michigan stadium snowAnother close game this week that is saved by the defense. Michigan had some issues starting out tonight. John O’Korn was the backup quarterback, it was windy and snowy and there were some controversial calls on the field. Michigan was able to escape and keep their playoff and Big Ten Championship hopes alive. Check out how the defense was able to save another close game.

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Wilton Speight was considered day-to-day and we didn’t know who was starting until Michigan had their first offensive possession. What we didn’t know until after the game, was that Jim Harbuagh told John O’Korn that he would start on Saturday. Fans were questionable about O’Korn coming in, and he looked inconsistent. O’Korn couldn’t throw much due to the weather, but when he was given a chance he didn’t impress. O’Korn ended with just 59 yards as he was 7/16. He did scamper for a 30 yard run to give Michigan momentum and wake the offense back up as they were able to score and not look back after that play.

While the defense helped the Wolverines greatly, so did De’Veon Smith. He was the main rock in the run game and in the offense. Smith had 23 carries for 158 yards and two touchdowns as he brought the Wolverines offense back from the dead. Chris Evans had nine carries for 39 yards.

With the weather being a factor, no receivers were able to shine today. Jehu Chesson and Grant Perry lead the team in catches with two, 12 yards for Chesson and 10 for Perry. Receviers couldn’t do much with the weather, but when given the chances they couldn’t do much. O’Korn did overthrow Darboh, so you can’t blame him for that, but Jake Butt dropped a pass.

The offesnive line had a tough beginning, not giving O’Korn time to throw and having Smith work hard for his yards. The second half was a different story though. They were giving many holes to Smith and got the offense working again.

taco charltonDefense

The defensive line helped the defense today as they needed to produce more with the passing game becoming impossible for both teams. Ryan Glasgow lead the group with seven tackles and one sack. Taco Charlton did great as well with four tackles and a sack.

The best unit on the defense was the linebacking core. Ben Gedeon lead the team in tackles with nine, Mike McCray had seven and a pass deflection, while Jabrill Peppers had five tackles. If any running back on Indiana was able to escape the defensive line, the linebackers were there to make the stop. They held the Hoosiers to 64 yards on the ground and didn’t allow the tight ends for Indiana to do well.

The secondary for Michigan had some tough breaks today. Two plays the Indiana wide receivers lost the ball while going down and the booth reviewed both and ruled it complete. Besides those plays they held their own to the best they could. Richard Lagow was held to 191 yards while completing 14 passes out of 29 attempts. Jourdan Lewis had one tackle and one pass deflection. Channing Stribling had five tackles.

Special Teams was solid like the defense. Kenny Allen made both of his field goals while it was windy, the longest from 33 yards out. He had six punts for 247 yards as well with four getting inside the 20 yard line. Jabrill Peppers had four punt returns for 29 yards and on kick returns, Peppers had a return for 18 yards and Jourdan Lewis had one for eight yards. The punt blocking team was also able to block two punts as Khaleke Hudson and Michael Jocz helped give Michigan more momentum at times when they needed it.

Week 13 Preview and Notes

Overall this was a sloppy game by Michigan, but they had a lot going against them so it was a hard-earned win. Michigan knew it was do or die coming in the second half and they answered the challenge. Michigan now needs to win its final game against Ohio State to keep their playoff and Big Ten Championship hopes alive. Ohio State is 10-1 with their only loss coming to Penn State.

The Big Ten East will be decided next week. Michigan controls its own destiny next week. If Penn State can win against Rutgers, then Ohio State’s chances of the Big Ten Championship are slim. If Michigan wins out they are in. If Penn State wins out and Michigan loses they are in. If Ohio State wins out and Penn State loses one of the next two games, then they are in. Next week will be big for the Big Ten.

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