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Michigan Breaks With Tradition, Doesn't Fumble Ball Away On Opening Drive

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Something had to change after a Michigan loss so humiliating it left Charles Woodson whimpering, Stop, you’re embarrassing me in front of my friends!

And change it has. Michigan’s new-look offense, pioneered by forward-thinking visionary OC Josh Gattis has settled on a bold strategy: beginning their game against Rutgers today by not fumbling the ball away. (This is, seriously, the very first time this season the Wolverines have not fumbled on the opening drive.)

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You’re not wrong to wonder whether ditching the tried and true fumbling strategy is a little risky, but so far, it seems to be paying off; Michigan went so far as to score a touchdown (whoa!) on that drive. Quarterback Shea Patterson connected with wideout Nico Collins for a 48-yard catch-and-run to put the Wolverines up 7-0 early.

Rutgers, lucky for the Wolverines, stuck to their school’s own time-honored practice of allowing touchdowns on opening drives. As of this writing, Michigan is up 21-0.

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