Wolverines roll over Iowa

It was a solid offensive performance for the Wolverines against the Hawkeyes of Iowa.  We scored early and often while demolishing the Hawkeyes.  Once again though our “vaunted” pass defense was exposed, this time by Tight Ends up the middle and backs on swing passes to the outside. 

Denard Robinson started at tailback and was involved in both the running and receiving game.  He did take a few snaps at QB, but never gave any indication that he could throw the ball.  One of the local media writers wrote that Hoke said Robinson was “near 100%”, but I seriously dispute this assertion.  Maybe it’s just media fodder for Ohio, but Denard never carried the ball in his right hand, even when the play was to the inside for his left hand, and several times he came up out of the pile clutching his right arm into his chest.  It was good to see him out there contributing, especially on Senior day, but he was nowhere near 100%.

Toussaint had his season end on a run to the outside at the other end of the stadium.  I never saw the play, but from reading twitter and talking to my friends, it was one of those injuries you don’t really want to see on TV anyways.  A broken leg and then surgery before the game was over and his season has come to an end.  Here’s hoping for a full recovery in time for next year.

Solid offensive play and some inventive play calling really made this an interesting game.  I think there were enough wrinkles that Ohio is really going to have to work to find a scheme to stop this Offense.  To me, next week’s game will come down to can the Wolverine Defense hold off the Ohio offense.

Here’s some photos from the day, my last photo post of the year, although I plan on still writing after this one.

I love the band in this formation with the Block “M” flag flying from the center!

Denard takes an early rush to the left side.

Denard around the right side, but still carrying the ball in his left hand.

Roundtree with a nice catch on the out pattern. A nice throw from Gardner to get it to him.

The tight end was open up the middle all day. If this ball had gotten there just a touch quicker we could have given up big yards!

Jibreel Black goes up and bats this ball down. The receiver behind him was wide open and the play probably would have gone for a touchdown.

Jeremy Gallon watches a great pass come down for a huge gain!

Roundtree goes up to make a great catch on this Gardner delivery.

My favorite play of the day started with Smith, Rawls and Robinson in the backfield. They ran the Jet sweep look to Denard going right and Smith snuck out in the flats to the left for a screen pass…See results next photo.

A great scheme as Denard took all the traffic the other way. Vincent Smith scores easily with 3 blockers on 1 defender for the play.

An open back down the sidelines. Fortunately for the Wolverines his momentum carried him out of bounds right after this.

Another open receiver…nobody even close.

The good news of course! Michigan Wins!


Leave a Reply