|Denard Robinson broke these tackles in his way to a 67-yard touchdown|
Let's see less of this guy on offense . . . Vincent Smith. This goes hand in hand with the usage of Robinson, but Smith can't be an every-down back. The Michigan coaches should have learned that by now. Al Borges tried to slam him up the middle with a weak interior line, and Smith went nowhere. Throw him some screens and run the inverted veer with him, but don't line him up in the "I" and expect to gain yards on the ground.
Let's see more of this guy on defense . . . Frank Clark. Clark was in the doghouse during the offseason, and he's not the most disciplined player on the field. But Clark is superior to Brennen Beyer in almost every other way. The kid bats down passes, puts pressure on the quarterback, and makes plays. Unless the coaches are still working out the issues of Clark's off-season troubles, Clark needs to be the starting weakside end.
Let's see less of this guy on defense . . . Joe Bolden. I've said it before, but Bolden's just not ready for these big-time games. He took a couple bad angles on Saturday and missed some tackles. I do believe that he'll be a solid player in the future, but the game's just moving too fast for him right now. He's a perfect example of why freshman linebackers should redshirt.
Play of the game . . . Denard Robinson's 67-yard touchdown run. While the Wolverines trotted out Robinson at quarterback with a minute and some change left, it seemed as though Michigan was going to be happy with the status quo going into halftime. He couldn't beat Ohio State with his arm and everyone knew it. He took the snap, went left, and gained a chunk of yards. On the next play, he took the snap, faked a handoff, and then gave three blockers time to get out in front of him to the right. He burst past his blockers, withstood two Buckeye tacklers who tried to crunch him between themselves, stumbled, and then outran everyone for a 67-yard touchdown that put Michigan up by 7 points. Of course, Ohio State drove down and kicked a field goal before the half, but that was still a four-point swing in the right direction for Michigan.
MVP of the game . . . Jake Ryan. Ryan didn't score any touchdowns, but he filled up the stat sheet on the defensive side of the ball and did a good job of mostly hemming in OSU quarterback Braxton Miller. Ryan finished the day with 9 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 2 forced fumbles. Michigan still had a chance to win the game because the defense kept them in it, and Ryan was the best defensive player on the field.