Saturday, September 12, 2009

Michigan vs. Notre Dame- 30 year flashback

It was thirty years ago this month that Notre Dame traveled to Ann Arbor for an early season showdown between the two legendary programs. Michigan could not settle on a starting quarterback and rotated between John Wangler (#5) and B.J. Dickey, the better runner. The Wolverines also had concerns about the kicking game as walk-on Bryan Virgil handled the field goal kicking duties. Option QB B.J. Dickey got the start for the Wolverines but Michigan was only able to muster a field goal and a single touchdown through 3 1/2 quarters of play. Trailing 12-10 late in the game, Coach Schembechler inserted John Wangler into the game at quarterback. Wangler promptly drove the Wolverines from their own 42 , with 2:02 to play, down to the Irish 25 with seven seconds remaining. Kicker Bryan Virgil came on to attempt a 42-yard field goal for the win.



Fast forward thirty years to September, 2009. Notre Dame is traveling to Ann Arbor this week and the Wolverines are rotating quarterbacks (#5 Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson, the better runner) and they still have questions about the kicking game with a walk-on field goal kicker in Jason Olesnavage. Hopefully, if the game comes down to a last second kick, Olesnavage will nail it through the uprights. I don't want this game to haunt me for the next thirty years. Go Blue!

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