Observations on recapturing the
Brown Jug from Minnesota, 28-14!
1-The game was a defensive struggle
in the second half; we ended up with 4 red zones for only 14 points
while the Gophers had two red zones for 7 points. Each team failed
to convert a critical second half red zone opportunity. There
were no turnovers for either side, and that was also a big factor
for both teams. Grady did fumble, but Breaston recovered. 14 minutes
time of possession advantage was most critical factor in the win
due to the net rushing advantage.
2-Henne was 18 of 25 for 291 yards
and 3 TDs, two to Arrington and one to Manningham. Arrington had
3 catches for 59 yards while Manningham had 5 for 131 yards. Breaston
added 5 catches for 49 yards and Massey had 3 catches for 15 yards.
Offense netted 511 yards, 23 first downs and was 10 of 16 in 3rd
and 4th down conversions.
3-Mr. Mike Hart had 31 carries for
194 yards, and our offense netted 221 yards in rushing on 41 carries.
Hart also grabbed a critical 31 yard pass setting up our final
red zone score.
4-Defense allowed 18 first downs
and 322 net offensive yards. Cupito was 17 of 34 for 218 yards
and two TDs to Payne who had 6 catches for 108 yards. We forced
Minnesota into 7 punts. We held Pinnix to 90 yards in 20 carries,
and only 107 net rushing yards. Defense held the Gophers to only
4 of 14 on 3rd and 4th down conversions. David Harris led the
defense with 9 tackles, but we could get no sacks on Cupito. Sherels
led both teams with 12 tackles for the Gophers.
5-Tyler Ecker missed most of the
game with an ankle sprain, Carson Butler was suspended so we are
down to Massey, Thompson and McLaurin at tight end (possibly
Will Paul could also play if needed). Morgan Trent did not play
so the internet rumors on MgoBlog were true; he must have a broken
hand. Carlos Brown played so this means he won't redshirt, and
Mister Simpson is no longer on the team with his transfer to Cincinnati.
6-Special teams were up and down.
Mesko did a nice job on 3 punts including a 54 yarder to the 8,
and two others inside the 20; one went for a touchback although
it was almost downed at the one inch line. Rivas blew a chip shot
22 yarder. Breaston had 3 punts for 5 yards and one kickoff for
16 yards. Minnesota converted an onside kick on us when Breaston
didn't handle the kick.
7-Bring on the Sparties! Got to
like our chances next week at home with our stout defense. If
we can win at Happy Valley, and win at home against Iowa; we'll
set up a probable showdown in Columbus for the Big Ten title and
possible ticket to a BCS Championship title game. We have a lot
of improvement to do though between now and then.
Observations on the first half
with Minnesota, 21-7!
1-Hart has rushed for 85 yards on
15 carries, and Michigan has netted 95 yards on 19 carries.
2-Henne is 10 of 12 for 166 yards
and 3 TDs, two to Arrington and one to Manningham. Arrington has
3 catches for 59 yards while Manningham has 2 for 56 yards. Breaston
has added 2 catches for 38 yards and Massey has 2 catches for
13 yards. Offense has 267 yards, 14 first downs and is 4 of 7
in 3rd and 4th down conversions.
3-Defense has allowed 8 first downs
and 75 net rushing yards. Cupito is 8 of 11 for 73 yards and one
TD to Payne who has 3 catches for 45 yards. Minnesota has 148
yards in total offense. Harris leads the defense with 7 tackles;
we have no sacks on Capito. Sherels leads the Gophers with 8 tackles.
4-Tyler Ecker may miss the rest
of the game with an ankle sprain, Carson Butler is suspended so
we are down to Massey and Thompson at tight end.
5-Turnovers or the lack of turnovers
will determine the outcome in the second half. We really need
to get more pressure on Cupito. Only one penalty called in the
first half, and no turnovers or special teams advantage. Mesko
had a nice 54 yard punt to the 8, but it was returned to the 21.
We have nearly a 5 minute time of possession advantage.