Observations on the win over
1-Wow! What a hit by Shazor, and
what quickness and speed by Hall to recover the ball before it
went out of bounds. If one looks at the replay, Hall broke towards
the ball just as Shazor laid the lick on Bryant. This was a huge
hit and a huge win, and certainly well-deserved. It would have
been a shame if Purdue had won the game after we outplayed them
all four quarters. We won because we were more physical than them!
Hats off to the Wolverines! It was a great team victory!!!
2-We created four (or five if you
count the last drive) red zones for 16 points, and they created
one for 7 points on their first drive in the first five minutes
of the game. They have two turnovers, and we had one; this turned
out to be the difference.
3-Our defense held Orton to only
14 of 30 for 213 yards, 1 TD, 1 pick, 13 first downs (4 in the
second half), 3 sacks and only 263 yards in net offense. I believe
our defense forced them into six "3 and outs." They
were 3 of 15 in 3rd down conversions, and Void had 48 yards in
20 carries. Purdue had only 50 net rushing yards on the ground,
this should keep us #1 nationally. Defense was led by Reid with
9 tackles and Woodley with 2 sacks and a forced fumble amongst
his 4 tackles. Bryant had 4 catches, but was literally crushed
by Shazor after his last catch; Jones had the big play over McClintock
with a 63 yard TD catch and run. Stubblefield was held to one
catch by Jackson and company. We have forced them into 10 punts,
and we had a much better pass rush today. We did take 3 pass interference
calls (of 6 total penalties), 2 by Jackson and one by Curry, but
the tough coverage paid off. Their defense was outstanding, but
our defense held them off and won the game today.
4-Henne was 22 of 39 for 190 yards
with 1 pick and 1 TD pass to Hart. Hart had 206 yards on 33 carries.
What an amazing runner! Edwards, Avant and Massaquoi had 5 catches
each, but the Boilermakers had a great game plan in coverage and
blitzes to force us to beat them with the run. We held an 11 minute
time of possession advantage as a result, and were 6 of 18 in
3rd down conversions with 22 first downs. They have forced us
into 7 punts. Pollard had 15 tackles and Hall had 10 to lead Purdue.
Overall, we have had pretty solid pass protection, but Purdue
did sack sack Henne twice and blitzed him into several mistakes.
Our offense definitely outdid their offense. Perhaps one of the
most impressive things was no fumbles, and no turnovers at all
in the second half.
5-Rivas got the game winner with
his 3rd field goal in 5 attempts, and added an extra point for
10 total. Finley had 7 punts, four over 50 yards. Kickoff coverage
and kickoffs by Nienberg again were been excellent. Each team
blocked a field goal attempt. Breaston is scary both ways on punt
returns with 54 yards on 3 returns, but two non-recorded fumbles
(almost fumbles). Had Mason not overrun the block, he may have
been in the end zone on that last return. Give us the advantage
over Purdue in special teams today.
6-We'll smoke Michigan State at
home! After the by week, we should be able to beat a tough Northwestern
team at home. Ohio State won't be easy; they'll also blitz Henne
into mistakes and I'll guarantee they won't let Hart run for 200
yards. That one will be another low scoring dogfight in Columbus.
10-1 or 9-2 sends us to the Capital One or Outback Bowl (Georgia
or Tennessee) with Wisconsin traveling to the Rose Bowl. 10-1
could put us in the BCS mix for Fiesta or Sugar, too against Auburn
7-Those who criticize Jim Hermann
had better re-think their criticisms; it was another awesome gameplan
against Orton and their offense. He also adjusted well at halftime,
and in the second half. The defensive players executed phenomenally
except the one big play TD that kept them in the game in the second
half. This win will give us extra points for the BCS with defeating
a quality opponent.
Observations on the first half
with the Boilermakers, 10-7!
1-We created two red zones for 10
points, and they created one for 7 points on their first drive
in the first five minutes of the game. They have no turnovers,
we have one, but they did not capitalize.
2-Our defense has held Orton to
only 8 of 17 for 102 yards, 9 first downs, 2 sacks and only 135
yards in net offense. They are 2 of 8 in 3rd down conversion,
and Void has 38 yards in 12 carries. Defense has been led by Reid
with 6 tackles and Woodley with 2 sacks and a forced fumble. Bryant,
Davis and Williams have 2 catches each for Purdue as Stubblefield
has been shut out so far. We have forced them into 5 punts.
3-Henne is 13 of 22 for 127 yards
with 1 pick and 1 TD pass to Hart. Hart has 68 yards on 15 carries
and Edwards has 4 catches for only 18 yards. Hart has 3 catches,
Avant and Massaquoi have 2 each. We have nearly a 4 minute time
of possession advantage as we've been 3 of 8 in 3rd down conversions
with 10 first downs. They have forced us into 4 punts. Pollard
and Hall have 7 tackles each for Purdue. Overall, we have had
pretty solid pass protection, but Purdue has sacked Henne once.
4-Rivas got an ugly 30 yarder through
for the difference so far. Finley has been his usual self with
touchbacks on punts, a shank and a 51 yarder returned for 15 yards.
Kickoff coverage and kickoff again have been excellent. Blocked
field goal at the end of the half is a big special teams play
after we let them back downfield.
5-Dogfight and defensive struggle
to ensue. The team who adjusts the best (coaching) should have
the advantage. Orton is always dangerous and our backs are still
struggling with Jackson taking 2 pass interference penalties.
Either team can win; hopefully, we will prevail.