So says former Michigan stafer Mark Ouimet. Ouimet goes through the stats, and more. And peaks ahead to the Rose Bowl.
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So says former Michigan stafer Mark Ouimet. Ouimet goes through the stats, and more. And peaks ahead to the Rose Bowl.
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Ouimet Grits Teeth, Looks At OSU Game

"Why did Michigan lose? Just go down the stat sheet."<br><br> So says former Michigan stafer Mark Ouimet. Ouimet goes through the stats, and more. And peaks ahead to the Rose Bowl.<br>

Ouimet:

I got a call from the stands right by the tunnel when OSU had the dogs sniffing the U-M players and their bags. They said it was funny for a moment, then chilling.

Why did Michigan lose:

They had a hard time moving the ball after the first two series ... because OSU owned the line of scrimmage.

OSU put Ginn in some offensive formations to take Shazor out of the play ... when Shazor is not in the play or is in the backside, it's harder for the U-M defense.

The OSU linebackers are good ... they stopped Michael Hart. Michigan faced two very good LB corps this year, versus Ohio State and Iowa. Hart had a total of 150 yards on 44 carries in those two games.

U-M had screen play to Hart that went for 39 yards, but they didn't go back to it.

Beyond that, just go down the stat sheet:

U-M was 5/15 on 3rd down ... under 40% isn't good.

U-M had only 25 minutes time of possession (OSU 35).

Punt returns -- Ginn had a 30.8 yard average.

U-M gave up 446 yards of offense. U-M had 399, but also had 2 turnovers to OSU's none. And one was at the OSU goal line when U-M was beginning a hoped-for comeback.

U-M had 71 yards rushing; OSU had 205 with the QB Troy Smith getting 145 on scrambles.

U-M was outscored 14-0 in 3rd quarter. U-M usually does a good job in second half football.

Michigan had no sacks ... when U-M did pressure Smith, he scrambled and got out of it.

Henne was 50% passing ... he had 54 passing attempts, which is too many.

A bright spot: Finley was outstanding out there.

Looking ahead:

One of the best offensive minds in football is preparing to U-M, Jim Tedford, and he has one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Aaron Rodgers, one of the top wide receivers in the country in McCarther and one of the top running backs in the country in J.J. Arrington.

And for next year:

Will U-M stay in the 3-4? I think so. They STILL will have the personnel for the 3-4 -- actually even more so with Shazor gone.

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