What article and headline should we choose to describe the game against Michigan? There were so many great headlines after the Army's double overtime loss to Michigan. If you have an article you would like us to post about this game, let us know. Army showed a lot of grit and heart on the field and we nearly pulled it off. The following artice was written by Isaiah Hole and posted on https://wolverineswire.usatoday.com.
The Michigan fanbase is still in shock at the outcome of the Wolverines latest contest, a 24-21 2OT win over Army, but one of the team’s familiar foes is not. And not because he’s down on the maize and blue this year.
Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is now an analyst for FOX Sports and Big Ten Network, and he sat down with BTN anchor Gerry DiNardo to discuss the difficult game for the Wolverines.
When it comes down to it, Meyer says it was the style of play that Army has, with the triple-option, mixed with controlling time of possession, that kept the Black Knights within striking distance of the win, and the team success is entirely dependent on the scheme that they run at West Point.
“I was not,” Meyer said, when asked if he was surprised of how the game went. “I actually was asked to go up to West Point. I spoke with the generals, spent time with the generals of the team, and there was a little confidence. They had beaten Navy three in a row. They won 11 games. They had confidence they could go in there – they almost beat Oklahoma the year before.
“Here’s – I think this is incredible for the viewers – I love this offense. What it is – I call it the equalizer. How do you take David vs. Goliath? How do you get that? They don’t have a player that was recruited by them, by the Wolverines. So, how do you convince this group of people – ‘Ok, listen: all of us, I’m gonna give you the scheme, and all you have to do is give me everything you’ve got and all we need to do is get three and a half yards every time. And three and a half yards is from here to there. That’s all we have to do, and we’ll never lose a game. I don’t care who we play.’
“‘Okay, coach! Let’s go!’
“‘All we have to do is get three and a half yards. That’s all we have to do, as hard as you can possibly go.’
“I mean, I get chills thinking about that.”
Michigan ended up having 10 offensive drives in regulation — compared to 16 in Week One’s win over Middle Tennessee. And in the five first-half drives, the Wolverines turned the ball over three times.
Meyer hearkens back to his time at OSU, when in 2014, the Buckeyes traveled to Navy. That, too, was a dogfight, with the Midshipmen leading at halftime, that is until Ohio State started pulling away in the second-half, aided by a defensive fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.
He also notes Michigan also didn’t help itself. With three first-half turnovers, it’s a difficult proposition to win that type of game, given what Army does on the offensive side of the ball.
“We played Navy, and it was J.T. Barrett’s first start, and that was a lot like the game in Ann Arbor where it was a nailbiter,” Meyer said. “They ran for 300 yards on us. We played Army a couple years ago and it was – for a half, it was close. Imagine as an offensive coach, your 14 normal possessions, 14 times a game you get the ball, that’s down to 8. You lose 6 on average, 6 possessions a game. That’s a lot of stress, and the recipe for failure was there.
“The Wolverines turned the ball over three times. A (punt) and three turnovers, other than the one score, and that put the defense in a bad, bad position.”