Uhhh, that was interesting. Michigan held on to beat FCS opponent UMass 42-37 in a game that featured another stellar performance from Denard Robinson. Robinson accounted for 345 total yards and 3 touchdowns. Robinson bounced back from an interception on his first throw of the game and led his team to a hard fought win. The Wolverines also got a career day from running back Michael Shaw who ran for 126 yards and 3 touchdowns. It was a nice change of pace for the Wolverines to have a great day from someone other than Robinson. Unfortunately, the Wolverines’ defense needed every one of those yards and scores.
If you have been reading this blog, and judging by the lack of comments…. you haven’t, I have been questioning this defense’s inability to….well, play defense. Coach Rich Rodriguez stated that his defense still has “some warts” and “isn’t the 1985 Chicago Bears”. No kidding? They gave up 37 points to UMass yesterday…at home. As they game wore on, fans at the Big House grew nervous and thoughts of Appalachian State began to creep into their heads. Between the terrible defense and special teams, this team is in trouble if they don’t regroup and do it fast. There are going to be games in the Big Ten that will require them to play solid defense and not rely on Denard Robinson to pull them from the fire.
I’ve written that Michigan will likely be 5-0 heading into their game with Michigan State. However, after this latest defensive effort, one has to wonder if they will get to 5-0. If they do, their defense is going to have to improve. If they happen to get to Michigan State without a loss, but without any defensive improvement, Michigan State will beat the Wolverines and beat them decisively.
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Written by Nick English