Well hot damn..
Going into the game today nobody was sure what to expect. Michigan had made a serious turn around from last seasons epic fail, and the Lions have had a solid season themselves; but then again it was still Michigan so somebody was bound to call shenanigans. Apparently this years team didn’t care where the game was and came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders. There were three keys going into the game that would make the difference between going home with a win or going home wonder what to make of the rest of the season.
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Defense: It’s safe to say they showed up and flexed their muscle once again this season and essentially shutdown an offense that has looked unstoppable at times this season. holding the highest scoring offense in the Big Ten to 10 points. Tate Forcier was sacked 5 times and the Michigan offense turned the ball over 4 times, held to 10 points, and only 250 yards total offense. You really couldn’t ask for a better performance on the road from a team and it can only do wonders going into the rest of the Big Ten season.
Special Teams: All in all the squad played well. Punt block coverage is going to need to be addressed, but kickoff returns were great and Colin Wagner sent kickoffs into the endzone and made all of his field goals. So for the most part you can’t ask that unit to do much more. Punt blocks are an issue that will need to be dealt with.
Play within your game: The key to winning on the road comes from playing a play at a time and not letting the game overtake the game plan. Sticking to what you want to do to win is important to coming away with the W. The Lions executed to a T what they wanted to and came away with an easy victory. Daryll Clark played an almost perfect game with 230 yards passing and 4 TDs and Evan Royster had his 10th 100 yard rushing game. All in all the Lions could be a very powerful team to beat if they continue to play like they did today.