The Hoosier’s rushed into Michigan Stadium with their expectations of victory soaring due to the formerly undefeated Wolverine’s one point miscue in Iowa City Saturday.
Before their tenth game stumble, the Wolverines had impressively forged nine consecutive wins, and held a Big Ten tally of six wins, no losses. They retained their national three ranking after that loss.
Saturday’s win over Indiana was a hard fought battle which was styled a “slobberknocker” by Coach Harbaugh afterwards.
This season the amount of attention centered on the team and Coach Harbaugh has been extraordinary. Some of it was sour grapes, but most of it was laudatory, both for the Wolverine’s, their high profile Coach, and for rising QB Wilton Speight.
Before Iowa, Wilton Speight led the Big Ten passers, but was disabled by a shoulder injury in that game.
Back up John O’Korn was not a spectacular passer in his first start as M’s QB Saturday. He produced only 59-yards passing on seven of fifteen passing as the offense relied heavily on the running game. How much of that was a result of the absolutely miserable weather conditions during this game, Harbaugh’s close to the vest play calling, or John’s abilities is impossible to divine.
The blustery winds even affected the goal posts as they sometimes trembled at their tops. Sleet and snow, light but persistent at times, became heavier at the end of the game when the field was blanketed in a thin cover of snow. The worst nature can offer, no. Was it bad enough to affect the comfort of the fans, and play on the field, hell yes.