With apologies to Brian Cook’s weekly declarations, it is finally appropriate to utter the words “Brady Hoke gets it.” Hoke’s Wolverines beat Ohio State 40-34 yesterday in a game that could have easily been a 20-point blowout in either direction. [Insert section about Braxton Miller’s throwing accuracy here]
Simply put: ugly or beyond ugly, a win is a win. Michigan fans were desperate for a victory in this series, especially with the prospect of Urban Meyer taking over in Columbus next season. Denard Robinson put together a Heisman-worthy* performance, Fitzgerald Toussaint cemented his name at the top of next season’s RB depth chart (if it wasn’t there already), and the defense stood tall at a couple key moments (when Miller wasn’t overthrowing wide open receivers, that is).
Speaking of overthrowing receivers, Houston QB Case Keenum — who is like 35 after being in college for 15 years — won’t do that. If Michigan matches up with Houston in a BCS bowl as predicted, then the Wolverines are in trouble. Just sayin’.
*This does not mean I think Denard should win the Heisman (or even be invited to New York), just that if he had done this all season then he would be in the discussion. Of course, someone will miss this section and leave a stupid comment, to which I will mock said oblivious buffoon on Twitter.
Meanwhile, punter Will Hagerup wasn’t the only person to poop his pants when he fumbled a snap in the 4th quarter.
Rest easy, William. No one blames you when you win.