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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Michigan - 47, Notre Dame 21...I'm speechless!

I'll be the first to admit it: I was a doubter.

I didn't think Michigan would come out on top today. I didn't believe the offense would be able to throw downfield with any consistency. I didn't think the defense would be able to stop the big play.

I was all wrong. Wonderfully, wonderfully wrong.

In my opinion, this is the best Michigan has played against a top team - start to finish - since the '97 Penn State game when they went into Happy Valley and smacked the #2 ranked Nittany Lions.

This team showed so much, I don't know where to begin. So I won't right now. Instead, I'm going to savor it and watch every damn college football show on earth tonight.

Leave your comments. Would love to know what others thought.

GO BLUE!

P.S. Ok, anybody else besides me, after all the blown leads last year, still squirming a bit when it was 40-21 with five minutes left and they had the ball (coupled with the fact that apparently looking at a Notre Dame player once he goes out of bounds is considered at late him)? I wasn't fully, 100% comfortable until Lamar Woodley rumbled down the field there at the end, giving us the final score.

P.P.S. Somewhere out there, Chad Henne's old high school coach is saying screaming, "Now THAT was fucking pride!"

73 comments:

Anonymous said...

I loved it. I've been waiting years for a big Michigan win. Now im just curious how far will Michigan go up in the polls and how far will Notre Dame go down? Any chance Michigan will be higher ranked?

Yost said...

Knowing the love of Notre Dame, they'll probably drop from #2 to #3.

Scalzi said...

Felt the same way until ND turned the ball over on 4th down. Had that bad feeling in the pit of my stomach from the end of 1st quarter.
UM looked great today .. great win for the wolverines, I'm in my glory. Great gameplan and execution.
I hope it will last the season.

and .. I made a bet at work, and a co-worker has to wear my foam wolverine-head all day Monday. Tooooooo sweet.

Go Blue.

Lichty said...

Watch all the college football shows you want, but it will be all about how Notre Dame blew the game, not Michigan's victory.

If any team can get media tounge bath's after a 26 point drubbing, it is this team, Notre Dame.

Brady Quinn sweepstakes indeed.

Scalzi said...

Good point. All press relating to this game will be "what went wrong?" stories instead of giving UM accolades.

Anonymous said...

This was the best victory ever -- no questionable calls, no close game...we beat those goddamn domers on every side of the ball....I wish we played this good we were were ranked #2, but its still a great victory...go blue!

matsut said...

GREAT win for you guys...I knew you had it in you. ND is, of course, weak as a consumptive, but you guys looked strong as well. Congratulations to you. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got to go soak my porch couch in moonshine, throw it in the Dumpster and set it on fire...just kidding.

Seriously, you guys were OMG AWSUM today; enjoy it.

matsut said...

And: I'll bet that you guys are either #6 or #7 and that ND is one spot below.

Wholesome Goodness said...

Speaking of squirming...My wife got home and sat next to me on the couch, just before the Leon Hall interception.
Now she's not any kind of football fan, and so she says to me "Oh, they just got two first downs in a row. Are you worried?"
I swear to everything holy, I was 3 seconds from calling up the courthouse and making sure she never made that comment again, but luckily, I didn't have to.

OSU22UM6 said...

I certainly know the feeling, as recently as last weekend. Well, I think we may appear on course for an unbeaten showdown in late November, hopefully as good as anything from 1970, 1972, or 1974 (grin). I see UM arriving in Columbus without a blemish, concerned about OSU though, just one monster game from Drew Tate... Clearly, Michigan has to want one more shot at Troy Smith, take another opportunity to revive the ghosts of '96. OSU fans could not ask for more than Smith in Columbus against the Maize and Blue... just as Cardinal fans could not ask for more than Bob Gibson in his greatest year starting Game 7 of the World Series at Gussie's house against the Tigers. Wait, perhaps not the analogy I'm going for.

Look for UM to crack the top five this week, and at least one person in Romania wishes for them to remain there until the end of November. These 10:30PM starts aren't easy, you know. Get your revenge against Bucky, now.

Anonymous said...

This is how I felt that one year we pummelled tOSU in A2 - never quite believing what I was seeing even after it was over.

So how will we manage to lose to Minnesota in a few weeks.

PeckHorn78 said...

Other than that "prevent defense" at the end of the first half and a couple of stupid personal fouls, that is the best the defense has played since '97. The front four were getting to Quinn regularly-he never had time to really set up, and they kept the pressure on through the 4th Q. Offense mixed it up fairly well and found the long passing game (hope Mario's wrist is OK!), and they only partially went into a shell in the second half. I also didn't breathe easy until after Woodley, but that goes to show how we still fear ND's habit of pulling things out vs UM, as well as nightmares from last year.

Definitely one of the great wins in UM history, and quite a few monkeys are now off our backs!

bleedsmaizenblue said...

squirming at the end? I was at the Miami (Fla) game (year?) we're up by 20 with 6 min to play and Cleveland Gary keeps rumbling for 21 points??? I still have a twitch from that one.

Yost said...

Thanks for the kind words from Buck fans. Wouldn't it be amazing to have two undefeated teams in November?

And Wholesome Goodness, I'm still laughing.

BigWill said...

I'm so happy for you guys. Since the rose bowl I've become a Mich. fan. I really don't know what's better; Texas winning a blowout, or Mich beating the crap our of the domers. Fortunately, I don't have to choose, I get both.

Good times for all today!

Anonymous said...

I know I won't be thinking straight until the euphoria wears off, but can we just name Ron English as Lloyd's successor? This defense is a joy to watch, and I haven't felt that way since the days of Woodson, Steele, and Sword. Take away a few silly penalties and this one would have been even worse for the Catholics.

matsut said...

You're welcome, Yost. There's a great post by Sean at The 614 about the whole couch-burning thing that you'll want to read when you get a chance.

http://the-614.blogspot.com/2006/09/on-fiery-furniture.html

Again, congrats on the great win today.

Matt K said...

I just wanted to remind everybody that we haven't won in South Bend since 2006! Sweet vindication.

Yost said...

Matt K, lol.

Yeah, some Michigan fans are still pissed about the missed extra point, I bet.

Anonymous said...

can anyone get a screen shot of quinn getting of the ground with a one foot piece of turf in his helmet?

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS TO UM!!!

Ohio State Buckeye fan here. Glad to see that the other giant of the big 10 is representing, especially after Iowa's disappointing showing today. If both of us get by Iowa, we should meet 11-0, and MAYBE even #1 vs #2. WOULDN'T THAT BE FANTASTIC!!!. Glad ND was beat. Great job!

Good luck the rest of the season (until you come to Columbus of course).

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU!!!!!
Was out of town (up in MI!) so only caught the second half, but OMG what an awsome game!!! My husband and I live in Mishawka IN and hate ND beyond belief, so we were estatic to watch Michigan man-handle the Irish so completely. You guys made our day! The most points scored against ND in 46 years in their home stadium! That stat rocks! Of course tomorrow's South Bend Tribune will be full of the ususal bullshit that we ND-haters here in Michiana have to endure after every game regardless of the outcome. None the less, they can't sugar-coat that you totally squashed any chance for a national title (which we are SO sick of hearing about-) and made Bratty Quinn look like a dufus. That should take care of all the crap we have had to listen to about his being the obvious Heisman "favorite." The S.B. Tribune has been acting like it's a foregone conclusion! Thanks again - hope you can feel the love coming from all the ND-haters here in the South Bend-Mishawaka area! Believe me, there are PLENTY of us! GO BLUE!

Anonymous said...

Congrats guys! Go PSU!

Ares, God of War said...

thank you
thank you
thank you
for stopping the charlie weiss love explosion media tour

and congrats on a great game. I also vote for that #1 OSU vs. #2 wolverine match-up in November.

Anonymous said...

Hats off to the team and coaching staff- from the beginning ND had no idea what hit them. I can't recall seeing such total domination of a ranked team.

One of the announcers actually seemed to be speculating that the coaching staff hid our passing game in the first two games of the season for the purpose of fooling ND into a totally inappropriate game plan. If so, that was an incredibly gutsy and clever move.

Anonymous said...

Our defense played amazing. I thought Taylor and Branch were awesome up the middle. Burgess...well his stats speak for themselves and I think Morgan Trent solidified himself as the corner opposite Hall

Longhorn_Steve said...

Hell yes! That was a thorough anal raping you gave those overrated douchebags. The Longhorn nation thanks you.

Mo Clarrett said...

Wow, this game looked awesome from my jail cell. If I was out I would have given it a 21 gun salute.

Michigan over Notre Dame....now I'll drink Gray Goose to that.

See ya in C-Bus

TitleIX said...

held my breath until that last TD.
OH HOW SWEET it is!

I'm wondering though who was paying the refs' pay checks today....NBC???

anybody else notice that the yahoos at NBC played the Moo-U commercial instead of ours????

BaggyPantsDevil said...

Yes! That was definitely one of the best wins in a long time.

I doubted, too, but wasn't certain Michigan would loose. I thought the strong rushing offense and strong rushing defense and ability to pressure the quarterback gave Michigan a bit of an advantage, but worried that Notre Dame would still be able to get a big play here and there and that Michigan might not be able to throw the ball. I figured it's close either or maybe Notre Dame wins big.

I never imagined a win this big. Notre Dame wasn't just beaten they were demoralized and shaken at by the end of the day. It was awesome!

The first few minutes, I was just a jangle of nerves and couldn't sit down. By the middle of the 2nd quarter all that anxiety had turned to euphoria. After the first couple of series in the 3rd quarter I knew Notre Dame had no chance.

What did worry me was that facing the non-starters in what was essentially garbage time Notre Dame might just score a couple touchdowns and make the score look respectable. LaMarr Woodley's touchdown put an end to that concern (and I also though it was great for him to score considering how much he's done so far this year).

I'm still giddy, I want to watch highlights of this game over and over. This is just a fantastic game that accomplished a lot of things:

1. Defeat Charlie Weis (media, feel free to remove your tongue from his asscrack).

2. Beat Notre Dame in South Bend.

3. Win first road game of the season.

4. "Returning to Glory" put on hold until next year.

5. Brady Quinn Heisman campaign, uh, looking like that last "Garo Yepremian" pass.

Go Blue!! This just feels dandy.

brothersblue said...

What an enjoyable afternoon...it's nice to watch Corso, Herbstreit, and co. eat it now. The highlights are much sweeter after a thrashing like that. Now to build some momentum for the Big 10.

TitleIX said...

now that it is half-time on many of the night games...I am amazed at how all of the announcers are slobbering over Meeeechigan.
I'm sure that it has helped that Weis publically admitted to the ass-kicking.

(as an aside: please someone get Doug Flutie off ABC before he ruins his own legend.....)

Nestor16 said...

Congrats Yost and Benny.

I was rootig for you guys.

Go Blue.

Kraut said...

I'm not shocked by the win, but definitely surprised by the spanking! I don't want to get my hopes up, but the D reminds me of the '97 D ... :)

Most of all, I'm glad we won't have to listen to the media stroke Jabba and Quinn anymore ...

JD said...

That was so much of a beatdown I would have thought Ty Willingham was still on the ND sideline.

Scalzi said...

It'll be very nce to watch something about college football without seeing a highlight of Smarjzadareadsgdjfn catching a 5 yard out and getting up with that "Look what I did" expression.

Man 'o War Buckeye said...

Just remember that this Notre Dame defense is very similar to the one that gave up over 600 yards to the Buckeyes last year. Brady not-so Heisman has had his good moments against tough competition, but that Notre Dame defense is as porous as Brent Musberger's hair on a windy, rainy day. Not to take anything away from tWolverines, because they did play an excellent game. 'Twill be interesting to see how they fare against the Bucks in Columbus. Hopefully they won't be bringing any couches down from Michigan with them when they come.

Unky Rob said...

Just total annihilation. It's been a long time since that has happened. I feel pride just like Danny feels pride. I want to go back on all these posts and lay a big middle finger to all the golden domer's who have the noses stuck in Weis's rectum. Go Blue!

anonymous iv said...

Today has been a great day. Blue wins!!!!!!!!!!!!! Auburn and Oregon squeak by, TCU renders Texas Tech powerless. Truly a beautiful day.

Quiet Storm said...

yost - check the Freep from this morning and chalk up another negative Drew Sharp comment.

I'm going to take matters into my own hands and predict Drew Sharp's negative comments in tomorrow's paper:

1 - Henne's INT
2 - Blocked PAT
3 - Quinn's 3 TD's and UM's poor pass defense.
4 - How UM will choke against OSU and PSU and MSU and Wisconsin...
5 - Some non-funny joke about Lloyd's sunglasses.

IC said...

You're on target with your comments, Baggy. Michigan had ND very demoralized, not only because of our lead, but also because we were physically beating the shillelagh out of them.

As many others have mentioned, it will be great to watch, rewatch, and rewatch again the highlights from this game. It was easily one of the ten, if not five best overall efforts I've seen from a Michigan football team in the past 30 years. It shucked some monkeys (road opener and @ND losing streak) and kept us very much alive for a potentially special season.

It also was a very significant win for the coaching staff: to Lloyd, who knew he needed to make changes in the offseason and had the strength to make them; to DeBord, who wisely watched tape from the tOSU-ND Fiesta Bowl and aggressively took advantage of our offensive talent; and to English, who took the same highly-touted players considered underachivers last year (Woodley, Burgess, Crable) and allowed them to do what he has said he wants them to do, namely attack the ball and punish opponents.

And also for English, I don't think it's hyperbole to suggest that we eventually say that it was the game that launched his head coaching career at the University of Michigan.

Beban said...

Nice victory today, boys. I thought you'd lose handily, and instead, you took it to the Irish. I'd love to come up with some smart ass remark, but I can't. You guys played a hell of a game. Congratulations. You deserve it.

Malibuckeye said...

Huge HUGE props to UM today... Now both of the powers of the Big T1e1n have shown the nation what football is supposed to be.

Curious- anyone have any interesting video footage from after the game of UM's band singing, oh, I don't know, something not inspired by Notre Dame? Or is that just us...

Maybe you can help explain to me how the asskicking that ND just got from the Maize and Blue equates to their being the ABC/ESPN Game Of The Week next week? Does Gameday really want to go to East Lansing? Wow... I certainly hope that ND rebounds, or that there's not a sale on discount couches. Although, out here we'll get to see everyone's favorite prophalactic and Arizona. U$C my arse...

Again, great win- enjoy the next couple of days, and the conversations with Irish fans for the rest of the year. Hopefully, we'll see an undefeated UM in Columbus when we play for all the marbles.

Andy said...

Wow - is the only thing I can say.

I knew we would not get blown out as many were predicting. But this was unreal.

Very happy !!!!!

College Bob said...

Congrats! The only reason you thought your Blue could not beat ND is that you bought into the media hype about ND. The media never looks at the facts when it comes to ND. Not to take anything away from M's big win, but ND was overrated. Unfortunately the same media will probably rank your Blue above my AU Tigers. Hell, we started the weekend #3, beat #6 LSU, #2 ND loses, now, according to the late night shows, we stay at #3 or drop to #4. How in the FUCK does that happen?

LAGuy said...

I remember the '94 game, but this was crazy. I know I shouldn't look too far ahead, but it sure would be great if the OSU game is the real championship game.

Anonymous said...

college bob, I agree with you, I think Auburn should probably by #2. But the media (particularly ESPN) is still gonna give U$C their perpetual blowjob.

Sports on a Schtick said...

Congrats to Michigan. The Wolverines are my second-favorite team, and it was great seeing them put on a show.

Chris of Dangerous Logic said...

I am REALLY looking forward to getting highlights up on YouTube. I should be able to finish tomorrow (there are a lot of highlights).

millsz said...

Time to break out the #1 jersey and give it to Manningham!

Allaha said...

Great win. Three points:
1) after a terrible "prevent" defense leading to a TD to end the first half, Michigan did an excellent job of not making the same mistake in the second half. Indeed, they applied great pressure to Quinn.
2) except for the sequence after the interception return deep in ND territory that led to a Michigan FG, the play calling was very good.
3) that huge sucking sound you hear is the air going out of Quinn's Heisman campaign.

Michigan's improved coaching and talent on both sides of the ball are impressive. Well done.

Q1Go said...

So, so happy because of the following:

1. They HELD ON to the ball - no sloppy fumbling

2. They TACKLED like I always dreamed they would.

3. Did you see that OLD SCHOOL MICHIGAN rush into the end zone over a whole darn pile of people?

4. They played the WHOLE GAME. I was nervous after the first quarter that they would get too exhausted to finish, and while they did get tired, boy did they play through it!

5. And I gotta feel a little bad for Brady Quinn - that was a sad game.

6. I saw Mario Manningham cradling his wrist after his encounter with the folding chairs in the clarinet section (NOT THE TUBAs like those stupid commentators kept saying - you can't sit in a chair wearing a tuba), but since none of the commentators mentioned it, I thought he was just adjusting his glove. Glad he came back OK.

7. Glad that Garrett Rivas didn't get too shaken by that missed extra point. If he had, the fourth quarter would have cause more nail-biting, and might have damaged morale.

8. It's getting harder and harder to tell the Michigan defense and offense apart! I love Prescott Burgess and LaMarr Woodley!!

9. I was hoping against hope yesterday morning that they would beat ND - in my wildest dreams, I could not have dreamed that game into existence. Go Blue!!!

Becky said...

Lee Corso proved his "genius" as a commentator yesterday when he chose the Irish because Brady Quinn would be too much for our defense to handle, and because Michigan has no wide recievers, no passing game that can hang with ND.

I love when he picks against us!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Blue...We'll see you November 18. We're looking forward to it.

Anonymous said...

Pat Hayden was so flustered that he said "the Notre Dame defense was much maligned all season until the past two weeks". I thought two penalties for hits out of bounds against UM were bad calls. Initial contact was in bounds.

Harry said...

I'm so glad one of the "darlings" of the media got "creamed" by the Wolverines I could bust. The media heaps praise on Naughty Dame and USuck like spreading manure on the corn fields.

usctrojan78 said...

Congrats to Big Blue. Tailgating before USC -- Nebraska all portable TV's were on you guys, guess who we Trojan fans were rooting for?

CarolinaTrojan said...

Congrats to UM on a convincing smackdown of the overrated Irish. Just curious - did anyone notice just before halftime on NBC that they ran an advertisemnt for Michigan State University? Did I miss something here?? I've always thought the Maize & Blue was the University of Michigan. Did I see something incorrect, or did anyone else notice that? That would be like them running a UCLA ad when my Trojans were playing ND....

Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking card of the domers! WAR EAGLE!

Andy said...
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Chris of Dangerous Logic said...

@anonymous 5:37 -
I've got a couple of choice pictures of Quinn on my blog.

And I've got the highlight videos up on YouTube:

All scores (edited with a, um, slight U-M bias)

Overall highlights

Detailed defensive highlights

Detailed offensive highlights

Yost said...

Chris,

There's a problem with the links. It didn't work for me. Resend in an email and I'll make sure to put up post w/ it tomorrow.

Chris of Dangerous Logic said...

I don't know what the deal is with me trying to post YouTube links on other sites. It's probably easiest to get to them from my blog, here and here.

Katie said...

Oh it was a wonderful sight to see! I too did not even think of celebrating until the end, I remember so many times that they have lost a huge lead and lost. They were nearly flawless and it was beautiful! GO BLUE!

Anonymous said...

Is charlie weis really that great? I mean ya he's got a bunch of wins and the nd program is loking better but if u look at the real big teams they've played since he arrived he's 0-3. He lost to usc at home, got blown out by tosu, and just got his ass kicked by michigan. Say all you want about weis being god but he really hasent proved that much. and no 05 michigan can't be considered a great team

Go Blue!

Anonymous said...

Yost and all other Wolverines--

Congrats--it's taken me 2 days to summon up the intestinal fortitude to check the internet. You flat beat the living crap out of us--no excuses, no "but if this had gone differently..." You beat us in every phase of the game, and any Domer who comes on here saying otherwise is delusional.

I'm very impressed with the way Lloyd (notice the proper number of "l"'s) and his coordinators simply took the game away from Weis's control, didn't get conservative, and kept their foot on ND's throat in the second half. If ND played like that against Buffalo we'd likely lose, but that's not to take anything away from you--the Wolverines caused a lot of our mistakes. Great game, and I hope you guys go on to win the Big 10 and beat OSU.

Lastly, what's with Manningham wearing #86? Even this Domer can see you need to give him #1, and pronto.

Nate

Anonymous said...

Hey Boomer Bear, still waiting for you to bring your sorry ass around here and take your whupping like a man.

Brady Powlus blows
Notre Dame is crying like champions this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Congrats from a Buckeye on the big win! I have to admit it was odd cheering for you guys, (Much like you for us against Texas, I imagine) but I'm glad you won, and I'm happy to get back to cheering against you! haha, j/k, somewhat! I know how amazing two undefeateds would be at the end of the year!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the big win. Did anyone else notice the ND fan sitting right behind the end zone flipping double birds at MM after an overthrown ball. He actually got out of his seat to do it. Very Klassy ND. November in Columbus could be huge.

Yost said...

Thanks for the classy words from ND fans here. Let's try and show the same...except to Boomer Bear.

;) j/k

Chris of Dangerous Logic said...

Boomer came correct on the 'Separation Saturday' thread.

Behind Enemy Lines said...

Outstanding! Loved that Carr got a shower at end of game. Does anyone know when the last time he got a gatorade shower?

Auburn Jen said...

Sorry it has taken so long to get over here, but wanted to share something with you. I was at the Auburn-LSU game and when the final score of the Michigan - ND game was announced, the entire crowd screamed like someone on the field had actually managed to score, or even gain more than 5 yards a carry. My Tigers prevailed over my husband's Tigers in what was one of the best games I have ever experienced in person, non-existant offense and stinking miserable heat notwithstanding (and I am 4 months pregnant so add that to the mix). So, from the bottom of my Orange and Blue heart - THANK YOU MICHIGAN!! Now take care of Ohio State for me and we'll see you at season's end. Frick USC!!!