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Postby CC » Sat Sep 10, 2005 4:26 pm

Kudos to Notre Dame.

This game was very frustrating to watch for me. Hart gets hurt in the first quarter (you don't lose much w/ Grady) but the losses along the line definetely hurt Michigan's running game today. Michigan wasted 3 redzone appearances (fumble on goalline, pick on goalline, turnover on downs) and was killed by the replay (loss of ball on goalline, fumble recovery in redzone overturned). They didn't deserve to win this game but had they should have stolen one regardless. The defense was pretty solid (esp. in the 2nd half) which was the one positive I drew from this game. Do not count Michigan out, I can still see them winning the Big 10 (if Purdue and their cupcake schedule don't take it).

I still maintain my stance that Michigan is a year away.
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Postby killiansjmd » Sun Sep 11, 2005 9:24 am

ND will take care of Purdue for you in a couple of weeks!

Good matchup...like they said on College gameday, the Michigam offense was very conservative.
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Postby BaseballFann0008 » Sun Sep 11, 2005 10:14 am

My thoughts on the game...


On Notre Dame's first touchdown drive the Michigan Defense did not have that intensity and the jumping around and having 5 or 6 guys on every tackle like I have seen in the past. They where playing on their heels, and Charlie Weis exploited it with many different screens and swing passes that should of went for two yards, but instead went for 8 or 9 yards. It took Lloyd Carr a few series to fire his guys up, but when he did it was to late. Notre Dame does have a good defense, but the red zone turnovers should have been avoided by Chad Henne. Michigan though they lost played like the #3 team in the country except on two offensive plays, and one offensive series. Michigan gained more yardage for the game, but had fewer first downs. :-? This was a very interesting stat for me. Credit Charlie Weis for those 6, 7 yard plays on first fown which just completely opens up the offense on 2nd down. Michigan should have won this game, but the luck of the irish is tough to stop. Congratulations to Notre Dame, and good luck next week against Michigan State.
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Postby MadScott » Mon Sep 12, 2005 5:44 pm

I'll post this here as well, I agree with you CC, MICH is another year away. Henne looks to be a very special QB. He really impressed me the other day.

That opening ND drive on offense was a thing of beauty. It was some of the best execution that I've seen in the college game in awhile. I think Weis is on the right track at ND, that schedule ultimately is going to be too brutal this year.
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