Burn the tape. All of it. You don’t need to put yourself through that again.
I want you to picture a pile of garbage being lit on fire and placed on your neighbors doorstep. Now I want you to picture that same flaming pile of garbage, with a few footballs and helmets on top, and that’s what today’s football game looked like.
Now I know it was ugly, and downright unwatchable for most, but it is a win. Michigan defeated Northwestern on Saturday, and remain in the hunt for a bowl appearance. With Michigan needing to win two of their last three, letting this game slip away was not an option.
Devin Gardner struggled for a good portion of the game, and it showed throughout. Gardner finished the game with just 109 yards passing and a completion percentage of 45.8. He finished with zero touchdown passes and two interceptions on the day.
De’Veon Smith rushed for 121 yards on eighteen carries with a touchdown. Smith showed he recovered from the injury that held him out of most of the game versus Indiana.
The Wolverine defense was key here in a sloppy win, and Frank Clark and Jake Ryan shined. Clark batted down three passes, one leading to an interception, and had three sacks. Jake Ryan had an interception as well, and broke up a pass on a key fourth down. Clark was in on the final play of the game, where Trevor Siemian fell down on the two point conversion attempt. Fear Frank Clark. This is the player Michigan fans were hoping for.
Michigan has just two games remaining; with Maryland coming to town next week, followed by traveling to Ohio State the week after. If they can manage a win against one of the two, they will be bowl eligible.