ANN ARBOR - Two days after Michigan's 26-21 loss at Ohio State, the most prominent questions at today's media availability revolved around Michigan's decision to attempt a fourth-down conversion in the second half against the Buckeyes, and the aptitude of offensive coordinator Al Borges.
"A lot of it is short-yardage things that we kind of prided ourselves on being good in short yardage," Michigan coach Brady Hoke said. "We tried three different, no, really, four different schemes - the iso ran, the power ran, the quarterback read play - and just couldn't, didn't execute them like we'd like to. They all had possibilities, besides the iso, but it could have been executed.
"That was disappointing. You've got 21 plays in the second half. That's hard, when you want to get into a rhythm."
With that - Ohio State had 36 plays in the second half, by comparison - the use of Denard Robinson diminished as the second half wore on.
"He can throw the ball but he can't throw it with the confidence he'd like to throw the ball with," Hoke said of Robinson, who hasn't thrown a pass in a game since Oct. 27. "That was one reason we weren't going to put him out there in a situation where he's not throwing as well as he knows he would like to. That would be unfair.
"The last two drives, we had to get points. Keeping Devin in the game and throwing the ball a little bit. Unfortunately, we threw the pick, but that's football."
"We had 21 plays. We tried to get (Robinson) the shovel, tried to get him out ... it just didn't present itself. And then the fourth-and-2, fourth-and-3, which is the same play he had a nice run earlier in the football game, for about seven or eight (yards), we don't block it right."
On Borges, Hoke said this:
"I thought he called a good football game," Hoke said. "We do a couple things better, and I think we'd all be much happier. I thought the play-calling was exactly as it should have been."