What a way for Michigan to officially end the Summer.
Michigan had most of the nation's attention on Saturday night in it's road game of the season. The Wolverines mounted a late comeback and held off UConn for a 24-21 victory. The win wasn't pretty but in the end, team #134 will take the win and run with it.
Back home with a win. AA bound #4-0— Desmond Morgan (@D_Morgan48) September 22, 2013
Frank Clark (@UMclark57) September 22, 2013
4-0 is 4-0— Logan Tuley-Tillman™ (@LoganTillman) September 22, 2013
The theme of the 2013 season thus far has been turnovers. None other than QB1 Devin Gardner is the largest culprit of turning the ball over. Gardner now has 8 interceptions through 4 non-conference games. It's tough to imagine a guy with Gardner's talent averaging 2 interceptions per game but you are what you are. Numbers don't lie.
Devin Gardner's eight interceptions are tied for the most in the nation.— Tony Gerdeman (@GerdOzone) September 23, 2013
As bad as Gardner looked at times during the Akron game in week three, you would have to say that the UConn performance was even worse. The QB draw plays are occasionally effective but they are not a recipe for long term success. The lack of flow on offense has resulted in a large amount of turnovers.
Michigan hasn't just turned the ball over occasionally. The ball has changed hands frequently and often. It's accumulated to the point that Michigan is nearly last in the nation in turnovers lost. Michigan has to
Michigan is tied for 120th in FBS with 12 turnovers lost. The only team with more is Western Kentucky (15).— Drew Hallett (@DrewCHallett) September 22, 2013
Hoke: I'm very surprised (to be 4-0 w so many turnovers)— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) September 22, 2013
On a side note, did you see a famous Wolverine fan at the game? It was none other than Mr. New York, Derek Jeter. The New York Yankees shortstop made the trip out to Connecticut to root on the Wolverines and it's been established how big a fan he is of Michigan football. Regardless of how you feel about Jeter from a baseball perspective, you have to be a fan of the company he keeps. His latest plus-one is Sports Illustrated model, Hannah Davis.
Back to Michigan v UConn.
Michigan has struggled to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks, that must is clearly obvious. However, from a defensive perspective, the Wolverines have been stellar at stopping the run game. The Michigan D has put some crazy good stats when it comes to it's rush defense. It's important to keep Michigan's competition in mind when you look at these stats, but they are nonetheless still impressive.
Per the Big Ten, Michigan and Iowa are the only two #B1G teams who have yet to allow a rushing touchdown.— Tony Gerdeman (@GerdOzone) September 22, 2013
A couple interesting Michigan stats. The good: UM is No. 8 in rush D (79.0). The BAD -5 turnover margin, last in Big Ten, 112th nationally— angelique (@chengelis) September 22, 2013
It was nice to see Frank Clark showcase his beastly skills and show some sort of presence on an opposing QB. Clark and recent March Madness legend Spike Albrecht even exchanged some tweets about one of Clark's sacks.
Hugeeeee sack bro!! @UMclark57— spike albrecht (@SpikeAlbrecht) September 22, 2013
@SpikeAlbrecht I learned that from you Spikey— Frank Clark (@UMclark57) September 22, 2013
@UMclark57 haha yeah good one, congrats on the win though!— spike albrecht (@SpikeAlbrecht) September 22, 2013
The moral of the story is short and simple for Michigan. If the Wolverines can limit the turnovers and continue to control the opposing team's run game, it can lead to more victories throughout the season. Michigan hasn't played consistent football in 2013 and the players will need to use the upcoming bye week as a measuring stick. Time to put away all the hype that surrounded the team after the Notre Dame victory. Time to forget about the fact that the team is 4-0. Time to go back to basics and play fundamental football.
The MVP of the game has to go to Desmond Morgan. His interception gave Michigan a shot of momentum and that play alone could be a changing point for Team #134.
Hoke on Morgan's int: it obviously gave us momentum ...— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) September 22, 2013
Desmond Morgan named Athlon Sports Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.— Michigan Football (@umichfootball) September 23, 2013
At the end of the day, Michigan is an undefeated team and that's more than a lot of other college football teams can say. The hopes of a B1G title are still alive and possible. One thing Michigan doesn't have to do is apologize for continuing to grind out games and win. Winning means everything these days.
Great win tonight! Miss being out there with my brothers. #134 #GoBlue— Jake Ryan (@JakeRyan_47) September 22, 2013
I'm proud to be a Michigan Wolverine! pic.twitter.com/ozlhzxWOHs— Csont'e York (@Ct_York) September 23, 2013
Nothing like being back out there with my brothers! Good win fellas! God is good! #team134— Courtney Avery (@CAvery5) September 22, 2013
We will win at the end of the day— Matt Godin (@Matt_godin81) September 22, 2013
Keep doubting twitter, no matter how it happened Michigan is 4-0, couldn't be more happy to be a #MichiganMan— Mason Cole (@MasonCole52) September 22, 2013
We relentlessly fight to defend our home and embrace the battles on the road 💯👌— Khalid Hill (@KRH_80) September 22, 2013
Faced adversity but pulled through and that's what matters. #beatMinnesota— jake butt (@JBooty_88) September 22, 2013