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Al Borges didn't execute a strong gameplan Saturday.
A strong, steady and conservative gameplan gave way to sloppy, ill-advised and questionable calls in the second half.
Brady Hoke's decision to go for it on 4th-and-3 in the third quarter -- and in his own territory, at that -- was the pinnacle of questionability (is that a word?).
Why run the risk? The defense held strong at that point, and it was logical to assume it would do so again.
And it did, actually, allowing just a field goal. Michigan got lucky. So did Hoke.
The festival known as Al Borges playcalling wasn't so festive Saturday. Borges had things rolling with the Denard Robinson runs setting up shots down the field.
And then it happened. Michigan stopped moving forward, giving way to a backpedal that cost it the game.
Not using Robinson in the second half was a mistake. He's the best athlete on the field. Granted, he's not a pass blocker -- and Borges wanted to throw in the second half -- but the Wolverines have to make sure there is a way to get the ball in Robinson's hands with the game on the line.
It didn't happen.
Quarterback Devin Gardner was forced to scramble with Vincent Smith as a blocker and take chances with the ball. One such pass was a well off-target throw to Devin Funchess in the fourth quarter.
The continuity Michigan had in the first half, the momentum it was to build upon in the second half, was lost after halftime.
Greg Mattison's defense did what it could to keep Michigan in the game, but it was the lack of punch on offense that let a win versus Ohio State slip away into the distance.