05 September 2009

Wolverines Thrashed by Silver Guys

Michigan, playing for the Big 10 title, could not get it done today against the silver guys from down south. This game was decided by the normally stout defense of Michigan being completely incapable of getting the silver guys off the field. The silver guys converted 11 of 13 third down conversions, including every one in the 1st half. Michigan's defense, who was ranked #2 in the country in rushing defense gave up an inexcusable 212 yards and 4 TDs on the ground. Brandon Saine would rush for 130 yards and 3 TDs while Terrel Pryor was extremely efficient, completing 17 of 19 passes.

On the other side of the ball, Michigan was unable to get their running game going as they only gained 33 yards on 14 carries. Starting QB Tate Forcier missed his 6th game in a row due to an abdominal injury so Nick Sheridan got the start. Hewas okay as he threw for 145 yards and 1 TD, but he threw his first 2 interceptions of the season as well. There really wasn't much good to say about Michigan in this game. When asked to comment coach Briggs said "This is a major disappointment for us. This game is the one I looked forward to all year. Yes we've gone from 3-9 to a much more Michigan like record. Yes we've finished tied for the Big 10 title. Yes we're going to be playing in a January bowl game. But with our inability to win this game, this season has been a failure."

Week 12 Highlights

Game Statistics
CategoryOhio StateMichigan

First Downs178
Total Offense365178
Passing YDS153145
3rd Down Conv11-133-8
4th Down Conv0-00-0
2pt Conv0-00-0
PR Yds420
KR Yds71174
Total Yards478352

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