September 3, 2006

Breaking down the Michigan loss

It's often said that most football games are won and lost in "the trenches"; i.e., on the offensive and defensive lines.

That statement has rarely been more true than it was in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday afternoon.

Michigan's defensive line dominated Vanderbilt's offensive line throughout the day. On the other side of the ball, the Wolverines gashed the Commodore line, opening big holes for Michigan tailbacks Mike Hart and Kevin Grady.

"I think it was probably a combination of (Michigan's talent and Vanderbilt's failure to execute," said coach Bobby Johnson on the offense's failures. "We didn't react very well to aggressive play by Michigan, and they stayed aggressive all day, and really put us in some bad situations."

"We were trying to spread them out a little bit and run the football," continued Johnson later. "They're awfully big and talented in there, and we just didn't execute like we wanted to in running the football."

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