What just happened? Did that just happen in Michigan stadium? The Oregon Ducks stroll into the Big House, push Michigan all over the field and roll up 39 points and 630 yards? They averaged 8.3 yards PER PLAY and a lot of that was garbage kill-the-clock time.
The marching band played selections from the Beach Boys at half and it was a bit fitting. The last time this team lost 4 straight games was 40 years ago at the end of the Bump Elliott regime, just a year after the release of the band’s Pet Sounds. It’s been nearly 40 years since Michigan has completed a season with a losing record and you better start to wonder if were heading there.
After two of the worst games in Michigan football history the ridicule is starting to turn to pity. The open thread at mgoblog is about to have over 1200 comments. This is officially crisis mode.
A few quick sights and sounds from inside the stadium:
– Perhaps not as bad as the drum major dropping the baton like last week, d tackle Will Johnson bit the dust near the sideline after running under the coveted M Club banner as the team took the field.
– While big Will hitting the turf was a bad sign, to me, the worst sign was Michigan failing to cover the “muddle huddle” 2 point conversion gimmick that the Ducks ran on the Blue after their first touchdown. The play is simply a hokey unbalanced formation meant to test a defense’s awareness. It’s simply a read by the pitchman to the snapper. If the defense is covering the huddle properly, the team simply lines up for an extra point as usual. If the pitchman thinks the defense is light, he calls for the ball and attempts to run it in for the conversion. Needless to say this bush league gimmick worked against the confused Michigan D.
– Wave Gone? Two games, no wave. Other than our punt team (both Mesko’s leg and our coverage), was there a better outcome of today’s game?