Well, the second half had a very similar feeling as the first, right up until it didn't. Instead of leaving the game with an "Almost" though, Minnesota notched it's first bowl win since 2004.
Let's talk about the drive that has us all leaving with a happy feeling. That impressive 13 play, 74 yard drive that took 6:42 off of the clock. On the drive, Mitch was 7-8 passing. The lone incompletion was another great ball by Mitch that was beautifully defended by CMU. Moose also ran the ball twice for 20 yards, including a 13 yard scamper for the touchdown. The defense then stood tall again with Julian Huff putting on the pressure that forced the game sealing interception by Brien Boddy-Calhoun.
- Let's all hope Quick Bowl Mitch is the new Mitch moving forward. That wasn't good Mitch. That was great Mitch. He made mistakes, but they were limited all things considered. He was 24/30 (80%) for 223 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. And keep in mind, his receivers dropped multiple balls too. Even better, the passes he missed were still good passes. Add in some timely yards on the ground and you've got a really nice game.
- Julian Huff made an impact. Julian Huff seemed like he was everywhere in the 2nd half. In on all the big plays, making tough tackles, sniffing out screens. You have to be excited about Huff in 2016.
- Those famous halftime adjustments. In the first half, CMU was having good success with screens. In the second half, the Gophers blew those screens up for losses. Central Michigan was tearing up the MAC passing the ball all season. Today? 145 yards, 15/29 completions. Anyone else ok with Jay Sawvell being named defensive coordinator?
- Adam Weber: Whatever you're doing with Mitch, it's working and I couldn't be happier about it.
Enough words, time to celebrate!