|1-10||Ace 3 WR||McGuffie||HB dive||0||-||Ortmann, Schilling|
|1-10||I-form 3 WR||McGuffie||Iso||3||Moundros, Schilling||-|
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR trips left||Threet||Zone read keeper||-4||-||-|
1st and 10: Ortmann (the left guard in this game) pretty much gets run over here, forcing McGuffie to immediately cut. I might be nitpicking on Schilling here, as he went to the second level to block a linebacker. This left the end unblocked to get McGuffie. Since McGuffie probably wasn't supposed to cut, this might not be on Schilling, but I'm past the point of giving anyone the benefit of the doubt.
1st and 10: More old school Michigan here. Moundros and Schilling pummel some Illini, and McGuffie sort of falls forward for three.
1st and 10: Nobody at fault here, Illinois just has it completely snuffed out. If Threet hands it off, McGuffie gets blown up by Derek Walker. As it is, he keeps it, and he himself gets blown up by Brit Miller.
|1-10||I-form 3 WR||McGuffie||Iso/Off tackle left(?)||18||Moundros, Dorrestein, Mathews||-|
|1-G||Shotgun split 2 WR||McGuffie||Zone stretch left||4-TD||Moundros (+2), Mathews||-|
1st and 10: I think this is an iso play that McGuffie just bounces outside. Regardless, Dorrestein possibly gets away with a hold, but it does the job. Moundros holds up (not literally) Rodney Pittman to spring McGuffie to the edge. Downfield block by Mathews (sorta) helps get a few extra yards.
1st and goal: Moundros is great here. He gets a piece of three different Illinois defenders, giving McGuffie time to get to the edge again. Mathews occupies Vontae Davis on the outside, giving McGuffie the endzone.
|1-10||Shotgun 3 WR||McGuffie||HB dive (?)||7||Moosman, Schilling||-|
|2-3||Shotgun split trips left||McGuffie||Zone stretch right||1||-||Schilling|
|3-2||Shotgun split slot left||Threet||Zone read keeper||6||Threet||-|
|2-10||Shotgun 4 WR||McGuffie||Delayed draw||-5||-||-|
|1-10||Shotgun 3 WR||McGuffie||Zone read handoff||0||-||-|
|1-G||Shotgun split twins left||McGuffie||Zone stretch left||2||-||Koger, Ortmann|
1st and 10: Hard to tell what this play actually is. Might've been a stretch play, but McGuffie immediately cuts on a dime. Moosman drives the DT back, and Schilling turns Walker inside out, giving McGuffie the hole the zip through.
2nd and 3: Curious as to why Brandon Minor is the FB-type on this play and not Moundros or even Grady. Regardless, Will Davis gets inside of Schilling on the stretch play and grabs McGuffie by the ankles.
3rd and 2: All Threet here. Excellent decision to pull it out. Illinois has sold out on the RB, and Threet has the first down with ease.
2nd and 10: Not much can be done when Illinois has two blitzers shooting in. Nobody misses a block, Illinois just out-executes us here. However, Garrett Edwards is sneaking in for the blitz before the snap. I hope in the future, with a more experienced and seasoned QB, this is a checkdown, as Odoms is left wide open in the slot.
1st and 10: This is Michigan getting outschemed again. The zone read was scouted well by the Illini (as it should be, since they practice against it everyday). McGuffie gets crushed by Will Davis here. The alternative is Threet getting crushed by Martez Wilson and Vontae Davis.
1st and goal: Kevin Koger, as a freshman tight end, should not be counted on to block anybody. Pittman plows him here. Ortmann is also beaten back.
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR trips left||McGuffie||Zone read handoff||0||-||Schilling, Dorrestein|
|2-10||Shotgun split slot left||Odoms||Reverse||3||-||Schilling|
1st and 10: Schilling is pushed back by Walker here, prohibiting McGuffie from getting the corner. To make matters worse, Dorrestein's cut block fails, and Josh Brent flies down the line to snuff this play out.
2nd and 10: Schilling has his eyes too far upfield here on the reverse and provides essentially no blocking for Odoms. I'm not a fan of this play yet. It just seems destined to fail early on in the new era. The blocking isn't what it should be, and it just feels like it develops too slowly to be anything useful yet. Now watch, they'll run it against Toledo and totally smoke them with it.
|1-10||Shotgun split slot left||McGuffie||Zone stretch left||1||-||Koger, Molk|
1st and 10: Koger is in motion from the left slot here, and tries to throw a block. He fails spectacularly. This play is all kinds of ugly. Molk can't contain Brent, who strings it out and stops the play.
|2-3||Shotgun 4 WR trips left||McGuffie||Zone read handoff||3||Schilling, Moosman||-|
|1-10||I-form twins left||McGuffie||Pitch||-1||-||Threet|
2nd and 3: Nice job here by Schilling and Moosman to clear room. Martez Wilson latches onto McGuffie almost immediately, but is dragged for the first down.
1st and 10: Awful pitch here by Threet. This could've been an uber-disaster.
|2-10||Shotgun 3 WR||McGuffie||HB dive||21||Moosman, Schilling, Minor||-|
|1-10||Ace 3 WR||McGuffie||HB dive||-1||Moundros||Savoy|
2nd and 10: This is an...odd play. Minor is lined up in a sort of tight end position, but he's noticeably off the line. At the snap, he goes from the TE-ish spot to a FB role, leading the way for McGuffie through a hole created by Moosman and Schilling. Interesting play.
1st and 10: This gets even more interesting, as Moundros is in the same position Minor was in on the last play, only this time he's to the right instead of the left, and it's the ace formation and not the shotgun. Moundros absolutely lights Will Davis up coming in from the right spot to drill Davis on the left. This might've been a big gainer, except McGuffie stumbles, and Savoy fails to block Vontae Davis on the outside.
|1-10||Shotgun 3 WR||Minor||Off tackle||6||Moundros, Schilling, Moosman||Minor (-2)|
1st and 10: This is getting really, really frustrating. Moundros is at the odd wing-back spot again, but doesn't come over to the other side this time, instead serving as an excellent lead blocker. Schilling and Moosman do a solid job on creating a hole for Minor, who fumbles the goddamn ball AGAIN. I'm tired of this. Minor has done one of two things this season: 1) Get very solid yardage and make Michigan fans complain that he's not getting the ball enough. 2) Fumble the ball and make Michigan fans realize why he's not getting the ball enough.
End of the half here.
|1-10||I-form 3 WR||McGuffie||Iso||-2||-||Moosman, Dorrestein|
1st and 10: Moosman gets pushed back, forcing McGuffie to the left. Unfortunately, Dorrestein has been beaten too, and Doug Pilcher has a TFL.
|1-10||Shotgun split trips right||Minor||Zone stretch right||3||-||Dorrestein|
|2-7||Shotgun split trips left||Minor||Triple option pitch||6||Threet||-|
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR||Shaw||Zone stretch right||6||Moosman||Schilling|
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR trips left||Threet/Shaw||Zone read fumble||-||-||Threet (-2), Shaw (-2)|
1st and 10: Not even sure if he's responsible, but Dorrestein doesn't lay a finger on Derek Walker, who glides down the LOS and tackles Minor for a minimal gain.
2nd and 7: Inside fake to Shaw, pitch out to Minor (credit to Threet, smart decision, good pitch).
1st and 10: Schilling gets driven back here, but Shaw is quick enough to get around the corner anyway. Nice second level block by Moosman. Doesn't appear like it should go for much, but Shaw's speed combined with Michigan having them spread out enough produces six yards.
1st and 10: I don't care whether it was Threet or Shaw. Another fumble, this one turned over and crippling a solid drive when we're down 10 and the defense can't stop anything anymore. Holy freaking shit.
I'm killing the charting here. Illinois converts this turnover into a touchdown to go up 31-14, and all meaningful Michigan runs are through.
- This was a very, very disappointing outcome, considering the numbers Illinois had given up to date, and considering the great start Michigan had in this game. The offensive line is terrible, compounded by the fact that there is no continuity because of injuries and the coaches searching for the right combination.
- If I'm Rich Rodriguez, it's time for no holds barred with these fumbles. Enough is enough. The excuse that it's a new system and it's a bunch of freshmen can only hold water for so long. People want to complain about McGuffie seeing most of the carries? He's the only one that's holding onto the goddamn ball. This offense sucks enough. Stop turning it over for god's sake.
- Mark Moundros is solid. He needs to be in there more often. He's been an awesome lead blocker so far this year.