Saturday was the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, and Michigan Football had the biggest event in America. The game was a maize out, with most of the fans wearing maize. The pregame ceremony featured a huge American flag that stretched across the entire football field, even the pregame flyover had a little extra sizzle. Something was in the air.
When the game finally kicked off, the fans were energized and loud, creating a delay of game penalty for Washington on the first play of the game.
“The crowd was going and it’s everything that we worked on and that’s what’s unfortunate,” Washington head coach Jimmy Lake said. “It’s everything that we worked on in practice on Tuesday and Wednesday, blaring noise and blaring music at our guys. So it’s unfortunate that something we worked on we weren’t able to execute.”
Aidan Hutchinson took to Twitter to thank the fans for “coming out and being loud”. Hutchinson wants another maize out this season.
Thanks to all the fans coming out and being LOUD!! Need another maize out sometime this year https://t.co/wI9bVbefp5— Aidan Hutchinson (@aidanhutch97) September 12, 2021
Most of the crowd stayed from start to finish, especially the student section, who stuck around late into the night. This is the loudest Michigan Stadium has been for quite some time. Jimmy Lake said that it was a “hostile environment”, and he isn’t wrong. The fans made a difference and provided Michigan a decisive home field advantage.
All 108,342 fans were ROCKING #GoBlue〽️ #MaizeOut pic.twitter.com/B9LvzITaBr— Christina DeRuyter (@cderute) September 13, 2021
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