O-Line: Ortmann - Schilling - Molk - Moosman - Huyge. Huyge slides to RG and Dorrestein is at RT when Moosman leaves injured.
|1-10||Shotgun slot right||Brown||Zone read stretch||-2||-||Koger|
1st and 10: Koger serves as a lead blocker from the H-back position, but Manti Te'o is unblocked by him and stuffs this play in the backfield.
|1-10||Shotgun slot left||Forcier||Zone read keeper||8||Forcier||-|
|2-8||Shotgun slot left||Minor||Zone read stretch||22||Huyge, Molk/Moosman, Schilling||-|
|1-G||I-form 2 TE||Minor||HB dive||2-TD||Moundros||-|
1st and 10: As is the usual when the QB keeps, there's no blocking involved here to free him up. Forcier just makes the correct read when the end crashes down.
1st and 10: ABC is slow with their camerawork, so we miss the formation and actual playcall. Koger does a good job turning the DE out, but Darius Fleming gets leverage on Huyge and is able to tackle for a minimal gain.
2nd and 8: Huyge muscles Fleming to the outside while Molk and Moosman team up to seal Ian Williams inside, springing Minor on the stretch. At the second level, Schilling cuts Toryan Smith. Nice first level blocking aside, this is a perfect example of a play Michigan failed at spectacularly last year. In 2008, in the rare event that the OL got good blocks in the zone game to begin with, they almost never reached the second level to cut linebackers and safeties and produce big runs like this.
1st and goal: Always hard to single out any offensive linemen down near the goalline, as it's usually just a mass of humanity. Moundros sticks out here, as he picks up Kyle McCarthy coming off the edge and cuts him to the ground. Minor spins off an initial tackle and falls forward for the touchdown.
|1-10||Shotgun split slot left||Brown||Zone read dive||0||-||Schilling (-0.5), Forcier|
1st and 10: Schilling gets pushed back a bit, but this is mostly on Forcier. John Ryan crashes down on Brown with abandon; it's a keeper situation, but Forcier hands it off, and Ryan tackles Brown for no gain.
|1-10||Shotgun slot right||Robinson||ISQD||1||-||Stonum (-0.5)|
1st and 10: I'm going to take half a point off for Stonum here, simply because he gives a lazy block that Robert Blanton easily sheds, and he makes the tackle, but there was no surprise here. Forcier motioned out to WR, and Notre Dame immediately stepped forward at the snap. They were expecting the quarterback draw, they got it, and they stopped it.
|1-10||Shotgun slot left||Robinson||QB keeper||14||Huyge, Moosman, Molk||-|
|1-10||Shotgun slot left||Forcier||Zone read keeper||3||Webb||Forcier (-2), Odoms|
|2-7||Shotgun slot right||Odoms||Reverse||-4||-||Webb (-2)|
1st and 10: This is almost like some type of "QB stretch" play. It's a keeper all the way, but Robinson sort of drifts to his right, waiting for a crease to appear. It does, created by the right side of Huyge, Moosman and Molk. Robinson zips through.
1st and 10: If Forcier hands this off to Minor, it's a huge gain, as Michigan's offensive line creates an enormous hole up the middle. But Tate keeps it, and while Webb, the H-back, peels back to the weakside to take out the linebacker on the scrape exchange (detailed here), Tate then tries to go outside instead of straight upfield. This problem is compounded by Odoms missing a block, which allows Raeshon McNeil to hold this down. Freshman mistake on this play, particularly in thinking he can make it to the corner like he did in high school. These will fade away as Tate's career progresses.
2nd and 7: This is actually going to be a big play. You can see the Notre Dame defense caught by surprise, the left side of the offensive line is at the second level ready to block the secondary...but Webb totally whiffs on the counter block out of the H-back position on John Ryan. Ryan forces Odoms to cut upfield, right into a wave of tacklers, destroying the play. If Webb picks up Ryan, Odoms has only a safety to deal with.
|2-3||Shotgun slot left||Forcier||QB keeper||4||Minor/Koger||-|
|1-10||Shotgun slot right||Minor||"Zone read" stretch||16||Moosman, Molk||-|
|1-10||Shotgun slot right||Minor||"Zone read" dive||32||Koger, Huyge, Moosman, Molk||-|
|1-G||I-form 2 TE||Minor||HB dive||0||-||Huyge|
|3-G||I-form 2 TE||Minor||HB sweep||-2||-||Koger, Kev. Grady|
2nd and 3: Minor as a lead blocker, helps Koger with the DE, giving Forcier enough room to fall forward for the first.
1st and 10: I put "zone read" in quotes because I believe this is the first play of the halftime adjustments Calvin Magee mentioned where the coaches took the "read" out of Forcier's hands. They wanted Minor to get more touches, so they told Tate to hand it off regardless. He gives the appearence of a zone read, but I think Minor was getting this the whole time. Molk and Moosman excel here, providing a nice hole for Minor to go through.
1st and 10: This is beautiful to watch, really. Koger is the H-back, and peels back to the weakside to mash Fleming, while Huyge cuts off Brian Smith at the second level. Moosman manhandles Ian Williams, and Molk stands up Toryan Smith at the second level. Just excellent execution of the dive play, turning Minor loose for a big play.
1st and goal: Kapron Lewis-Moore gets inside of Huyge here and trips Minor on the dive play up the middle.
3rd and goal: I absolutely hate hate HATE this call here. The point of calling a sweep play, especially in a situation like this where your opponent has loaded up in their goalline set, is to catch the defense off guard with speed to the edge when they expect power up the middle. So while the playcall itself is not flawed, calling it with Brandon Minor is a bad idea. Minor's at his best going north-south. This is a play for Carlos Brown or Michael Shaw, guys with oodles of speed. Minor just isn't fast enough to get to the corner. Kevin Grady overrunning this as the fullback and Koger missing a block help doom this play.
|1-10||Shotgun slot left||Minor||"Zone read" stretch||6||Huyge, Moosman, Molk/Schilling||-|
|2-4||Shotgun slot left||Minor||"Zone read" dive||13||Moosman, Molk, Schilling, Ortmann||-|
|1-G||Shotgun slot left||Minor||"Zone read" stretch||"-1"||-||-|
|2-G||Shotgun 2 TE 3 WR||Robinson||QB keeper||5||Koger, Huyge||-|
1st and 10: Huyge turns the DE out, while Moosman absolutely owns Ian Williams again. Molk and Schilling don't really put their hands on Toryan Smith, but they help clear him out just by being there.
2nd and 4: Moosman again, this time taking out Fleming while Molk gets the honor of mashing Ian Williams on this play. Ethan Johnson gets turned away by Ortmann, and Schilling gets to the second level to neutralize Toryan Smith.
1st and goal: I'm not giving out and pluses or minuses here, because this should've been a 3-4 yard gain, but for some reason the referees ruled that Minor fumbled and recovered a yard behind the line of scrimmage when his knee was clearly touching the ground before the ball came out. Why was there no review here???
2nd and goal: Koger laughably demolishes Brian Smith on this play, tossing him aside like a rag doll. Harrison Smith makes the tackle on this play, but Huyge occupied him at the second level long enough for Robinson to pick up five (before Darrin Walls hit him out of bounds, but I'm not going to complain. This isn't a Notre Dame blog.)
|1-10||Shotgun slot left||Minor||"Zone read" dive||1||-||Schilling (-2)|
|1-10||Shotgun slot right||Forcier||Zone read keeper||4||Forcier||-|
|2-6||Shotgun slot left||Robinson||QB keeper fake sweep||1||-||Molk|
1st and 10: ...YIKES. Schilling gets absolutely bulldozed by Ethan Johnson, blowing up the play immediately. This is startling to watch when you see it. Just completely blown backward and buried.
1st and 10: Well, after handing it off to Minor on the "read" plays all quarter, this is an easy decision to keep for Forcier, but the correct one.
2nd and 6: I think this is supposed to be a fake to Kelvin Grady, who sweeps in from the slot. If it is, Robinson does a terrible job selling it. Regardless, Ethan Johnson gets inside of Molk and tackles.
|1-10||Ace twins left||Minor||HB dive||6||Koger, Huyge, Moosman||-|
|1-10||Shotgun slot left||Forcier||Zone read keeper||2||Forcier||Forcier|
|2-8||Shotgun slot right||Brown||Zone read stretch||6||Huyge, Molk|
|3-2||Shotgun slot left||Minor||"Zone read" dive||-1||-||Schilling (-2)|
1st and 10: Koger manhandles Fleming again. Huyge nails Toryan Smith on the second level, and once again, Moosman just pushes Ian Williams around.
1st and 10: Plus to Forcier for keeping when John Ryan crashed down (even though Koger popped Ryan on the counter). Minus for again trying to go wide and get the corner against an opposing cornerback. He'll learn this, but it's still frustrating when he could've gotten 4-5 if he had gone straight upfield but instead got just two.
2nd and 8: Huyge escorts Kerry Neal away, and Molk hammers Ian Williams, allowing Brown to follow lead blocker Koger through the hole. If there was a Notre Dame UFR, Ian Williams would be at about minus a billion.
3rd and 2: Schilling is owned by Ethan Johnson again, and again the play is disrupted in the backfield. Schilling visibly frustrated as he gets up. Can't tell if it's just general annoyance or if he was expecting help from somebody.
|2-1||Ace twins right||Minor||Off tackle right||5||Webb, Mathews|
|2-10||Shotgun slot left||Minor||Zone read stretch||-1||-||Huyge|
2nd and 1: Webb does a good job keeping Brian Smith to the inside while Minor goes off tackle. Also a good job by Mathews, lined up in the slot, occupying Darrin Walls.
2nd and 10: Huyge gets to the second level, but whiffs on Kyle McCarthy. Minor was stretched all the way to the sideline, but would've gotten a small gain if Huyge had gotten the block.
|2-1||Shotgun slot left||Minor||Zone read dive||6||Ortmann, Schilling, Molk||-|
2nd and 1: Final run of the game, as the Tate Show commences after Minor picks up this first down. Ortmann gets enough of Johnson, Schilling gets to the second level and sticks Brian Smith, and Molk totally outmuscles - who else? - Ian Williams.
- Molk and Moosman were absolutely dominant. Ian Williams was every bit the movable object he was last year. Might as well have been wearing iceskates.
- I have been surprisingly unimpressed with Schilling so far. He hasn't been a huge liability (despite being owned by Ethan Johnson twice), but I thought the move to guard would immediately make him our best lineman. Not a lost cause, obviously.
- Koger is a much better blocker than Webb, both at the traditional TE spot, and flexed out at the H-back position.
- We all have huge expectations for Patrick Omameh, the coaches have raved about him about how athletic he is and how he's caught on in the system, etc...Mark Huyge has been really good so far. Seems logical that Huyge will shift to LT next year to replace Ortmann and Omameh will get on the field at RT. In the short term, assuming Moosman misses a week or two, I wonder what the coaches will do. In the heat of battle with a game-winning drive needed, Omameh obviously was not an option, you had to go with the player who's actually seen time (Perry Dorrestein). But with a full week to prep knowing Moosman probably won't be in there, and considering the relative cupcake-ness of the opponent, do you throw Omameh into the fire at RT while shifting Huyge to RG? Or do you go with Dorrestein? Personally, I'd put Omameh, based on my entirely-outside observations. If the practices reports were accurate that Omameh was just barely behind Huyge in their position battle, why not put him in there to get game experience. But hey, that's why I'm on the couch at home and Rich Rodriguez and Greg Frey make money to make that decision.
- Oh yeah....Darius Fleming, please pick up your jock: