Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2012 Sugar Bowl Re"Crap" - Michigan Still Sucks, Go B1G

REVIEW: 2012 Sugar Bowl 78th edition

Final Score: Michigan 23 Virginia Tech 20 F/OT  Prediction: Va Tech 28 UM 24

Scoring by Quarter:

Michigan         0          10        7          3          3          23

Va Tech          3          3         3          11       0          20

Classic case of “you lose games kicking field goals”, oh well it’s a win for the Big Ten. Now on to the keys “review”:

1)     Denard Robinson vs. Logan Thomas

Denard Robinson sure didn’t put up the numbers that I was expecting him to, throwing 9 of 21 for 117 passing yards and ONLY 13 yards on 13 carries (rushing yards are taken away for sacks against), he did however throw a couple TD passes to his WR Junior Hemingway. At times, he did show off his running ability (Longest Run: 16 yards) and avoidance, for the most part the Hokies “lunch-pale” defense kept Robinson in-check. Logan Thomas did everything for the Hokies offense (267 total offensive yards, 1 rushing TD) expect cash in on more Red Zone opportunities (Hokies 5 Red Zone possessions: 3 FG’s, 1 TD, and turnover on downs). I thought at times in the Red Zone, either the play-calling or Thomas’ decision making cost the Hokies from scoring more points. Both QB’s threw an INT, Robinson’s resulting in 3 points for the Hokies and Thomas’ resulting in 7 points for the Wolverines.
2)     Fitzgerald Toussaint vs. David Thomas

It didn’t surprise me that, neither running back had a huge game, just the way the game was being played and how I felt about watching the two defenses. Toussaint carried the ball 13 times for 30 yards (2.3 yards per) and made one catch for 14 yards. The Hokies defense seemed to have multiple guys in on tackles and did a good job tackling the ball-carrier, unlike the ACC Championship Game when they were gashed for 217 yards on the ground by the Clemson Tigers. David Wilson probably made one of the biggest bonehead plays (C’Mon Man) of the bowl season. On Virginia Tech’s opening drive, Wilson took a hand off and ran to the right side, seeing he wouldn’t be able to find a hole proceeded to reverse his field, as he was doing so he ran backwards and was tackled for a loss of 22 yards (Va Tech had it 1st and Goal at the 4 yard line!). Wilson needed to just take his loss and go down, all but certainly killing the opportunity of a touchdown (it was a 2nd and goal from the 26 after that play). Wilson did run for 82 yards, taking 24 carries to do so (3.4 yards per) neither RB contributed much in this match-up.

3)     Michigan’s Special Teams vs. “Beamer Ball”

In a game that had plenty of special teams, Michigan’s unit came out on top in this one. Brenden Gibbons was 3 of 3 for the Wolvernies, including the GW in Overtime from 37 yards out. Even though, the Hokies placekicker Justin Myer (3rd on the depth chart of kickers) kicked 4 out of 5 FG’s, he missed the one in OT that would of put the pressure on Michigan’s offense to match it or score a touchdown. I’ve never been a fan of kicking FG’s (even though that’s the only way the Browns put points on the board I LOVE YOU PHIL DAWSON, YOU’RE MY BOY!) I just felt that it was too much to asked for a 3rd string placekicker to kick 5 FG’s in one game, nonetheless, in the Sugar Bowl (#losegameskickingfieldgoals).  Two things stood out while I was watching the game, that dealt with “Beamer Ball” 1) the roughing the punter penalty on the Hokies attempting to block the punt (which resulted in the Wolverines keeping the ball and scoring a TD later on the same drive) 2) Beamer’s call to fake the punt at mid-field, backfiring on the Hokies and setting the Wolverines up with great field position (Wolverines would get a FG on that possession). Beamer Ball was 0 for 2 on the night and generated nothing in the return game to help out the offense, advantage, Michigan. (Side note: how the heck do your top two kickers get suspend, KICKERS, C’Mon Man).

4)     Brady Hoke vs. Frank Beamer

Coach Hoke has done a tremdous job in turning the defense around at Michigan. A unit that was a practical joke under from Head Coach Rich Rod, the Wolvernies stepped up when it mattered holding the Hokies to four FG’s on the night. I believe, just maybe, yep! I saw Coach Hoke wearing the headset once during the game. Coach Beamer’s struggles continue in big games, as he falls to 1-5 in BCS bowl games. A lot of people were curious (myself included) why Virginia Tech was in this game and overall, they didn’t prove to me any why they should have been.


Michigan- Michigan football is relevant, again. With the return of some key players, most importantly Starting QB Denard Robinson, Michigan will try and continue to build on the success that Coach Hoke has brought back to the program. Again, like this season I see the Wolverines challenging the other teams in the Legends Division for the right to represent that side in the Big Ten Championship Game.

Virginia Tech- With the emergence of Sophomore QB Logan Thomas, the Hokies will have someone to build around (even if David Wilson leaves early for the NFL, the dudes got a nice car, did you see that?). The Hokies always have a solid defensive unit,  my only question : Is the hour-glass running out on the Beamer era in Blacksburg? Time will tell, but like every year the Hokies should find themselves competing for another ACC Championship.

This makes me sick to my stomach, but Congratulations Michigan for winning a BCS Bowl Game for the Big Ten. Here’s a little something for you to think about.