It’s summer, the time when bloggers rack their brains for something — anything — to write about and college football fans count down the seconds until foot meets pigskin. So, welcome to my latest gimmick: The Michigan Football YouTube Bracket. I’m looking high and low for the best Michigan football moments ever captured on YouTube — divided into two categories: Game Performances/Game Winners and Spectacular Plays — and for you, the readers, to vote on the moment that stands out above the rest.
The first round is officially over, and the results were remarkably predictable — the top seed won out in every first-round matchup. Here’s a rundown of what has happened so far:[column width=”47%” padding=”6%”]
Game Winners/Game Performances:
1. AC vs. Indiana: 70%
8. Mario vs. MSU: 30%
2. The Braylon Game vs. MSU: 84%
7. Brabbs vs. Washington: 16%
3. Biakabutuka vs. Ohio State: 82%
6. Mario vs. Notre Dame: 18%
4. Mario vs. Penn State: 79%
5. Remy Hamilton vs. ND: 21%[/column]
[column width=”47%” padding=”0″]Spectacular Plays:
1. Woodson 1-hand INT vs. MSU: 83%
8. Daydrion Taylor vs. PSU: 17%
2. Hello Heisman vs. OSU: 92%
7. Jason Avant vs. NW: 8%
3. Desmond 4th Down vs. ND: 76%
6. Marquise Walker vs. Iowa: 24%
4. Woodson PR vs. OSU: 72%
5. Harmon vs. Cal: 28%[/column]
Let’s hope things get a little more interesting as the tournament whittles down to eight. Here’s the first quarterfinal matchup between the 1-seed and 4-seed in the Game Performances/Game Winners category:
(1) Anthony Carter’s catch vs. Indiana, 1979
Regardless of age, and despite this play happening in the middle of an otherwise-unspectacular 8-4 1979 campaign, every Michigan fan knows this play — and Bob Ufer’s immortal call — like the back of their hand. We all know the play, so I’ll skip getting bogged down in details (the video speaks for itself), but I would like to emphasize one thing: Anthony Carter was such a spectacular, game-breaking receiver that — with just six seconds remaining on the clock and simply needing 20 yards to get into reasonable field goal range — Michigan threw a post route in front of three Indiana defenders, knowing Carter could easily split them en route to the end zone. Any coach calling that play today would have their head served on a platter — instead, Wangler-to-Carter went down in history as one of the greatest moments in Michigan history.
(4) Super Mario is born vs. Penn State, 2005
Say what you will about Mario Manningham, but the guy came up with some huge catches in his Michigan career — he made three appearances on this side of the bracket alone. Despite this play coming in just the seventh game of his freshman season, this may be Super Mario’s most memorable (with the 2005 season ending with Michigan at 7-5, I hesitate to call it the most significant) moment of his career. Buzzer-beating touchdown passes are a rarity in football, and in a back-and-forth tilt with an undefeated Penn State team that would go on to finish 11-1, Chad Henne and Mario Manningham caught lightning in a bottle for this magical play.
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