A Breakdown of Michigan's Worst Play Ever

October 16, 2013 at 11:51a    by DJ Byrnes    
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As you may have heard, Michigan's offense has been rather pedestrian through the first half of the season. Al Borges is doing his best Jim Bollman impression, and Saturday's lost to Penn State may have been his Fifth Symphony. 

I'll let MGBLOG set the scene (emphasis mine to draw attention to the best line in the article):

I don't think I'm exaggerating [that this is the dumbest play in the history of football]. It's second and eight after one of Michigan's most successful RB runs of the night. Michigan trails 21-10 with six minutes left in the second quarter. They put some dudes on the field and move them around. When we come back from Matt Millen saying something about something, this process has already started.

Again, MGOBLOG has the breakdown, and it's about as humorous as stodgy, stewing Michigan Men can be. (Kyle Kalis, #67, gets owned pretty hard, which makes this all the better.)

Long. Live. Al. Borges.


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lljjgg's picture

You had me at "Kyle Kalis gets bulldozed."

otrain2416's picture

hes thinking too far ahead for "Ohio's blood"

buck-I.8's picture

I don't think Bennett and Schutt will be too pumped about the whole "Ohio blood" thing

BME_Buckeye's picture

Can someone explain the blood and Kyle Kalis reference.  I don't get it. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

buck-I.8's picture

When he had the recruiting spotlight on him and he was a UM commit, he said something to the effect "There will be blood on the field and it won't be mine" regarding the OSU game

FitzBuck's picture

The real question is was he threatening Gardner or Tousaunt?  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

TheBadOwl's picture

Additionally, I believe that he was committed here before Tatgate, then flipped to Michigan and didn't ever shut up about it/was generally a douche.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

This is a true story.

Aesculus.'s picture

How about the Matt Millen announcing?  Horrible.  Kept reinforcing how Meatchicken had to take the pressure off Gardener by running Toussaint.  Agreed with M play calling in the overtimes of just running it for a loss.  Geeez.

11/8/2014 @Michigan State aka Payback

kalabuckzoo's picture

He and tessitore are absolutely brutal to listen to.  when tessitore gets something in his head he says it on repeat about 100 times per game.  i only watched the second half of the 4th quarter of this game and the bumbling overtime and he referenced that penn state was doing a "white out" at least half a dozen time.  we get it bro, just like we knew that mon"tay" ball was trying to get the ncaa record for td's.  haha.

geoffrsc's picture

Agree 100% re Millen. After his tenure with the Lions, how do you take anything he says about football seriously? The moron.
He adds next to nothing when he does a game and what he does add is usually wrong.

bedheadjc's picture

and what he does add is usually wrong.

x2

FitzBuck's picture

He has drafted a receiver each year on Madden 2014.  
At least he's stayed consistent.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

d1145fresh's picture

I think I am more excited to watch 4 quarters of Kyle Kalis go up against our D-line than anything else for the rest of the season.

Alpo's picture

Gotta wonder if he makes it 4 quarters and them fightin' words...

buckeyedude's picture

I hopes somebody reminds our D-line of Kalis' coments, before The Game.

 

 

BSTP DeCon's picture

Kalis better have the police squad behind his back because he's going to get raped by our D-Line.

BucksfanXC's picture

Borges is also their QB coach and you can see the passing game get worse of the life of their past two QBs (granting, a)small sample sizes and b)lack of passing talent to begin with). So Borges is like their Bollman AND Scilliano.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

toad1204's picture

I'll have the soup du' jour

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

"Flo like the TV show.  Uh, what's the Soup de Jour?" 
"Mmmmmm.  That sounds good.  I'll have that."

Adolphus Washington is half grizzly bear and half dragon | Noah Spence kills quarterbacks, just to watch them die.

MN Buckeye's picture

Sorry, I got stuck on 'Lovely day for a Guinness'.

Buckeye-in-DC's picture

um, was a two yard gain really "one of Michigan's most successful RB runs of the night"?
 

I don't think I'm exaggerating [that this is the dumbest play in the history of football]. It's second and eight after one of Michigan's most successful RB runs of the night. Michigan trails 21-10 with six minutes left in the second quarter. They put some dudes on the field and move them around. When we come back from Matt Millen saying something about something, this process has already started.

spacemonkey57's picture

Yes.  I think their running backs combined for 28 yards on 28 carries. 

buckguy10's picture

Toussaint had 27 yards on 27 carries. i'd say anything over the average is pretty good!

Dougger's picture

Maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but Toussaint had 27 carries for 27 yards with a long of 12. Overall just turrible

I like football

Hovenaut's picture

I enjoy this immensely....

Glorious actor.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

BSTP DeCon's picture

Inglorious Basterds is such a great movie.

J.Mo's picture

Really looking forward to Kyle Kalis's blood being all over the field in November.

Doc's picture

The comments are glorious over there on MGoBlow.  Absolutely glorious.  I just read the first page of comments, but those guys over there really believe they are witty and intelligent.  I've never seen a board so full of themselves.  The douchebaggery is delicious.

"Say my name."

81Alum's picture

In their (Mgoblog) latest post "This Week's Obsession: Extent of Panic", one poster stated:
"SO WHAT IS THE POINT OF CONTINUING DOWN THIS PATH?!?!?  NEW COACH.  HIRE TRESSEL!!"
Oh, the irony!! Their tears are delicious.

dwcbuckeye's picture

"I can't go there (Ohio State) and take penalties for something I never did," Kalis told ESPN.com on Monday. "Ohio State is a great program. I'm just not sure how long it will take them to recover. I want a solid, grounded coaching staff with a safe environment. Where there aren't such tough questions."
 
umm, it took them all of the very next year to recover Kyle.  I would say he is in a safe environment if by that he meant, boring offensive play calling

BUCK-I-FAN's picture

I don't really know but if you ask me, that stuff Kalis said "I can't go there (Ohio State) and take penalties for something I never did," sounds kinda scripted to me.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

He'd be plenty safe on the bench, which is where he'd be had he come here.
I almost never give guys we recruited unsuccessfully a hard time, but I always reserve the right to make an exception for Kalis and Anzalone. Go elsewhere if you want, but don't be a weasel about it, and don't go out of your way to rip us in the process.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Oh, that is sweeeet!
I have no problem with a kid choosing another school to play for, but Kalis was such a dick about it ... Let us introduce you to Mssrs. Bosa, Spence, Washington, Schutt, et. al.
Enjoy, Kyle, enjoy!

lamplighter's picture

don't forget his personal foul - real classy

southbay's picture

I haven't...he looked like a sixth-grader on that one, completely bone-headed.  Pretty much killed the drive.  Can't say it cost them the game, but as close as it was, I'd say yeah it was damn costly.

kholmes's picture

The video isnt clear but it shows the situation to be even worse than first glance. As either A) Michigan only has 10 players on the field or B) there is another receiver below the camera field that no one on Penn State is within a mile of.
Brian Cook from Mgoblog is adamant that there was an 11th player at the bottom outside of the camera width...but if there was, that player would have to be on the line as there otherwise wouldn't be 7 on the line of scrimmage. But if he was on the line of scrimmage, then that would cap the last visible receiver at the bottom making that guy ineligible, which would be unbelievably stupid.
What a colossal mess...personally, I think there were only 10 on the field with the fact there was no left tackle being the telling point. Either way, this play personified everything of the playcalling.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Theres no way theres an 11th player on the field...unless they ran the old charlie brown sideline play.
When the camera pans in from break you can see down enough to the bottom boundary thay you could see a dude standinge there...if there was one.
If you were so inclined, you can also pause right away and account for all 11 PSU defenders.
There are definitely not 11 skunk bears on the field.
If somehow there was a guy at the bottom...then he was the most wide open missed reciever of all time.

Brutus Greyshield's picture

I don't think there is an eleventh man on the field. I even went back to watch the replay at BTN2GO. There's no conclusive shot. If there is no man out there, then it was an illegal formation, and he'd be roughly 30 yards away from the QB. But there's no chance the QB is going to be able to make a throw that far to his left when there's just one blocker left of the center.
That is a really bad play. And coming off a timeout no less.