Saturday, October 27, 2012
Final thoughts on Week 9 for Michigan, MSU
Well, looks like
isn’t the only team
having trouble on offense. Michigan
found out what life might be like without Denard Robinson on Saturday, and it
With Robinson on the sidelines with an elbow injury, freshman quarterback Russell Bellomy took over in the second half and was just 3 of 16 passing for 37 yards and three interceptions. Bellomy looked lost and the offense as a whole couldn’t get in any sort of sync with Robinson on the sidelines.
Robinson didn’t exactly light up the
defense when he played in the first half, but Michigan was in the game and showed signs of
being able to move the ball down the field.
Michigan defense played
well enough against a good offense for Michigan
to win, but the Wolverines’ just couldn’t find any magic on offense.
Despite the loss, the Wolverines can still win the Legends Division. Unfortunately for
they will have to root on the Spartans next week as MSU hosts the Cornhuskers.
Aside from Saturday’s loss, the performance of the offense without Robinson has to be concerning about the future of the program.
Just who is going to be the quarterback next season? If it is Bellomy, can he improve enough to make
Michigan a contender? If it is Gardner, is he going to
be able to transition back to the quarterback position and play at a high
level? If it is a true freshman, will they be able to handle the pressure?
Those questions will loom over
Michigan the rest of the season as the
Wolverines still look to earn the Big Ten title.
In a year of disappointments,
State had its high moment of the
season thus far, picking up an unlikely overtime win at Wisconsin.
The MSU offense was a mess again, racking up just 270 yards, but the Spartan defense had arguably its best performance of the season, holding
to 190 total yards.
Despite three and a half quarters of offensive ineptitude,
put together a pair of big scoring
drives when it mattered most with Andrew Maxwell getting two touchdown passes
in the process. Michigan State
Maxwell looked off a lot on Saturday, but his game-winning pass to Bennie Fowler in overtime was a great throw and could be a play that sparks his progression as a college quarterback.
Maxwell needed the marquee throw and victory to give him confidence, and this win could be it.
The difference between winning and losing will be up to the offense. They haven’t come through very often this season, but today they did.
We can talk about the offensive line issues, but those will be an issue all year. It is something that MSU is going to have to try to overcome.