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What an exciting game! The Cardinals came in and gave Michigan all it could handle. The Wolverine defense stepped it up late, forcing seven straight incomplete passes late in the fourth with goal to go...and soon after thwarting a hail mary attempt. True Freshman Brandon Minor broke 100 yards for the first time in his career with 108 yards on 12 carries. Mike Hart added 154 yards on the ground. Michigan wins a hard fought victory 34-26 behind 507 yards of total offense including 352 rushing. The Wolverines move to 10-0, completed a perfect home season, and have just one more game to go before the big one against Ohio State. 


We played Ball State on Saturday and embarrassed ourselves. We were a couple bad breaks away from going to overtime with one of the worst teams in college football. There are now a laundry list of problems that, if unchecked in the next seven days, will result in getting our collective asses handed to us in Bloomington...and in 14 days, will result in the most lopsided Michigan-Ohio State game in 10 years. That list includes:

  • The dumbest pass in Chad Henne's career

  • Lloyd bringing in the second team defense with just a 15-point lead because he's got a soft spot for his former coaches

  • Questionable pass coverage

  • Being out conditioned by a low level MAC team and having it show in the fourth quarter

  • The dropsies: Breaston, Arrington,'re on notice

  • The right side of the O-Line that let a guy come in unblocked and pop the ball out of Mike Hart's hands

  • The two punter system

  • Garret Rivas's kick offs

  • Dumb penalties

  • Lloyd babying the team on Michigan Replay

I have never been sicker with a win. I've never had less confidence in this 2006 team. I never thought that at 10-0, I would need them to show me something. But I do. I need them to dominate Indiana, make no mistakes, make me comfortable by halftime, and make me want to go to my car by the start of the fourth quarter.

Our home tailgating season came to an end with a plethora of fried turkeys, all cooked and eaten before noon. Stuffing, potatoes, pumpkin muffins, and various other Thanksgiving delights filled the tables before we said our goodbyes for the year. It's been a great year despite the crappy home slate, and I thank all of you for your spirited participation. We step it up every year!

We adjourned from the golf course for the last time and headed to our yearly banquet, where the Godfather was master of ceremonies for the 2006 Tailgating Awards.