Remember when Michigan beat Notre Dame back in Week 2? When a healthy Devin Gardner put on Tom Harmon's No. 98 jersey and looked like an All-Big Ten-caliber quarterback in riddling the Irish secondary? When the Wolverines hung up 41 points on Brian Kelly's team, and laughed at the flailing Michigan State offense, busy needing defensive scores to put away the likes of USF?
All of that must seem like it happened several years ago rather than several weeks, particularly the weekend of Nov. 3, when the Spartans hosted the Wolverines and poor Gardner barely escaped with his life after a 29-6 thrashing. Judging from this story in Tuesday's Dearborn Press and Guide, one Michigan fan stared at the carnage wrought by the Spartan defense -- seven sacks, negative-48 yards rushing -- and reacted ... poorly:
The man, 25, was arrested on a drunken driving charge after officers found him with his head on his arm in his 2014 Chevrolet Cruze at Sunoco, 3525 S. Telegraph Road, at about 2:30 a.m. Nov. 3 ...
While he was being booked, he said he drank so much because he was upset that the University of Michigan's football team lost 29-6 at Michigan State University the day before. He said he also was upset with the play-calling of Offensive Coordinator Al Borges.
One shudders to think what the reaction across Southeast Michigan must have been this past Saturday, when the Wolverines somehow managed to finish with negative rushing yards again -- minus-21 -- against a Nebraska defense that had already allowed six of their first eight opponents to rush for 190 yards or more.
It's been an incredible fall-from-grace, and unfortunately for the nameless fan, Michigan's next three games -- at Northwesten, at Iowa, and home against none other than Ohio State -- may not offer much opportunity to lift any Wolverine supporter's spirits.