In his first season in famed Ann Arbor, Brady Hoke is already writing himself into Wolverine lore. As I wrote last winter, Brady Hoke is everything that former Wolverine head coach Rich Rodriguez (from 2008-2010) was not. With one regular season down, that ain't conjecture . . . . it's a fact. Capping off a remarkable 10-2 year at Michigan, Hoke led the Wolverines to their first victory against rival Ohio State in seven years, just one of his big accomplishments this season.
1.) Down 24-7 heading into the fourth quarter on September 10th, against storied Notre Dame playing in a remarkable setting under the lights at The Big House, Hoke and Michigan stood tough as the Wolverines put 28 points on the board to overtake the Irish and come out with a 35-31 victory. Yet, it was Hoke's call to have his offense go for the victory with eight ticks on the clock, when a simple field goal to tie was still an option. These are the moments, that when they work out, simply endear a coach with his fans.
2.) After dropping two of three, with losses to Michigan State and Iowa, the Wolverines needed to bounce back against Illinois on November 12th in Champaign. After clinging to a 17-7 lead into the fourth quarter, with star quarterback Denard Robinson knocked out of the game, Hoke turned to sophomore running back Fitzgerald Toussaint. Calling Toussaint's number 27-times, the Youngstown native would rack up nearly 200 yards on the day while earning Michigan the win they needed, 31-14.
3.) November 19th, Big 10 matchup in Ann Arbor, Nebraska enters The Big House ranked 16th in the nation. The Wolverine defense swarms Cornhusker signal-caller Taylor Martinez as the Michigan offense puts together their best game of the season in a 45-17 blowout win. The Wolverines were taking form at the best time, with Ohio State just days away.
Now, boasting a victory over Ohio State and very successeful regular season, Brady Hoke has the Wolverines awaiting a possible 'at-large' bid to a BCS Bowl game, only something Michigan faithful were only dreaming of during the previous three seasons.
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