Three years, three of the same game. Almost.
The offense chose the perfect moment to wake up, and the defensive line was able to stuff the Bama offense time and time again. Michigan is over the hump. Finally.
Credit the entire team and the culture for this win. Even when it looked like Alabama was running away with it, Michigan refused to stay down. Resilient warriors. Michigan will play in the national championship game against the winner of Texas and Washington on Monday, Jan. 8.
Here are our five takeaways from the win over Alabama.
The pass rush ... wow
No fly zone
Slow start ... again
Passing game up and down
While it’s not entirely fair to attribute the poor field position to Tommy Doman, he certainly did not have his best day.
The entire second half looked the same. Great stop by the defense; the offense goes three and out by shooting itself in the foot and Tommy Doman punts the ball about 30 yards. End result: Bama creeps closer to scoring. There was no performance from the special teams unit all day (punt fumble, missed extra point) and it severely cost Michigan.
The kicking game was miserable as well. James Turner missed one field goal and there was a fumbled snap on an extra point. Either of those kicks would have meant a regulation victory.
Once again, Doman is not the largest player in the field position battle. The offense was simply stuck in the mud and never seemed to try especially hard to get out of the jam.