It’s not every season where a point comes where you just know something special is going to happen. This season a lot of folks will tell you they “just knew” after the Mallard Creek game. I’m going to tell you, that early in the season is wishful thinking at best. See the post I made after that game, http://michigan-meets-sc.com/?p=4199 . Remember Marlboro County, how’d you feel after that one? Not too good eh? It was after the Loris game I knew The Cat’s were destined to do good things. They seemed to hit a stride that night that stayed with them all the Friday nights thereafter. The team seemed to be a bit complacent after Marlboro and before Loris. LT, one of my traveling partners to the game, said that Dillon was the underdog this night. I didn’t contest that statement because I had heard so many good things about the Griffins of Fairfield Central. After all they were 13-0. Problem was someone forgot to tell them to play like the favorites. The Wildcats clicked on all cylinders from the get go and for all intents and purposes it was over at the half, even with FC being down only 21-3. In the blink of an eye into the 3rd it quickly moved to a 35-3 rout finally ending at 41-3. The Wildcat team back in 2010 didn’t, IMHO, have a weakness. This team is a close second. So many of the past title runs were a struggle, often ending in a loss. There was never that special moment when you knew. This year that all changed.
Today marks the 111th meeting of Michigan and Ohio State and no year outside of maybe 1995 did I feel going in that Michigan had little chance. Anything can happen such as it did in that 1995 game with a 13-9 win. In 1969, when Michigan upset OhioState 24-12 who was riding a 22 game winning streak, some sports writers called that upset the greatest in college football history. Looking back those teams had something going for them going into those contests. Unknowns we didn’t know until later. Today is a new chapter and we’ll see if any unknowns exist. Go Blue!
Looks to be a beautiful day in Ann Arbor. Senior Day, 17 seniors. 113,511 fans.
Michigan wins the toss and defers.
15:00 Kickoff out of the end zone, nice way to start.
14:45 Early gift of an OSU dropped pass.
14:00 OSU running game looking good early.
13:17 UM sack, nice.
12:36 Miller short run, the defense will keep us in this.
11:47 Miller hit hard, long pass, big stop.
11:39 OSU punt, fist punt on a first possession all year for OSU. Downed at the one, exactly what we don’t need. Defense did their job though.
11:13 Got to get out from under the goal post.
10:54 Nice pass for a first down, some breathing room.
10:20 Gallon 84 yards on the pass. Almost to he house. Back under the goal post, OSU goal post that is.
9:24 TD MICHIGAN, TD GARDNER. QB keeper. Michigan 7-0. Holy cow!
9:24 Where has this team been?
9:24 Kick out of the end zone again.
9:18 Defense playing great, short run Miller.
8:20 Running game may be drawing us in for the pass.
6:27 OSU running game still looking good.
5:53 Broken play, UM eats it up.
5:08 There’s the pass I was fearing, OSU 53 yards to the end zone. Tied 7-7.
5:08 Still confident in the defense regardless.
5:08 Norfleet long return negated. Damn nice return though. Needed that run. Crap!
4:42 Crazy reverse but it worked.
4:13 Always count on Dileo to do the job. Nice catch
4:00 Good job of Gardner in the pocket.
3:04 Gallon run, first and goal. Playing lights out right now.
2:11 Fitz TD on the pitch. Michigan 14-7.
1:01 Miller rush to the end zone, 53 yards, longest run against UM this year. Tied 14-14. Man they make it look easy.
:55 Still got confidence in the defense.
:49 Nice run by Green. Need to get him going. I like him in there.
:07 Great throw back to Butt. Moving the ball. Opening up the playbook some. Did not foresee this coming.
:00 End of the 1st quarter.
Start of 2nd quarter.
15:00 Funchess high jump, 30 yard pass play.
14:45 High jump corner of the end zone TD Gallon. Michigan 21-14. Made quick work of that possession. Play calling is unbelievable. Clicking on all cylinders right now.
14:00 Hugh fight on the kick return, three ejections, 2 OSU, 1 UM. Don’t like to see this.
13:17 UM sack. Cooler heads prevailing.
12:32 Pass broken up by the back of a UM head. TD saving block.
12:21 UM interception. Defense playing ball. Can they it keep it up.
12:15 Sweep by Gallon looks good.
11:47 Throw back pass didn’t work, but I like the call. Could have been big.
10:58 Penalty wipes out a good Gardner run. 3rd and 2 now 3rd and 7.
10:48 Interception dropped by OSU, almost gave it right back.
9:32 Big 37 yard pass by OSU coming back by penalty. Crowd really into it.
8:52 Miller will not make the first down, huge stop. Unsportsmanlike penalty gives OSU the first down. Keep your composure boys. Man that hurts.
7:07 Crowd doing their job, timeout OSU.
6:59 Big run by Miller called back by holding call.
6:32 TFL on Miller. UM pass coverage was good.
4:41 Nice throwback pass to Fitz.
4:15 Gardner run for the 1st down. Keep it up going into the half. No letdown.
4:14 Really nice day, clear blue sky’s, wonder what the temperature is.
4:14 It’d be nice to score something before the half.
4:10 OSU sack, did not need this!
2:41 OSU blew the play up. Come on defense.
2:33 Punt downed at the OSU 16. Got to hold until the half.
2:10 OSU going hurry up.
1:57 Big pass, OSU moving.
1:44 In FG range. We always let down before the half!!!
1:03 How did they miss the tackle on Miller? TD OSU. 21-21. We let down like usual. Still got confidence in the defense.
:58 Showing highlights of the 1969 game. UM won.
:58 Nice Green run. UM not calling timeouts.
:27 Fans not liking the not calling timeouts. BooBirds are out.
.20 This game is not going at all like I expected. We’re playing wide open like we’re capable of.
Getting the ball to start the 2nd half.
15:00 OK get the ball, good return, no fights. Out to the 25.
14:56 Funchess drops a 1st down pass. Do not start this.
14:09 OSU sack. Only a four man rush.
13:34 Good field position for OSU. OSU punt catch bobbled and recovered.
13:34 Ryan blitzes, TFL. Beautiful.
12:40 Three and out, nearly an int.
12:40 I hate commercials. Kills the momentum.
11:52 Count on Dileo. Big catch under pressure.
11:08 Gardner looking confident.
10:30 I like Green getting carries.
9:48 OSU blitzing more, Gardner still doing well with the pressure.
9:14 Penalties kills. So do fumbles, Gardner turns it over. Under review. I say down.
8:53 Call is confirmed. OSU ball at the OSU 45.
8:48 Miller on the keeper is killing us. Up the middle again.
7:40 Hyde down to the UM 4. No!
6:59 Miller in on the keeper. Saw that coming. TD OSU. Turnover came back to haunt us. OSU 28-21. Still confident in the defense. There come points in every game where you have to fight though the loss in momentum. This is one. First lead of the day for OSU. UM doing fine.
6:53 Reports are Gardner is hurt. Giving it a go though.
5:49 Gardner’s passes are sharp, another first down. Five for five right now.
4:53 Devon Smith rushes for 36 yards, Devon who? Need more of that. In the red zone. Smith’s first carry of the year.
3:32 Funchess didn’t look for the pass, missed opportunity. Gardner’s mobility may be lacking. Didn’t notice it until my wife reminded me, I’m wearing red. Red pullover. I’m not taking it off, not changing the karma. Might Jinx it, yes. UM timeout, are they thinking about going for it on 4th. 4th and 2.
3:32 Yes they are, didn’t make it. I like the call but……I wished they would have rolled Gardner out.
3:22 Hyde rips one off. I still got confidence in the defense. Hyde at 179 yards today.
2:34 Miller still running wild. Too easy.
1:05 OSU made that look easy. TD pass. OSU 35-21.
1:00 The red I’m wearing comes off.
:05 Big pass to Gallon to end the 3rd. This is a must score drive. Switch ends.
:00 End of 3rd quarter.
Start of 4th quarter.
15:00 Pass covered by #1, I thought he got thrown out of the game?!?
14:45 Fitz nice run down to the 26. Needed that.
12:45 HUGE 1st down to the 14.
11:25 Count on Dileo on the broken play. Momentum back. TD Michigan. OSU 35-28.
11:15 Got to have a defensive stop. Still got that confidence in the D.
10:53 Crowd back in it.
10:30 Hyde fumble, UM ball. Major break. Take it to them quickly. Play under review. Must be reviewing if he was down?!? I don’t think so.
10:30 Call was confirmed, Wolverine ball!!!
9:46 Another Funchess drop. TD drop.
9:37 Gardner gets us out of a jam. Good run on a busted play.
8:00 Gallon clutch catch.
6:52 OSU timeout to talk it over. 4th and 2 on the OSU 4.
6:52 Aflac! Aflac! Aflac! Aflac! Aflac Aflac Aflac!!!
6:47 Gardner run 1st down. First and goal at the 1.
5:01 Count on Butt. TD Michigan. 34-34.
5:01 Kick out of bounds, Don’t need to give up the easy yards. A football field is 54 yards wide how hard is it to keep it inside the boundary lines?
4:44 Miller big gain, don’t need that now.
3:48 OSU moving at ease, too easy. Already in fg position in four plays.
2:53 Hyde to the one. Unbelievable. Call under review.
2:41 Call is confirmed. Ball inside the UM one.
2:20 Hyde in for the OSU TD. Well at least they left time on the clock. OSU 42-35.
2:15 Norfleet kickoff return less that spectacular.
2:05 Funchess catch for a change. So many drops. Big catch.
1:46 Count on Dileo, almost to midfield now.
1:28 Count on Dileo again, first down. This guy does it all.
:55 Sack Gardner. Lost yardage and timeout. Did not need that.
:46 HUGE pass and catch by Gardner to Fitz, 36 yards. Down to the OSU 2.
:32 Funchess TD catch. TD Michigan. Are they going for two? Yes. OSU 42-41.
:32 Attempt intercepted. Damn! I’m good with the decision though, the season has been pretty much a bust, why not? OSU 42-41.
:32 Onside kick coming.
:31 OSU recovery.
:31 Victory formation.
:00 It’s over. One hell of a game. Somber looking Wolverine team going up the tunnel. They played their asses off.
Did anyone see that coming, I know I didn’t. I wanted Michigan to make it respectable, and that they did, and then some. I guess in the best rivalry in sports strange and unexpected things can and will happen. This was one of the best games in the series I’ve seen. You might say a game for the ages. Even now I’m still behind the decision on the two point conversion attempt, go for broke. What could have been. Man oh man! You got to admit it, it was exciting. Think about it, attempting a two point conversion with 30 seconds left to beat your biggest rival. Man that’s what it’s all about! That’s college football! Now that I think about it, I know what cost us. My wife’s Schnauzer was wearing his red sweater all day, thanks a lot Jake. Go Blue!