The Wolverines welcomed Penn State’s Nittany Lions to the Big House Saturday evening. It was a packed house for the first Big Ten game of the season for both adversaries, and also presented the first of nine obstacles that stood between the Wolverines, and achieving their primary season goal, which is capturing their first and only Big Ten East Championship game appearance, and win. The work in progress that is the 137th edition of the Wolverines took another successful step forward Saturday as they decisively whipped the defensively wanting Nittany Lions.
Coach Harbaugh has stressed that each game is now a “Championship Game”. That is accurate, and that is the way the Wolverines approached the game.
The Lions had heretofore usually been a formidable opponent. In the midst of attempting to rebuild their fortunes to a higher, post epic scandal level, Coach James Franklin had the Lions giving their all, but it was not enough. PSU scholarships and bowl eligibility have been restored so the full package of incentives was at hand again for the Lions, but still they struggled to stifle the Wolverines on defense, offense or special teams.
The Colorado Buffalos bulled their way into Michigan Stadium Saturday on the heels of two victories against football teams they overwhelmed. They stomped the Idaho State Bengals 56-7 last Saturday, and the week before they gored Colorado State 44-7. The came into Michigan Stadium very prepared, and not intimidated, and were very enthused. They brought a hurry up offense, and some speedy skill players. For three quarters they gave the Wolverine team its first real test of the season, both offensively and defensively. They dominated the first quarter, besting both the Wolverine’s offense and defense. The Wolverines special teams struck back first, before a 14 point lead in the early first quarter became a rout.
BUFFALOS WERE STILL GIDDY: The were still chortling regarding what they call the Miracle in Michigan, that devastating last seconds 64-yard Hail Mary winning heave from Kordell Stuart to Michael Westbrook in 1994. That heave was so sudden, perfect, stunning and devastating to M’s fortunes, many watching Wolverines also wanted to heave.
It was one of the most stunning college football plays I have ever seen. As a fan I sat there fully satisfied, basking in the light of an anticipated hard earned victory over a ranked opponent, just seconds away, only to be unbelievably denied, so quickly and oh so finally, by a successful Hail Mary.. It took a minute or two for reality to set in. When it did many wondered where the pass rush was, and why us?