Inside Look: Wolverines beat Wildcats 38-0

In college football ANYTHING can happen, and by anything I do mean Any-thing. Last Saturday was one such example for the aforementioned, when the Wildcats got theirs’ handed to them at Michigan. Northwestern entered the competition with a perfect 5-0 record and 1-0 in Big Ten play. The Wildcats had become a powerful team; Winners alright! Ready to walk through the next open door to winners-ville, the last thing Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald could have imagined was a shutout loss to the Michigan Wolverines.

Perhaps the fact that Michigan had shut out its last two opponents before this game could have been some indication that the Wildcats best be on full alert, but still, a third straight shutout! No one would have expected that. After this win the Wolverines have –now- beat BYU 31-0, Maryland 28-0 and Northwestern 38-0. That’s one hefty record, and one that Michigan will do well to keep up going on into the second half of the season.

The game was certainly fun to watch. Chalk full of action at every minute, big plays, huge tackles and epic runs. In the opening kickoff, Michigan’s Jehu Chesson returned 96 yards to score a fantastic touchdown, and that was just the beginning. The Wolverines went on to score 3 more touchdowns before the half. Michigan knocked the Wildcats down right out of the gate and the stunned Cats found it impossible to carry on.

In a post-game interview, a very somber and sincere coach Fitzgerald said: “We just couldn’t get out of our own way, offensively. We’d put something together, we’d get a penalty, we’d get a drop, we’d get a missed assignment. So that’s disappointing, obviously. It starts and ends with me.” Taking all of the blame for their loss, Fitzgerald, while carrying all the weight on his very shoulders, might be sleeping in the dog house, for a while, if he fails to deliver. Coach Fitzgerald started his career with Northwestern in 2001 as assistant coach and has been head coach since 2006.

Being kicked while down is among the worst things that can happen to any man. In this game the Wildcats came very close to that, by almost losing a man to injury during the game: Matthew Harris, cornerback was smashed in the head by the knee of a Michigan running back. Harris, who had a similar injury last year involving Penn State quarterback, Christian Hackenberg, was carted off the field. Fitzgerald later commented on the injury and assured that Harris was not severely injured and that he would be playing as usual quite soon.

Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock played a stellar game. He completed 17 of 23 passes for 179 yards and conceded not a single turnover. Northwestern best quarterback Clayton Thorson, on the other hand, completed 13 of 27 passes for 106 yards with one interception in the mix. The Wildcats played two other QB’s but none did much better.

Jim Harbaugh, head coach for Michigan, was impressed, happy and proud of his team after their victory. After the win he said, “The fellas really came out ballin’ right from the start.” Harbaugh needs to carry this momentum into this week’s game against number 4 ranked Michigan State as he duly noted, “We’ll move on [into the game against the Spartans] even more quickly than usual because it [Northwestern] is such a good and worthy opponent, and, we’ll be looking forward to it.”

October 12, 2015 by : Posted in College Football No Comments

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