Sifting through the wreckage
Looking at the early returns, a few things are striking about the statistics from today's Rose Bowl game. Michigan was held to 12 net rushing yards. This is not quite as bad as it first seems in that net rushing yards factors in lost yards due to sacks. Michigan yielded 6 sacks and lost over 40 yards which suppressed its rushing yards total. However, it is terrible that the Wolverines yielded seven sacks in this game (five in the first half) after yielding only 18 in the first 12 games of the season. There was a complete and total breakdown of the O-Line in this game. On the defensive side of the ball, Michigan allowed John David Booty (27/45 391 yds. 4 tds.) to amass Heisman-like numbers. His favorite target was Dwayne Jarrett (11 rec. 205 yds. 2 tds.) who tortured the Michigan secondary all afternoon. A team knows it is in trouble when its statistical highlight is the fact that its punter (Zoltan Mesko) had an excellent game. A breakdown of the statistics from the game will occur when my breakdown is over. Go Blue!
Labels: 2007 Rose Bowl