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The last three weeks, it appears 3rd and 17 is our game-changing down.
- Minnesota game in the 2nd quarter, Michigan offense doing nothing, down 7-0, and Gardner does the yakety-saks on 3rd and 17 finding Dileo wide open for a 47 yard touchdown. Never looked back from that point and won the game,
- Northwestern up 24-14 late in the 3rd quarter, Michigan was on their own 15 yard line looking at 3rd and 17. Gardner underthrows a long pass to Roundtree and gets a pass interference call extending the drive. He then hits Gallon for 42 yards, then Fitz for a 28 yard touchdown. Momentum changed as Michigan closed the gap to 3 instead of having to punt from deep in their own territory.
- Iowa offense marches down the field for a TD and has Michigan stopped on 3rd and 17 with the game tied 7-7. Looking at a 54 yard field goal, Gardner hits Roundtree wide open for a 37 yard TD. Demoralizing to the Iowa D and energizes Michigan to hold Iowa to a FG before Scoring another TD.
Pretty crazy that 3 weeks in a row we have had a major 3rd and 17 conversion that could be considered a game-changer...
More amazing that those were all in your memory bank.....
This post was edited by kylebennett7127 17 months ago
Great point here. Didn't remember that the exact yardage was 17 on each one, but those were certainly huge plays that went in Michigan's favor in each game.
I think to start each possession, we should automatically lose 7 combined yards on first and second down to get the defense right where we want them....3rd and 17
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