O-Line: Ortmann - Schilling - Molk - Ferrara - Huyge.
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR||Brown||Zone read stretch||30||Huyge, Koger, Mathews||-|
|2-10||Shotgun split slot left||Brown||Zone read stretch||4||Schilling||Ortmann|
|3-6||Shotgun 5 WR||Forcier||QB draw||-2||-||-|
1st and 10: Huyge contains the DE, allowing Brown to get outside. Koger just DECKS the linebacker inside, and Mathews gives a good block on the corner. A phantom tackle somehow throws Brown off balance and prevents a 51 yard touchdown.
2nd and 10: Kind of a mucky play as the OL just battles the DL down the line. Schilling does a good job getting to the second level and putting his helmet on a linebacker, but Ortmann fails to adaquately cut the read end, who comes down and tackles.
3rd and 6: This would be a -2 or -3 for the coaches if I charted playcalling, because nobody misses a block or anything, the linebacker just makes a great read and shoots in. I really dislike this playcall, partly because I don't like exposing our freshman quarterback - who is the key to an 8-9 win season - to unnecessary damage against a MAC team, but more because it just seems like a give up call, almost as if the coaches settled for three.
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR trips left||Brown||Zone read dive||6||Ortmann, Schilling||-|
|3-1||I-form twins right||Brown||Power O||14||Huyge, Kev. Grady||-|
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR||Minor||Zone read stretch||13||Webb, Mathews, Schilling||-|
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR trips right||Minor||Zone read dive||5||Huyge, Ferrara||-|
|2-5||Shotgun slot right||Minor||Zone read stretch||3||-||Molk|
|1-G||Shotgun split slot right||Brown||Zone read stretch||-4||-||Brown|
|2-G||Ace 4 WR||Brown||HB dive||9-TD||Molk, Huyge||-|
1st and 10: The mesh freezes the read end, and Ortmann just shoves the tackle away, giving Brown plenty of room. Schilling gets to the second level with ease again, sticking a linebacker.
3rd and 1: This is a staple of the Michigan State playbook where the guard pulls around and serves as another lead blocker on an off-tackle-ish type of play. In this case the pulling guard (Schilling) isn't really needed, as Huyge and Kevin Grady provide great blocks, and Brown cuts back nicely.
1st and 10: More quickness by Schilling getting to the second level, and solid blocks by Mathews and Webb (flexed out in the slot). Note how the wideouts have been infinitely better at downfield blocking this year after being unmitigated disasters a year ago. The teeth gnashing about Soup Campbell's dismissal and the doubting of Tony Dews seems comical now.
1st and 10: Good enough job by the right side of the line here, Huyge effectively seals off the edge on the zone block, and Ferrara gets to the second level. Not as fast as Schilling does, but good enough.
2nd and 5: This one is sketchy. Molk doesn't really lose his guy, but at the same time, he knifed into the backfield and despite having Molk blocking him, it forced Minor to cut upfield, which allowed the read end to come down the line and hold the play down.
1st and goal: I can't figure out why Brown cuts back here. There isn't an exceptional push from the OL here, but Brown doesn't wait the stretch play out, instead choosing to cut back when, as is almost always the case in a zone blocking scheme, there is no backside help. If Brown shows more patience, this is a positive play.
2nd and goal: Lol, Huyge gets away with a blatant false start, allowing him to clear a defensive tackle out. Molk also seals, and Brown zips right through to the endzone. Amazing really that they didn't call Huyge, he clearly moved before the snap.
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR||Forcier||Zone read keeper||2||Forcier||Huyge|
|3-1||Ace 2 WR||Shaw||HB dive||22||Webb||-|
|1-10||Ace 2 WR||Shaw||HB dive||7||Webb, Ortmann, Schilling||-|
|2-3||I-form twins right||Shaw||Power O right||5-TD||Schilling, Kev. Grady, Koger/Huyge||-|
1st and 10: Correct read by Forcier to keep it, but the linebacker is too fast for Huyge, otherwise this is probably a first down.
3rd and 1: Webb mashes the DE on the inside, but this is almost all on Shaw, who makes a beautiful cut.
1st and 10: Another good block by Webb, while Ortmann mauls the defensive end and Schilling turns the defensive tackle completely away. Oh, and Wayne Larrivee is a clueless twit. "Michigan showing a lot of no huddle here." ORLY?
2nd and 3: Same power O play as last time, only this time Schilling is integral, and he destroys the safety. Grady sticks a linebacker, Koger and Huyge team up to neutralize the end, and Shaw muscles into the endzone.
|1-10||Shotgun slot left||Brown||Zone read dive||90-TD||Molk, Schilling, Ortmann, Webb||-|
1st and 10: Ahhh. Webb is the H-back, and counters to the weakside at the snap, where he blocks the defensive end. Schilling basically piledrives the tackle into the turf, and Ortmann and Molk blow up linebackers at the second level. From there, it's the Ron English special, as the EMU safety steps up toward the hole tenatively (at the wrong angle) Brown is hitting, stops, hesitates, and hurls himself uselessly at Brown's feet as Carlos zips past him at full speed. 90 yards later, we celebrate. Nice to be on the opposite end of one of these for a change. Seriously, I don't think Ron English knows what he's doing when he's coaching safeties. The play by his safety here looked exactly like the plays Michigan safeties made time and again under English's tenure as DB coach/defensive coordinator.
|2-10||Shotgun 4 WR||Robinson||ISQD||11||Shaw, Ortmann||-|
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR||Shaw||Zone read stretch||-1||-||Robinson, Ortmann, Schilling|
2nd and 10: Ortmann does a great job turning the DE outside, providing a big hole for Robinson to hit, and Shaw throws a great fullback-like block to spring him into the secondary.
1st and 10: Oh my goodness. Okay, first, the OL. Ortmann gets muscled backward, forcing Shaw to cut up, and Schilling is actually too fast to the second level, and a linebacker gets past him to make the tackle. But the key to this play....oh my god keep the ball. The defensive end crashes down toward Shaw. If Robinson keeps this, ohmygod open spaces for our 4.3 40 quarterback against MAC players. This is quite possibly a 76 yard touchdown if Robinson pulls it out of Shaw's stomach.
|2-19||Shotgun slot left||Brown||Zone read dive||14||Webb, Ortmann, Schilling||-|
2nd and 19: Webb with another good block as he counters out of the H-back position against the read end. Ortmann also does another good job of escorting the tackle down the line on the zone block, and Schilling sticks the linebacker again on the second level.
|1-10||I-form slot right||Brown||HB blast/fake end around||7||Kev. Grady, Ortmann, Schilling||-|
|2-3||Shotgun slot left||Brown||Zone read stretch||3||Molk||-|
1st and 10: The weakside defensive end is left uncovered as Ortmann gets to the second level to handle a linebacker. This is taken care of by Grady at fullback, as he cuts the end to the ground. Schilling escorts the tackle away with ease.
2nd and 3: Ehhh. There aren't really any misses by the OL here, it's just kind of a "meh" play. Molk does get a powerful block. The end crashes down and eventually chases Brown down the line to tackle, but Forcier made the right move handing it off - the linebacker was eyeing him via the scrape exchange.
|1-10||Shotgun split slot right||Shaw||Zone read stretch||-1||-||Molk|
|2-11||Shotgun split slot right||Forcier||Zone read keeper||3||Forcier||-|
1st and 10: Molk is overpowered by the defensive tackle slanting into the backfield, which disrupts the stretch play and allows the weakside end to chase Shaw down behind the LOS.
2nd and 11: There's no scrape exchange, and the end crashes down, so correct read by Forcier to keep it.
|1-10||Shotgun split twins left||Brown||Zone read dive||4||Kev. Grady, Molk||-|
|2-6||Shotgun split twins left||Brown||Zone read stretch||2||Ferrara||Koger|
|2-3||Shotgun slot right||Shaw||Zone read dive||18||Koger, Ferrara, Huyge||-|
|1-G||Shotgun slot right||Shaw||Zone read stretch||0||-||Ortmann|
|2-G||Shotgun split slot right||Odoms||Reverse||13-TD||Kev. Grady, Ortmann, Savoy||-|
1st and 10: Another impressive cut by Kevin Grady on the uncovered defensive end. The tackle seems to get inside of Molk, but Molk manages to turn him away from Brown on the dive play.
2nd and 6: Ferrara does a nice job against the end (while holding?), but Koger doesn't block the linebacker long enough; said linebacker sheds the block and tackles.
2nd and 3: This play is basically the bread and butter of Michigan's running game so far. Koger, lined up at the H-back position, counters to the other side of the formation at the snap, eliminating the read end from the play. Good blocks from Huyge and Ferrara then spring Shaw to the next level. This has worked pretty much without fail so far this year.
1st and goal: BTN misses the snap basically because they have no way to cope with Michigan running the no huddle offense despite always running it....Ortmann is pushed backwards, forcing Shaw to cut upfield on the stretch, which allows the unblocked defensive end from the weakside to come down and tackle.
2nd and goal: Beautiful. Perfectly set up reverse that features a crushing block by Savoy, a good block by Grady (set up by Odoms), and Ortmann all the way out there on the corner(!). This is the old Darius Reynaud play from RR's WVU days.
|2-10||Shotgun slot right||Brown||Zone read dive||8||Ferrara, Huyge||-|
|3-2||Shotgun 4 WR||Robinson||ISQD||13-TD||Schilling, Ortmann, Webb||-|
2nd and 10: Ferrara basically carries the defensive tackle away and deposits him somewhere near the sideline. Huyge shows great speed getting to the second level. This play is overshadowed by the (temporary) impending sense of doom that was accompanied with Tate Forcier being crumpled on the field on the previous play.
3rd and 2: The left side of the line does a great job turning the end and tackle outside, giving Robinson a big gap up the middle. Webb just drives the nickelback backwards, and Robinson goes in standing up.
|1-10||Ace twins left||Shaw||HB dive||5||Ortmann, Schilling||-|
|2-5||Ace 2 WR||Shaw||HB dive||-2||-||Schilling|
1st and 10: Ortmann with good quickness to get to the linebacker on the second level, and Schilling again just mauls the tackle. This is the type of physical dominance a Big Ten team should exert on a crappy MAC team. Of course...
2nd and 5: ...on the next play the tackle overpowers Schilling, Shaw sort of runs into them, and the play is busted.
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR||Smith||Zone read dive||10||Robinson||-|
|1-10||Shotgun 4 WR||Robinson||ISQD||36-TD||Huyge, Webb, Smith||-|
1st and 10: Backups starting to appear, but the 1st team OL is still in. Vincent Smith shows freakish vision (for a freshman) with a cutback to daylight (/Musberger). Robinson...sort of...throws a block here. It's enough to spring Smith for 10.
1st and 10: Huyge turns the end away excellently, and there's a huge hole. Smith serves a lead blocker and throws a nice pop. Downfield, Webb occupies the corner. Good day from him run blocking.
Four TD lead in the latter half of the 4th quarter against a MAC cupcake = end of charting.
And by reader request, a cumulative chart: