Saturday, October 19, 2013

No Defense? Apparently No Problem: Michigan beats Indiana 63-47

Jeremy Gallon who had a record setting 14 reception
for 369 yards and 2 TDs in today's game.  Photo from
The Detroit Free Press.

I am watching the Michigan vs. Indiana game on the Big Ten Network.  The score is Michigan 49, Indiana 47 and there is 10:53 left in the 4th Quarter.  Michigan has amassed the most yards ever in a game which was 504 a few plays ago.  Together the two teams have posted over 1,000 yards.  Clearly, by the end of the game, the teams will have amassed over 100 points.  

Michigan was on the verge scoring.  The ball was on the three yard line and fumbled.  This is the second turnover of the game for Michigan, the first was also a fumble on a pitch-out.   Indiana being gracious returned the favor by letting Michigan intercept a pass and return it to the Indiana 6.  So net-net it was a loss of two yards.

What is the point of this posting besides blogging real time on what is a very exciting game?  The point is DEFENSE.  I miss the stone wall, bone crushing, shut-em-down defenses of the not too distant past.  

Michigan just scored making it 56-47.  They have 668 total yards and there is still 5:32 left in the game.  Crazy.

Our defense is better than it was in the Rich Rod era.  But, it is not what most Michigan fans want.  Heck, I am sure it not what Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke and Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison want.  Last week Penn State handed Michigan its first loss of the season in quadruple overtime:  43-40.

Indiana is running on Michigan with 3:16 left in the game.  If they score, they score they will no doubt go for an onside kick.  

Penn State scored 40 points on Michigan.  They had 20 first downs and amassed 390 yards of which 305 were passing.  Michigan had an opportunity to stop them on the final drive of regulation time.  They did not.

Michigan just intercepted Indiana for the second time.  They are moving the ball on the ground and a surprise pass.  There is 2 minutes left in the game.

Last week Michigan had the chance to win twice in two of the four overtimes.  They could not kick a field goal.  The play calling was conservative leading up to the missed and blocked field goals.  They were playing for the field goal instead of getting first downs.  Coaching and play calling was partially responsible for losing the game.

That was not really the case in today’s game.  There was no room, time, nor opportunity to be conservative in this barn burner.  That pass was a surprise because everyone, including yours truly, thought Michigan would simply try to run out the clock.  The coaching staff, thankfully, knew better and knew they had to get first downs to keep the potent Indiana offense off of the field.  So, they threw a pass, where last week they would have run the ball, and it surprised everyone including Indiana.  


Michigan just scored making in 63-47.  751 total yards.  

There is no way Indiana can win.  There is 4 seconds left and Indiana is 4th and 10 on the Michigan 29.  But there is no quit in this Indiana team.  The final score was Michigan 63, Indiana 47.  

There was 1,323 yards of offense in this game and 110 total points scored.  Michigan had a record of 751 yards offense.  The coach of Indiana has admitted that he wants to win with offense.  He just wants to score points and believes he and his team can score more points than their defense will give up.  

This was a great win in a very exciting game.  Indiana is a rejuvenated team and will give their opponents fits moving forward.  This all being said, I still miss the bone crushing, brick wall, stop them in their track defense.

Here is the box score from this historic game that resulted in several records for offense:



IND
MICH
1st Downs
28
35
3rd down efficiency
8-14
7-11
4th down efficiency
0-1
1-1
Total Yards
572
751
Passing
410
503
Comp-Att
24-43
21-29
Yards per pass
9.5
17.3
Rushing
162
248
Rushing Attempts
33
54
Yards per rush
4.9
4.6
Penalties
3-20
4-15
Turnovers
2
2
Fumbles lost
0
2
Interceptions thrown
2
0
Possession
21:26
38:34

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