|Eat my dreads.|
I'm going to take a slightly different tactic this week than other weeks. Heading into the bowl game, there's no real reason to suggest personnel changes other than just for the hell of it. If a guy is a starter now, he'll probably be starting in the bowl game. Michigan just beat Ohio State, I'm happy, and these are all positive awards today.
Offensive MVP . . . Denard Robinson. He was 14/17 for 167 yards and 3 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. He ran the ball 26 times for 170 yards and 2 touchdowns. The kid was patient in the pocket, stepped up in crunch time, and seemed more decisive in the running game than he has for most of the year. This was an easy pick.
Defensive MVP . . . Ryan Van Bergen. Van Bergen had 7 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 pass breakup, and 1/2 a sack. He was consistently causing trouble for quarterback Braxton Miller and running back Dan Herron, and he notched the tackle that pinned OSU to the goal line and allowed for a safety on the following play.
Offensive play of the game . . . Denard's 41-yard touchdown run. Not only did Denard make a good read in the running game, but he also looked quicker than he has in recent weeks and made Etienne Sabino look silly. It was electrifying to see him have success against a defense that has smothered Michigan the past few seasons. I think that play gave the players and the fans notice that the offense was going to be explosive the entire day.
Defensive play of the game #1 . . . Blake Countess's pass breakup. On 3rd-and-27 from their own 3-yard line, Braxton Miller launched a missile to DeVier Posey, who was streaking down the middle of the field. Countess was trailing Posey and turned on the jets just in time to get a finger on the ball, knocking the pass down. Even though a holding penalty in the endzone would have negated the gain, Countess didn't know that when he was making the play. That was a potential 97-yard touchdown pass that surely would have taken some of the wind out of Michigan's sails.
Defensive play of the game #2 . . . Courtney Avery's interception. For a nickel corner to be tied for the team lead with 2 interceptions, that's a pretty good job for Avery. He could probably be starting for this team at one of the outside corner positions, but he's aggressive and physical in the slot and that physicality paid off. On a last-gasp pass for Ohio State, Avery knocked down wide receiver Devin Smith and then launched himself through the air to pick off the pass. It was 4th-and-6 so the interception wasn't much different than a simple incompletion, but it was a great play nonethelesss.