and the lack of firepower was apparent on this day.
USC got the ball first and went right down the field just to miss a field goal. The Wolverines countered by doing nothing, this was pretty much the story of the first half. USC would drive it right down the field just to either be stuffed on 4th n short or miss a field goal. The UM defense was in full "bend but don't break" mode. Tate Forcier and the offense struggled to do much of anything, score 0-0 at the half.
In the second half Michigan became the team that would march down the field just to end up coming away empty. Kicker Scott Schrimscher missed 2 second half field goals and Tate Forcier threw an INT in the end-zone. With just over a minute remaining in the game USC had an oppurtunity to take the lead with a 39 yard attempt but kicker Jordan Congdon missed, hid third miss of the day. The game went to overtime still nodded up at zero.
USC won the toss and surprisingly chose to go on offense first, a move that turned out well. They finally got the scoring underway on a 5 yard TD pass from Aaron Corp to TE Rhett Ellison. The Wolverines countered by running it right down the Trojans' throats and eventually nodded it up with a Kevin Grady rush. The Wolverines got the ball to start the 2nd OT and took it inside the USC 10. Forcier was then picked off by Kevin Thomas on a slant throw to Martavious Odoms. USC then took over and a few plays later won the game on a beautiful throw from Corp to David Ausberry.
USC QB A.Corp: 17-33 207 yds 2 TD
USC RB CJ Gable: 30 att 107 yds, 5 rec 44 yds
USC DE E.Griffen: 8 tkls 3 tfl 3 sacks
UM QB T.Forcier: 14-26 126 yds 2 INT
UM RB B.Minor: 24 att 99 yds, 3 rec 11 yds
UM DR R. Van Bergen: 8 tcks 2 tfl 1 sack, fumble rec
Here is the game winning TD pass
Sounds like a game of missed opportunities, that game ending catch was ridiculous. It's too bad USC beats another Big Ten team.
Yep, you hit the nail on the head right there. My anemic offense just couldnt come through and it was really dissapointing since i had been an oppurtunistic team all year and then it all dissapeared my last 2 games. The offensive struggles all year took its toll, that was the worst NCAA offensive team i have ever had. I am overhauling the offense and some returning starters very well might not start next year
That pass was straight up CPU cheese right there. If that was one of us it would have just dropped off the hands like it was nothing.
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