RFF: 2006 Michigan at OSU

This may come as a surprise but this week’s RFF is a Michigan/OSU game. Of course my buckeye buddy Kyle is here for this one as we are going to look back at the 2006 contest. This was the 1 vs 2 game as each team came into the game unbeaten and the winner clinched a sport in the National Title game.

Each of us was in the stadium that faithful day. It was my first and only experience at the Horseshoe and given the circumstances it was unlike any sporting event I have ever been to. The prior day Bo Schembechler passed away while taping a local television show. His death just heightened everyone’s emotions that day. All I can remember was the sudden shock I felt when I heard he passed and the day of the game feeling like he had been gone for a lot longer than 24 hours.

Gameplan: Throw at Antonio Smith

Gameplan: Throw at Antonio Smith

For all of the build up weeks prior and emotion over flowing on the day of the game it would have been understandable if the game ended up flat. That did not happen as the game exceeded the hype and everyone got to watch one of the best games in the history of the rivalry…

Who and When: #2 Michigan at #1 OSU Saturday November 18th 330pm

Announcers: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Bob Davie

The Situation: OSU came into the season ranked #1 and had a Heisman candidate in QB Troy Smith. They each lived up to their billing as the Buckeyes were unbeaten and relatively unchallenged all year. Smith was the favorite to win the Heisman and needed another epic performance against Michigan to cement his legacy. Michigan came into the season with far less fanfare coming off a 7-5 season in 2005. They were led by a dominant defense and a power run game that had led them to an 11-0 record as well.

The Players

Michigan: QB Chad Henne, RB Mike Hart, WRs Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington, OL Jake Long, DE Lamarr Woodley, LB David Harris, DB Leon Hall

OSU: QB Troy Smith, RBs Antonio Pittman and Beanie Wells, WRs Ted Ginn and Anthony Gonzalez, DL Vernon Gholston, LB James Laurinaitis, DB Malcom Jenkins

The Game

Kyle Jones

this was easily the craziest week of my life in college

absolutely NOTHING got done in Central Ohio for a full 7 days

Michael Roarty

i dont think i did anything this whole football season

Kyle Jones

valid point

Michael Roarty

I came down with buddies for this game, still the only game I have seen in the Shoe

Kyle Jones

that was a good one

and easily the best one to to see since about 2000

Michael Roarty

for us for sure, at least we made a game of it

Tackle Him Please

Tackle Him Please

Kyle Jones

ready to start?

Michael Roarty

And go

Kyle Jones

BRENT

Michael Roarty

Epic intro, you know I am a fan of these

Kyle Jones

“staged body painting scene”

Michael Roarty

Griese! Bears!

Kyle Jones

EDDIE’S XXXXL Hoody

Michael Roarty

EVERYONE CARES

Kyle Jones

Troy was so incredible that whole year

Michael Roarty

please dont remind me, o wait we are about to see that

no idea why i signed up for this

Kyle Jones

This team was sooooooo stacked

Michael Roarty

Ours was good to, just didnt have the secondary to match up

Kyle Jones

almost 3 mins of intro

2:27 FOOTBALL!!!

Michael Roarty

Mike Hart yo

Kyle Jones

Roy Hall barely had to try

the old, turn around route

Michael Roarty

Tackle Crable

tackle

tackle Hall

tackle

ahhhhh

Kyle Jones

DART

That was a 40 yard frozen rope

Hey Tedward

I enjoyed this

I enjoyed this

Michael Roarty

I feel like Tressel had been waiting the whole year for that call

Kyle Jones

“Chad Henne: Getting Sacked every weekend since 2004”

I forgot Mike Hart had 35 TDs this game

Michael Roarty

I thought with that turnover we would win

i honestly did

and then this Pittman run happened

Kyle Jones

That was the only time the entire game I was remotely worried

this team ALWAYS gave us confidence

That’s weird, Mike Hart got the ball on the right side…AGAIN

Michael Roarty

Robiskie open all day

I didn't enjoy this

I didn’t enjoy this

Tyler Ecker and Breaston sightings

Kyle Jones

It’s weird seeing OSU in an I formation now

“Ohio State…will play for a national championship…and get absolutely destroyed”

they cut BRent off

Michael Roarty

Honest question, do you miss Tressel?

Kyle Jones

Stop smoking on the sidelines Tress…

“Show some class” in Columbus means “DON’T BURN THE DAMN CITY DOWN”

BOB DAVIE!!!!!

Michael Roarty

I had no idea there is going to be some celebration

Kyle Jones

No, I did in 2011, but not now

Michael Roarty

we got the hell out of there

Kyle Jones

OOOOOh, CAL and USC???

OUTRO

Michael Roarty

A barn burner for sure, John David Booty yall

Kyle Jones

ONLY IN AMERICA

Michael Roarty

RIP Bo

Kyle Jones

Wanna watch a RichRod game???

Michael Roarty

O god

Michael Roarty

lets do tate and 2009

lets go

Punt

Tressel

Kyle Jones

This was my only trip to the big house

Michael Roarty

Tate

good Godpryor

Kyle Jones

QBFORCE.COM

Michael Roarty

Hey Denard

Kyle Jones

DONT DROP IT

The easiest play Cam Heyward has ever made

Michael Roarty

I honestly forgot about Jason Olesgavich

for good reason clearly

Kyle Jones

I never remembered him to begin with

Michael Roarty

Field goal, we are on the board!

Kyle Jones

IF ONLY THIS OLINE HAD TAYLOR LEWAN

Tate looks solid

Michael Roarty

Pryor

Doing what he wants

Kyle Jones

Brandon Saine broke 4 tackles in his whole career, an they were all on that playOhio State v Michigan

STEVIE!!!!

POWER

Michael Roarty

Stonum just died9:46 PM

Deep pass to Denard got picked, shocking

Jonas Mouton!!!

(he is in the NFL)

Forcier scramble

Pryor is a gazelle

i forgot RR teams couldnt tackle either

Kyle Jones

That kickoff is why there are concussion rules

there

Vincent Smith’s career highlight

he’ll probably never get sportscenter again

Michael Roarty

ha

RR Sad Face

RR Sad Face

Kyle Jones

We ran power to the left about 564,848 times that season

Michael Roarty

this screen play call

so frustrating

Kyle Jones

that was the only middle screen OSU EVER ran

EVER

We’ve been waiting to see it ever since

Michael Roarty

Run Roy

Kyle Jones

GREAT SPEED and gets immediatlely caught from behind

Michael Roarty

Greg Mathews going up for jump balls is not a good gameplan

Kyle Jones

QBFORCE.COM

Michael Roarty

I forgot how much i hated the 09 team

Kyle Jones

QBFORCE.COM

Michael Roarty

and Tate

Kyle Jones

Wasn’t Thad Gibson a Stuller for about 5 minutes?

Michael Roarty

yes, didnt work out for him

Kyle Jones

These were my favorite alternate uniforms we’ve had

OK, my GF is calling me a nerd

I thin that means I need to stop watching old games on youtube

Michael Roarty

hahaha

Kyle Jones

for now, at least

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