Saturday, September 18, 2010

Michigan hangs on to defeat UMASS

I really don't know how to put what I saw on my television screen today, because you'd thin k I would have learned my lesson after the past 3 years of watching Michigan Football.

One thing for sure, Michigan needs to forget about scheduling any more 1-AA/FCS schools on their schedule.


Now, the Wolverines won the game, yes, but 37 points allowed?
Michigan's offense missed the pre-game alarm clock going off, stumbling through most of the first half before scoring 2 TD's in the final minute of the second quarter to give the Maize & Blue a 21-17 lead after being down 17-7.

The defense never got their wake-up call, sleeping through the entire game, giving up 439 yards of offense and 37 points to the Minuteman of Massachusetts.

Shades of Appalachian State from the 2007 opener came back to Michigan fans all across the country...not again!

After the Wolverines went up 35-17, UMASS outscored Michigan 20-7 in the 4th quarter to pull within 5 points of Michigan with a little over 2 minuets left in the game.

Michigan rolled up an impressive 525 yards of total offense behind QB Denard Robinson, who passed for 241 yards, and 2 TD's, and ran for another 104 yards, scoring one TD.

Michael Shaw ran 12 times for 126 yards, one a spectacular 50 yarder, and Shaw scored 3 TD's.

After all the ups and downs of the game, Michigan emerged with a win, raising their record to 3-0, and that's ultimately what matters.

The coaching staff have their work cut out for them before the team runs out of that tunnel next week against Bowling Green.  

Giving up chunks of yardage on the ground and in the air simply cannot be tolerated at Michigan.

We, as fans, know we cannot win every game, but to get gashed at the line of scrimmage against FCS schools is unacceptable, to say the least, and D-coordinator Greg Robinson wiull have to find a way to get the defense playing hard on every down.

When the Falcons come to The Big House next week I expect the defense to play better, and they had better, because Robinson cannot continue to be counted on every single week. Someone on defense needs to take charge, and get his teammates on the same page.

Now, as I end this post, lets remember that Michigan won the game, and that's what's important. 
They're 3-0, undefeated, and a ranked team...Go Blue!

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