Michigan never loses football games. The Wolverines either run out of time or get screwed by the officials.
It happened again following the Wolverines 24-16 loss to Iowa Saturday afternoon. Wolverine fans are complaining about the incomplete pass to Junior Hemingway near the end of the game that hurt is chances to pull off a miracle comeback.
So the question is did Michigan get screwed as many fans say? The answer is no. And I actually disagree with the reason why. Hemmingway’s knee hit the ground inbounds but the ball hit the ground also. So even though Hemingway had the ball, the fact is the nose of the ball touched the ground.
When it happened I was standing next to a Michigan fan who was screaming “touchdown” during the replay review. I told him officials were not going to call it a touchdown because the ball was exposed in his hands and that it touched the ground although he held onto the ball. This play has been called over and over in the NFL and college football. It even happened in the New York Jets- Buffalo Bills game on Sunday.
When that ball touches the ground officials are going to call it incomplete most of the time. This was not a conspiracy to screw Michigan. This call is being called this way until further notice. Look what happened to Calvin Johnson last season. I thought it was a dumb call but I was told over and over that it was the right call even though common sense said it was a touchdown against the Bears.
Here is what Michigan fans should complain about. How come your offense looks great in September but becomes stale against the Big Ten? Why is your team trailing Iowa at that point of the game? And why does this coaching staff insist on trying to turn Denard Robinson into Tom Brady when he plays more like former Bears quarterback Bobby Douglas?
And finally when Michigan gets the ball down in the red zone at the end it did not try to run Robinson once?
Michigan did not deserve to win that game because it was not the better team. It got what it deserved. And here is the final point even if Michigan got that call was there a guarantee it was going to convert the two point conversion and win in overtime?