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 quarterfinal round continues with, frankly, the first matchup in which I have no clue what the outcome will be. It’s up to you, readers: Braylon Edwards’ unbelievable receiving performance against Michigan State, or Tim Biakabutuka’s astounding 313 yards against Ohio State? I don’t envy your choice…
(2) The Braylon Game vs. Michigan State, 2004
(WARNING: Video contains NSFW audio/horrible rap in general. I strongly recommend a mute. Sadly, this is the best embeddable video of The Braylon Game that YouTube has to offer.)
Braylon Edwards had an outstanding, record-breaking career at U-M, full of incredible plays and huge game performances, but if you walk up to any true Michigan fan and start talking about “The Braylon Game,” their mind will immediately hearken back to October 30, 2004, and a chilly late-afternoon tilt against the hated Michigan State Spartans. Braylon’s final numbers — 11 receptions for 189 yards and three touchdowns — are eye-popping, but it the dramatic manner in which he compiled those numbers that cements this game as one of the most memorable in the history of our in-state rivalry. Facing a 27-10 deficit with 8:43 to play, Michigan opened up their attack, with freshman Chad Henne relying on Edwards to catch deep ball after deep ball to bring the Wolverines back from the brink of defeat. The rest, as they say, is history.
(3) Touchdown Tim runs over undefeated Ohio State, 1995
With future NFL stars like Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George, future #1 pick Orlando Pace, Terry Glenn, Shawn Springs, and Mike Vrabel, the 1995 Ohio State Buckeyes entered the final week of the regular season undefeated and fully expecting to easily handle 18th-ranked Michigan, who headed into the game with an 8-3 record. Instead of Ohio State dominating in the trenches, however, it was Michigan who pushed around the Buckeyes, with the offensive line opening holes all day for tailback Tshimanga “Touchdown Tim” Biakabutuka. The Wolverines kept feeding Biakabutuka the ball until he had amassed a ridiculous 313 yards and a touchdown on 37 carries to lead Michigan to a 31-23 upset that knocked OSU out of the national title picture. The above video speaks for itself — nearly 10 minutes of long run after long run for Biakabutuka, whose 1995 season stands among the finest by any Michigan running back, ever.
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