Same Song, Different Verse

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If you'd have told me before the Rose Bowl that Michigan's offense would

  • not turn the ball over
  • only allow one sack
  • throw for four touchdowns
  • go 3-3 on field goals

And that their defense and special teams would

  • get two turnovers
  • hold Benson scoreless and under 100 yards
  • get four kick returns to around midfield
I'd have replied that either Michigan won big or Vince Young killed them.

And we all know what happened.

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There was much rejoicing here in Austin.

And no, I'm not trying to put salt in your wound, I was just happy that my brief visit back to the US had an additional celebratory aspect to it.

It couldn't have been a closer game.

My sympathies... I'm a West Virginia fan, so I'm sure brimming with delight over the Mountaineers' stellar bowl performance, one that was exactly up to their usual standard of post-season excellence.

I don't think I've ever seen a football squad with such suck for their special teams.

Oh well. Go Steelers.

Vince Young, I mean my god- that young man can play some football. I think Michigan played just about as good as it could, but it obviously wasn't enough to slow down Young.

Helluva game though....

Yeah, I have to admit that from a neutral fan's perspective (or at least as close to one as I can approximate), it was one of the best Rose Bowls in my memory. I think there were four or five lead changes. I am glad that it wasn't a pimp-slapping, which is something I was worried about. That a freshman quarterback could hang 37 points on Texas' D without throwing a pick gives me a lot of hope for the offense next year.

What frustrates me the most is the Michigan defense. I know DC Jim Hermann can put together a dominating unit - the 1997 championship team was exactly that. And I'd have to check to make sure, but I think he's got the same staff he had then.

I think the only way Michigan can deal with running quarterbacks is with a sniper in the press box.

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