I’m working on a couple hours sleep after the game and hopping the first flight out of dodge, but here are a few shots from that brutal game.   A huge thanks once again to MVictors photog Kelley Kuehne for getting it done on Saturday night.

As usual I encourage reuse and republication, I just ask you give credit and a link.  If you are looking for a higher resolution copy (Mrs. Lewan), send me an email.

Shane Morris warmup

Michigan cheerleader backflip

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Greg Mattison

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THC!

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Jeremy Gallon

Jon Falk final game

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Shane Morris snap

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Devin Gardner 98

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 IMG_7638 cloaking devicewhen KSU stole our cloaking device :(

Michigan defensive signs ?I have no idea

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 Shane Morris in huddle

 IMG_8466 Hayes 2 pt

 Devin Funchess

 Shane Morris and Devin Gardner

 Lewan with his Moms

Lewan and his moms after the game, grabbing her baby boy above, Lewan giving her his helmet below.  Here’s a montage.

Moms

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 Brady Hoke press conference

 

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As someone covering the history of this program I always love it when I see historic events unfold before us, and fortunately I get to see a lot of that following Michigan.  Saturday was an all-timer and yes, I’m one of those people who can enjoy an epic game even if we come out on the wrong side.  

While many of you who watched the twists (and the result) of the 2000 Northwestern game no doubt hurled a remote or two during the game, I was in Evanston that day and while I was frustrated at times, in the end I was fine knowing I witnessed one for the ages.  Damn I wish we had that two-point conversion back but I’m fine, even good.  Most of all now I’m actually a little excited to see the bowl game and I’m not sure I could say that before kickoff.  

To the questions on the collective mind:

> Should we have gone for 2?  I liked the call, and I have trouble finding fans who disagree.  I know you are out there, but it feels like most everyone liked the balls and more importantly, the call.  If anything we should have gone for two earlier in the game as the nerds will tell you.

> Like the play?   I think most fans did not like the call, I get that, and I didn’t watching it live upstairs.  That said, when I watched the replay I think if Devin throws it half a second earlier and a little more outside it might have been there.    All this said, I probably would have spread things out and gave Devin a few options.

More stuff:

History Notes > from mgoblue:

  • Gardner upped his season passing yards to 2,960 to move to second among Michigan’s all-time leaders in the category. He trails only record holder John Navarre (3,331, 2003).
  • Gallon has posted a reception in 38 straight games, tying Edwards (2001-04) for the Michigan program record. He owns 5+ catches in seven consecutive games.
  • Gallon moved to fourth among Michigan’s all-time career reception leaders with 164, passing Steve Breaston (156, 2003-06) and Anthony Carter (161, 1979-92).

NOT Shutout Streak > Thanks to Craig at HSR for following this little nugget, but with the first score against the Buckeyes on Saturday Michigan now holds the longest string of games without being shutout at 362, passing BYU’s 361 from 1975-2003

Mmmm Shoes  > Those shoes!  Uniform timeline updated

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Mood >  The Mood is my simple/crude measure of how great it truly is at a given point in time to be a Michigan Wolverine.   For the first time after a loss, the Mood goes up this week:mood I understand that’s not how everyone feels and this could even imply the fanbase considers Saturday a moral victory, but there you go.

Photos Galore > Much more on these pages including more epic photos here and here and here.  
On Honoring Falk, Beckmann, and Madej > here.
Sap’s Decals > here.

 

Elsewhere:
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Maize and Blue NationDefeated but not BeatenPhotos including this one:

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For good reason we spend so much energy talking offense and defense, but you have to take a moment and acknowledge what happened with the special teams unit on Saturday.  Offhand that was most complete special teams performance I can recall and if not, definitely the most significant as it relates to the outcome of a game.   In the slippery & windy conditions, to cleanly execute all those kicks (save the long FG), punts, catches and coverage during the game was exceptional.  If Northwestern blew this game by not hanging onto the ball, the difference for Michigan was the play of special teams.

The coaches of have taken a beating since week 3 so give STC Ferrigno and Hoke major credit for the military-style discipline and execution by the special unit throughout the game…all the way to the wire:

Hoke called that one of the best single football plays he could remember.  While we’ve seen several ridiculous individual plays over years (and Hoke was there for the best–Woodson’s ‘97 pick at MSU), based on the number of variables that had to cleanly function and fall in place in those few frantic seconds it’s hard to argue with him.   You’ve heard now that Michigan practices that every week, & Gardner joked postgame that he appreciated that they finally got to use it after all the time spent working on it.   Credit Hoke for having those guys prepared and credit the 16+ players involved to make that happen.  Misc:

Poor Fitz – Man, it’s hard not to feel for Pat Fitzgerald, especially after I got to know that cat a little better via Fourth and Long.   This season has been a disaster for him and of course Michigan’s done a number on him a few years in a row now.   I don’t know how many times his team dropped the ball, but there had to be at last 5 bungled interceptions including a few that would have been certain pick 6s –and one absolute gimme in overtime that would have won the game.  On top of that, Funchess’ fumble in overtime looked to be sitting right there for Northwestern to end the game but somehow #87 got it back.  

Fitz, for a couple reasons you are hereby forgiven for the Fitzspaz dance last season:

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Mood:  Sure, it says something that beating a winless divisional opponent can boost our collective spirits but today, say it with me—–>  it’s better-than-a-kick-in-the-giblets…TO BE…A MICHIGAN WOLVERINE:

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Starbutts > I got some great comments on Twitter after I blasted out this pic of the Northwestern uniforms pregame:

Northwestern Uniforms 

Naturally much of the Twitter snark focused on the star-spangled posterior region.  Winner:

the Butts A gem served up by mgo-Ace:

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And in another weird chapter of the strange synchronicity that to me, permeates Michigan football [the previous chapter was me, four days after the Michigan State snuff-out riding on a three hour flight back from Florida seated next to MSU DC Pat Narduzzi.  Really.] ..check out this tweet from mgo-Heiko:

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That of course was a joke…dropped during last season’s NW game at the Big House…and it undeniably provided the spark that inspired the 2013 Wildcat butt flag pants. 

This guy is thinking ahead for when Michigan and NW meet on the hardwood:

1 Better USA uniform/reading text on his phone: DUDE! SOME DUDE JUST TWEETED OUT A PIC OF YOU IN YOUR SHIRT DUDE

The biggest disappointment of the trip was BTN’s J Lehman not rocking “the” tie on this stars-and-stripes-drenched day.   He was just about the only thing out there not in red, white and blue.

> Pregame Lore – Yes, it was pregame warm-ups but I’ll note it nonetheless.  Standing about 4 yards inside the south endzone goal line, backup P/K Kenny Allen punted a ball about 80 yards in the air & after a decent bounce it came to rest about 3 yards in the north endzone.  

> History notes from #1000SSS:

• With the win, U-M improved to 9-2 all-time in contests decided by overtime.

• Today’s triple-overtime matches the second-longest contest in program history. U-M also went to three overtimes against Michigan State on Oct. 30, 2004 (a 45-37 victory), and vs. Illinois on Nov. 6, 2010 (a 67-65 win). This season’s four-overtime game at Penn State on Oct. 12 is the longest game in school history.

• After hauling in 10 receptions for 115 yards, fifth-year senior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon became the 10th player in program history to post 1,000 receiving yards or more in a single season. He is the Wolverines’ first 1,000-yard receiver since Mario Manningham (1,174) accomplished the feat in 2007.

• With seven stops at Northwestern, junior linebacker Desmond Morgan has tallied four or more tackles in 25 straight regular season contests.

833 Fandom Endurance.  I feel like I deserve something.  Sap?  

I started my 4+ hour trek to watch two struggling teams at 8:33.5 AM Saturday (as witnessed by my MaraWatch, left) drove to Evanston, called the Gibby kick good, covered the postgame,  posted some blurry photos, weaseled out of Chicago via Lake Shore Dr. and drove back home.  I pulled back in my driveway at around 1:20AM Sunday.  Badge me!

 

 

My blogger brethren (who collectively wussed out and didn’t go to the game and therefore no badge for you):

Maize & Blue NationMichigan 27 Northwestern 19:
mgoblogAce “Thank you, Northwestern, for being Northwestern.”
Touch the BannerJeez man:

Fire Brady Hoke? Okay, I would probably never call for a head coach’s firing based on one play, but I have rarely been angrier at a single in-game decision than Hoke’s call to go for it on 4th-and-2 down 9-6 with a little under six minutes remaining in the game.

I couldn’t believe he went for it either.

Maize and Blue News.  Five Plays that changed the game.

 

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Damn I wanted Denard, Treezy and crew to go out on a big note but it wasn’t to be.  Michigan fans know this game can be brutal and there you have it.   USC doesn’t convert on that fourth sad denard down late in the game, or even if we wrap up Shaw and bring him down on a couple late scrambles, and it’s surely over. 

I thought the defense was just inches away for sealing this game against a team we probably shouldn’t have beaten.   Give Gardner credit for generally remaining cool and getting the team down the field for the go ahead score.  Lewan overall did a fine job on Clowney. 

This game will be remembered for Clowney’s bomb blast, the back-and-forth nearly four hour battle and it being Denard’s finale.   It was fun to be down there in the fourth quarter to watch it play out but it was just heartbreaking watching the team creep off the field and sulk during the postgame.  

For a team with no running back and a depleted secondary they still had the chance to do some great things this year but really didn’t.  The highlight of the season has to be squeaking by a very mediocre Michigan State team and there’s no way 8-5 can be considered anything but a disappointment despite facing 4 of the best teams in football this year all on the road.  

Michigan teams and championship teams have depth.  One man goes down, the next guy takes his post and performs.   They are not there yet but you see a broad foundation of young guys on the team and coming.  

I had a photographer on the pitch for the first time and loved the results.  We went through them pretty rapidly so I’ll probably post some more.  Check them all out here:

Outback Bowl 2013 – 2nd Half Photos      Outback Bowl 2013 – Postgame

Outback Bowl 2013 – First Half Photos      Outback – Pregame Shots

More Sight and Sounds:

Raymond James – Loved the layout of the stadium, at least from my view (and I’ve heard complaints from those inside, so..yeah).  That said, the scoreboards are atrocious and it was tough to find a decent down and distance, but I love how they handle the ends of the field and the pirate ship and the beer garden feel.  Here’s a panoramic, click to expand:

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Aboard the SS Big Clownin’ before the game:

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Clowney Don’t Play That – I was behind the Carolina bench heading toward that end of the field when big Clownin’ dropped that bomb.  It sounded like an absolute cannon shot – never heard anything like it.   Here’s Clowney on the bench right after that bomb cooling off:

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The Track – While the grass was really tightly cut it it was actually pretty damp on the pitch before the game – I assume they hosed it down in the morning.  Denard slipped several times trying to cut and while obviously both teams faced the same conditions, it seemed Michigan had more trouble. 

Hey Sixteen – Several of the USC coaches (I didn’t see Spurrier) approached Denard after the game and congratulated him on his career.  Each one referred to Denard as “16”.

Look for Dreadlocks – As soon as the players took the field it was clear you couldn’t read the Michigan numbers from upstairs.  It was a little better closer to the field but it was brutal.  Here’s a decent representation of what it looked like from up top:

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Comfy and shoelaceless:  Denard’s cozy slippers, perhaps a Christmas gift?

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  • Congrats seniors.  Here is Denard and Kovacs getting wrapped up by Coach Hoke, how shows a little one handed ceremonial ball security.

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    Here’s a look at the custom made pigskins they received.   Kovacs indeed had a #11, not a 32, on his ball.  Here’s how they looked FWIW:

    Senior Day Footballs - Custom Made

    One more: here’s Denard tapping the banner for the last time, but check out Treezy with 180 of his 360 degree leap (thanks for nothing, zebras):

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    While Treezy’s ridiculous catch will naturally be the play everyone remembers, that comeback required quite a couple mistakes by Northwestern and few great plays to set up Gardner’s heave and of course to win the game in overtime.  

    First, let me grab my retro-spectacles to ensure my vision is 20-20.  That’s better…I can see clearly now.   For openers, Northwestern took that delay of game penalty on 4th down on the U-M 44.  They should have just punted it there and not sacrificed the five yards.  Then, with the ball at midfield, the punter hit a short, line-drive right into Gallon’s hands which is just about the worst thing that can happen.  I’m assuming that Fitz told his punter to get the ball off quickly to avoid a block, but Hoke outflanked him by setting up the return to the surprise of a few folks including Brian Griese up in the ESPN booth.   Then Treezy somehow was singled covered down the field before the lucky tip and the epic grab.  

    To Michigan’s credit, props to Hoke for calling the punt return.  Heck, he even putting an extra man back there instead going with the block.  Next, after Roundtree’s grab, cheers to the offense for getting down the field and lining up so quickly to set up the spike to kill the clock.  Finally, was anyone out there really worried about Gibby’s kick?  He’s been in that situation so many times and is absolute money– we’re actually taking the guy for granted.

    Misc, Misc, Misc, et cetera:

    KD Dang! Is it me, or was that a bizarre formation on the final play of the game?  Brian will explain it I am certain.  In any case you can’t argue with the results:

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    Snot locker! 

    Cheers to you.  Once again #1000SSS did a very nice job with the Legends presentation.    But the big props goes to fans in attendance.  I wander up to the photo deck to catch the pregame activities and the roars The Ox received when Grapes announced he was at midfield was amazing.  Nicely done.  Here’s are all the #11s on the field once again:

    #11 Wistert Brothers - Michigan 

    Five Decades.  Speaking of the banner, Happy 50th Birthday to you—here’s ‘Lace and Treezy  and the new #11 – Capt. Jordan Kovacs — leading the way:

    GO BLUE banner turns 50 - Denard Robinson, Roy Roundtree

    Tweet:  mgo-Heiko noting we’ve seen this act before:

    heiko

    Maintain your Dignity.  I still have a lot of respect for Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern, and I would have been cool if he was the guy who replaced Rich Rod…but this was grass eating weird, gobble gobble turkey weird.  I spotted his sarcastic(?) little dance from the south end zone and while I was 99% sure I had to ask the dude next to me, “Is that Fitz?”  

    Pat Spazgerald Did Mike Tyson bite his ear off?   And BTW that looked like a complete crap call anyway.   Maintain your dignity, homes.

    Willie’s Head.  I got a little too close to Willie the Wildcat before the game and so did Brad from MBN:

    Willie the Wildcat via Brad at Maize and Blue Nation 

    I can confirm, as the Sklar Brothers know, that the inside of Willie’s furry head smells like Doritos, Jagermeister and broken dreams. 

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    Maize and Blue Nation photos and UMGoBlue photos.  Dell killed it on this one.  Walk off shot:

    Devin Gardner Touchdown - Dell Callihan - UMGoBlue.com - 2012 
    Does the pylon make a ‘ting!’ sound like tapping a wine glass?

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  • It’s a first class operation here in New Orleans.  Follow me on Twitter for coverage tomorrow.   Here’s a couple photos from today’s press conference and the full transcript.  Beamer and Hoke sharing a chuckle, looking sharp:

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    Here’s a look at the Sugar Bowl trophy:

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    Full transcript from the press conference today:

    THE MODERATOR: We’ll go ahead and get started with coach Brady Hoke, Michigan head coach.

    Coach, just a few thoughts on how your preparations have gone for the game, and we’ll open the floor for questions.

    COACH HOKE: Well, first, on behalf of the University of Michigan and Team 132, our kids, the staff, trainers, the marching band, everybody, we can’t tell you how thrilled we are to be here and how much we appreciate the great hospitality the city of New Orleans has given us and the Bowl committee, the Sugar Bowl committee, and all their people and their efforts. It’s been great.

    I want to thank Tulane and the opportunity to use their facilities. They were tremendous, and really as a team I think we’ve had good preparations starting back in Ann Arbor, navigating finals and all those things that are a part of it.

    And then coming down here, I think our team has really done well. I think we’ve gone out every day and competed. I think we’ve had a focus and an intensity.

    And so we’re excited. And I think, like everybody, we want to kick it off and play the football game.

    THE MODERATOR: Questions?

    Q. With this being your first year, how much of this team has your fingerprints on it versus what you just had to use because this is what the old regime had?

    COACH HOKE: This is our seniors’ team. It’s not Brady Hoke. It’s our seniors. And what those fourth? and fifth?year guys have done, how they have managed this football team and their expectations.

    It is never about the coach at Michigan. It’s never about anything but Michigan and the guys who are playing.

    Q. There’s obviously a disparity, experience?wise, between yourself and Coach Beamer. Can much be made of that? Or obviously the game’s going to be played on the field between the players, but can much be made of that, I guess, in terms of preparation or anything like that?

    COACH HOKE: You know, I don’t know. I think there’s always ?? the more you have experience at something, you probably tweak it and figure out a few more things.

    But we are a pretty seasoned staff, when you look at us from guys who have coached in a lot of Bowl games, a lot of different teams. So we always have great input on preparation and are we doing enough or are we not doing enough and those kind of things.

    But I would think that there’s something to having those years of experience and the quality of coach that Coach Beamer is.

    Q. I know you talked about this being for your seniors and the end of the line, but how much thought have you given to that Alabama game next September in Dallas?

    COACH HOKE: You know what, really not much. You know, we gotta finish this one off. And that will be a great opener for us a year from now.

    But right now we’ve got to finish off ?? we started it, and so we need to finish it.

    Q. Coach Beamer talked about all the things that winning a Bowl, a BCS Bowl, does going into talking to people in the off?season and getting ready for spring ball. Can you talk a little bit about what that would mean?

    COACH HOKE: Well, you know, I think there’s a momentum that any team has when you win that last opportunity you have to play.

    I think there’s something to be said for that. You’re on a national stage. The only game in town. And so people who love and have a passion for college football, they’re going to take notice.

    Q. Obviously in your first year you got your players you recruited so they don’t necessarily lend themselves to the system that you want to run, particularly Denard Robinson. Talk about how you’ve tweaked your offense a little bit so you’re able to use his dynamic way that he plays football.

    COACH HOKE: You know, Al Borges, our offensive coordinator, is a very smart man. He’s coordinated a lot of different places. I think we have a system that we’re working towards. But I think Al’s really done a great job on the different things that Denard ?? because of what he brings to the table, his athleticism, I think, you know, and how he’s progressed in what we’re doing.

    I think he’s a big part of what we want to do as a football team. And I think we’re smart enough to know that we’ve got a pretty good football player there, so why not utilize what he does well.

    Q. Brady, the defensive improvement you guys made this year is well documented. What ?? when you first came in with your staff and Greg Mattison, what was the biggest and first thing you had to change about the defensive mentality?

    COACH HOKE: You said it there at the end. There’s a mentality and an expectation, and there’s a pride ?? and coaching there at Michigan before, there’s a pride that you play Michigan defense and Michigan football.

    And, you know, the scheme was different. Personnel was a little bit used differently. But I think all those guys on defense are such good teachers from a fundamental and technique standpoint and expectations that our guys hear every day of how you play Michigan football.

    And then it’s really up to those guys, the Mike Martins, the Woolfolks, and Van Bergens and the guys who are the leaders on that defense and everything that they’ve done.

    Q. Coach, being a Ohio native coaching at Michigan, you were an assistant at Michigan before taking the head coach job, does that offer anything interesting? Does that come up in the process and coaching there?

    COACH HOKE: No, not really. Michigan’s had some pretty good Ohio coaches as assistants. And a guy name Schembechler wasn’t bad. And, believe me, there’s no near comparison, but it’s still the greatest rivalry in the sport, that game.

    So it’s a lot of fun.

    Q. Brady, you talked about ownership. And how long did that process take for your seniors to really take hold of the team, especially with you being a new coach and you wanted to put your footprint on the program?

    COACH HOKE: Well, you know, again, our seniors, you know, we communicate a lot. We talk a lot. We do leadership seminars all during the second semester with our seniors and talk about leadership and influence and what it is. And those have all helped. Coach (Aaron) Wellman and I run those. And guys really being committed to each other, it’s a big part of it, and respecting each other, and that’s what they’ve done.

    Q. Have you thought of the prospect of Denard Robinson playing on field turf in the Superdome? And also, seriously, do you feel like you’ve had enough time to get used to the Superdome as Virginia Tech practiced three times last week?

    COACH HOKE: I hope so. I think we had a pretty good practice when we went over there the other day. We do more than walk?through today; we practice. And so we’ll get some work in there again. And the turf and the field itself is in great shape and it’s a great turf. And Denard would be fine, I think.

    Q. I know you’re a little reluctant to look ahead. But next year with Ohio, would you like to say in transition, Penn State in transition, Wisconsin and Michigan State losing their quarterbacks, is there a window of opportunity for Michigan, you’re going to be good anyway, but to be in that national championship picture?

    COACH HOKE: Oh, I don’t know about that. We really ?? you know, every team’s different. We’re going to find out a lot about Team 133 and the seniors who are going to lead that team.

    We’re going to have some holes to fill, like everyone does, and I think once we get through spring, I think we’ll have an idea where we’re at.

    Q. Frank was in here talking about his first few years at Virginia Tech, it took some time for him to get that rolling. At Ball State it took some time for you to get that rolling. Do you see in college football now where administrators are just less patient and guys aren’t getting a fair shake?

    COACH HOKE: Well, you’re probably going to have to ask the administrators that. It’s part of what college football is to some degree, with what have you done lately. And just how it is. I mean, but certain places have a different philosophy at times. Certain places don’t.

    It’s all part of it. And I can’t judge if you get enough time, don’t get enough time.

    Q. If you guys win this game, would you say Michigan is back as far as the national, the national attention that you guys would get going into the off?season?

    COACH HOKE: I don’t think Michigan ever left. There was some ?? maybe a lean year or two. But Michigan was always Michigan. And will be.

    So Michigan never left.

    Q. You’ve talked a lot about how your nerves mostly come out in the days leading up to a game and that you’re mostly calm on game days. Do you expect that to still be the case tomorrow?

    COACH HOKE: It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be a lot of people cheering and it’s going to be bands there and people are going to have fun.

    Q. I don’t know if you’ve been asked this question, but what is your definition of a Michigan man?

    COACH HOKE: It’s always been a guy who plays at Michigan who has got a toughness to him in how he plays the game. He’s got a tremendous respect for the University of Michigan and his teammates. A guy who has got integrity, and a guy who has character.

    Q. Team 132, seems like I’ve heard that from you quite a bit over the course of the season. Is that something you just started at Michigan or Ball State where you started talking about Team 78, Team 79?

    COACH HOKE: We’ve always numbered our teams. At Ball State, whatever those numbers were, and San Diego State, and Coach Carr kind of indoctrinated me into that when he was the head coach at the University of Michigan. And it’s about a legacy as a senior class.

    And it’s about that team, because you’re remembered. This team has a chance to be the fifth Michigan team to win 11 games. And that’s significant. And it’s significant for those seniors. And so we’ve always done that.

    Q. You said Michigan never left, so Michigan can’t be back, but is it safe to say there are some elements that are back that were maybe gone, such as physical play and toughness up front along the lines?

    COACH HOKE: We hope so. It’s something we’ve always wanted to ?? that we believe in, and that’s what we believe Michigan football has been for many, many years.

    Q. Is the goal against a team like Virginia Tech, with the team speed issue, is that going to be an emphasis for you guys in the future in recruiting to try to get faster to have greater team speed?

    COACH HOKE: I think everybody wants to have speed. It’s the balance between the physicalness and the speed that you want.

    So, yeah, I think everybody wants to have team speed. And I don’t know how fast we are or how unfast we are.

    THE MODERATOR: Thank you, Coach.