Mike Hart is not only the best bach in Michigan history is one of the best leaders this team has ever had. He, by force of will, turned this team around this year before the ND game. At the half – 4,534 carreer yards. Congratulations Mike!
1st Half: NW figured out how to stop Hart/zone blocking of Michigan and a lackluster defense was on the field in the first half. This team will lose to Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin. 2nd Half: Chad steps in and stays in (thank god) and opens up the play book. The “Hart left; Hart left; Hart left” offence of Mallett is opened up with some great plays to Manningham and Arrington (combined for 17 catches for 210 yards). Crable had a great second half firing the D up to step up their game resulting in 4 sacks for 29 yards, 2 fumbles, and 3 interceptions. Go D!! This team has a chance to beat Wisconsin and Michigan State (game I am now watching). I an still not sure about Purdue or Ohio State – it depends if we bring our A game for 4 quarters… Interesting milestones this week
Chad had a great game today going 18 for 27 for 193 yards, 3 TDs and no INTs. Henne passes Navarre for highest all time career TDs with 75 vs. 72 – starts the discussion of does Henne belong in the top all time QBs for Michigan.
Hart passes Morris with another 100 plus yard game with total career yards 4,440 to be #2 all time ball carrier for Michigan and only 32 yards behind the A-Train for the career rushing record. He is a legitimate Heisman candidate and arguably the best all around back Michigan has ever had. Hart now holds the Michigan record for 100 plus games at 24 and now close to 900 carries without a fumble – unbelievable!
It seems like Michigan should get ranked back in the top 25 after this week. Likely 25-23. The stats on defense are remarkable from the time English laid the law down on Crable to step up.
Michigan’s defense has given up just 16 points in two games after allowing 73 against Appalachian State and Oregon. Is the difference the seniors stepping up (Hart, Long, Crable) or is it not having to face the spread? Either way, Michigan has to ranked above Penn State. Michigan should be in the top 25.
By the way – what do you make of App St. going down to Wofford. WHO???
This was a great game by the defense and Hart/Long. Crable had another great outing leading the defense. Penn State was not the 10th best team in the country to be sure. JoPa cannot be happy about being 0-9 against Michighan. It is not often that I would say Carr has someone’s number, but he has done a great and consistent job vs. the Lions. Mallett had a solid outing with only a couple of mistakes – which is great for a second start for the freshman. For a guy who is 6’7” and 250 lbs – this kid can move. His scramble and throw to Manningham with one minuite to go was awesome. It will be interesting to see if he starts again next week. The next four games should be wins – the next big test will be MSU at East Lansing.
Satisfying win over what was clearly an overrated PSU team. For a program as proud as PSU, it has to be frustrating to lose 9 straight to anybody. They had some chances in this year’s UM game, but a fumble, a holding penalty and a missed WR cost them points on 3 different red zone drives. Unfortunately for them, the PSU offense clearly lacks the outstanding talent to overcome crucial mistakes. This offense will struggle against the Wisconsin and OSU defenses also. In fact, despite what appears to be a very good defense, this PSU team looks to be no better than the 4th or 5th best team in the Big 10.
From the other perspective, UM did only what was required to win. UM wasn’t pretty on offense. But, thanks to the best UM RB since Tom Harmon (Hart), they generally controlled tempo and got 1st downs when they needed them. Carr is clearly not comfortable taking much risk with Mallett, but it’s difficult to fault that strategy given that UM is 2-0 with the freshman. I couldn’t help but think that UM would have won this game by at least a couple of TDs with a credible passing threat in a healthy Henne.
On the other side of the ball, the Michigan D again looked killer against a conventional offense. We should expect them to have as much success against similar schemes (see Wisconsin).
Either way, the UM team looks to have recovered some confidence. I would hope that we can book wins over Northwestern and EMU over the next 2 weeks. The question is: can Ron English figure out the spread offense before Purdue comes into Ann Arbor on 10/13?
Russell Crowe has now jumped on the UM bandwagon. Here he is prowling the sidelines at the ND game on Saturday. Question: How can we fire a head football coach who counts an A-list celeb among his friends?:-) jnavin