Michigan wins Under the Lights 3 vs Penn State

In a year with few highlights, the Under The Lights Game seemed destined to be another forgettable game in the 2014 season. All in all it wasn’t pretty, two struggling teams slogged through the game and Michigan managed a win based mostly on the 2nd half defensive performance. The offense continued to be lackluster, the counter play hurt the defense early, and the special teams were steady with no miscues, but then the pass rush showed up and that really was the story of the game.

I’ve mentioned before that I have a hard time criticizing the players, so it is hard to write when the team is doing poorly, but make no mistake, I’m here for the team.  I support the team every time I’m at the stadium right down until the clock reads 0:0.  Fortunately or unfortunately I missed the Utah game so I didn’t have to suffer through the rain.  I’m not sure how I would have protected the camera.

At any rate, here are my pictures from the game, which are not to my satisfaction.  I really need to come up with a better lens/setting combo for night games.   I’ll work on that.

Pregame under the lights, even the student section is pretty full.

Pregame under the lights, even the student section is pretty full.

We brought out the big American Flags again which I like, although I think they had the nearest upside down since a big seam showed.

We brought out the big American Flags again which I like, although I think they had the nearest upside down since a big seam showed.

Raymon Taylor with a nice defensive play.

Raymon Taylor with a nice defensive play.

Amara Darboh goes up between defenders for a nice grab.

Amara Darboh goes up between defenders for a nice grab.

Funchess juggles then grabs the TD pass from Gardner.

Funchess juggles then grabs the TD pass from Gardner.

Blake Countess in tight coverage on this completion.

Blake Countess in tight coverage on this completion.

Devin Gardner in the pocket, watching for Smith to break.

Devin Gardner in the pocket, watching for Smith to break.

Amara Darboh with another grab.

Amara Darboh with another grab.

Funchess doesn't quite catch this one.

Funchess doesn’t quite catch this one.

Another shot of Gardner in the pocket.

Another shot of Gardner in the pocket.

This counter play took us by surprise the entire first half.  At least on this one the back goes wide and we stop it.

This counter play took us by surprise the entire first half. At least on this one the back goes wide and we stop it.

James Ross goes diving on the pile...

James Ross goes diving on the pile…

Brennen Beyer with the sack.

Brennen Beyer with the sack.

De'Veon Smith on the swing pass.

De’Veon Smith on the swing pass.

Funchess with the reception.

Funchess with the reception.

Jeremy Clark on the coverage for this nice catch.

Jeremy Clark on the coverage for this nice catch.

A missed tackle by Joe Bolden leads to big yards.

A missed tackle by Joe Bolden leads to big yards.

While Devin was out hurt Russell Bellomy came in at QB, handed the ball off a couple of times and almost threw a pick-6.

While Devin was out hurt Russell Bellomy came in at QB, handed the ball off a couple of times and almost threw a pick-6.

Godin and Clark have the QB in their sights, but he gets the pass away.

Godin and Clark have the QB in their sights, but he gets the pass away.

Devin Gardner back in the game, but a little gimpy.  Not putting much weight on that right foot.

Devin Gardner back in the game, but a little gimpy. Not putting much weight on that right foot.

Frank Clark with a sack!

Frank Clark with a sack!

Norfleet with the fair catch. He's surrounded.

Norfleet with the fair catch. He’s surrounded.

Any recap of this game would not be complete without mentioning Norfleet’s dance moves and the Atomic Dog.  Here are my shots!

DSC_0193 DSC_0187 DSC_0194 DSC_0659 DSC_0658And it certainly wouldn’t be finished without a scoreboard shot of the final score and stats, so here you go.

Final score 18-13.

Final score 18-13.

I hope you like my photos, stay tuned for the next installment.  Feel free to comment here or send me a message on twitter to @jfk81   If you’re interested in using any of my photos, please contact me as well.

Michigan – Minnesota Photo Blog

I’m a few games behind on posting pictures, so rather than rehash old news (and ugly pictures), I’m just going to post pictures (happier ones) for a couple of games.  Enjoy!

This was a common sight on the day.  Michigan D-Line closing in, only for the quick dumpoff to the back for a big gain.

This was a common sight on the day. Michigan D-Line closing in, only for the quick dumpoff to the back for a big gain.

Michigan fans had been clamoring for Shane Morris, which put the headset on Devin Gardner

Michigan fans had been clamoring for Shane Morris, which put the headset on Devin Gardner

Short passing was the order of the day...this one to Funchess trying to get outside.

Short passing was the order of the day…this one to Funchess trying to get outside.

Blake Countess just gets a hand in to break up this pass.

Blake Countess just gets a hand in to break up this pass.

There was some protection for Shane Morris early, but not enough.

There was some protection for Shane Morris early, but not enough.

Hagerup with the punt.  That's some extension.

Hagerup with the punt. That’s some extension.

Norfleet calls for a fair catch and then sees the blocking and wishes he could run.

Norfleet calls for a fair catch and then sees the blocking and wishes he could run.

The D-Line bottled this play up, but unfortunately the Minnesota Run game was pretty potent.

The D-Line bottled this play up, but unfortunately the Minnesota Run game was pretty potent.

Jake Ryan breaks up this pass attempt.

Jake Ryan breaks up this pass attempt.

De'Veon Smith finds a little bit of running room.

De’Veon Smith finds a little bit of running room.

De'Veon smith busts through a hole.

De’Veon smith busts through a hole.

De'Veon Smith again across off tackle to the right.

De’Veon Smith again across off tackle to the right.

De'Veon then breaks a tackle on his way to the endzone.

De’Veon then breaks a tackle on his way to the endzone.

Funchess goes up to catch another short pass to the outside.

Funchess goes up to catch another short pass to the outside.

Jake Butt makes a reception on the out cut.

Jake Butt makes a reception on the out cut.

Jake Butt running another out cut.

Jake Butt running another out cut.

...and then makes the reception between defenders.

…and then makes the reception between defenders.

Chesson goes up but can't quite make this grab.

Chesson goes up but can’t quite make this grab.

This was a common sight, missed tackles and good blocks as the Minnsota running back runs through space.

This was a common sight, missed tackles and good blocks as the Minnsota running back runs through space.

Norfleet with the over the shoulder catch on a kickoff.

Norfleet with the over the shoulder catch on a kickoff.

This pick-6 was the beginning of the end for Shane Morris.

This pick-6 was the beginning of the end for Shane Morris.

De'Veon Smith found fewer holes as the game went on.

De’Veon Smith found fewer holes as the game went on.

Funchess tries the outside again with a good block in front of him.

Funchess tries the outside again with a good block in front of him.

Jake Butt can't quite reel this one in.

Jake Butt can’t quite reel this one in.

Jeremy Clark is all over his man but the Minnesota receiver still makes a nice one handed grab.

Jeremy Clark is all over his man but the Minnesota receiver still makes a nice one handed grab.

Justice Hayes with the short reception as he breaks past the defender.

Justice Hayes with the short reception as he breaks past the defender.

Justice Hayes finds some running room.

Justice Hayes finds some running room.

Devin Gardner comes in to relieve Morris and uses his feet to gain some yardage pointing out blocks as he runs.

Devin Gardner comes in to relieve Morris and uses his feet to gain some yardage pointing out blocks as he runs.

Justice Hayes turns the corner.

Justice Hayes turns the corner.

Devin Gardner with the pump fake....

Devin Gardner with the pump fake….

...before he leaves the defender grabbing for air.

…before he leaves the defender grabbing for air.

Funchess with another short reception to the outside.

Funchess with another short reception to the outside…

...and then he breaks to the outside trying to avoid the defender.

…and then he breaks to the outside trying to avoid the defender.

I hope you like my photos, stay tuned for more.  Feel free to comment here or send me a message on twitter to @jfk81   If you’re interested in using any of my photos, please contact me as well.