Ann Arbor — Michigan’s seniors admitted to some tear-fighting moments before their final game at Michigan Stadium.
But after beating Indiana, 20-10, to complete an 8-0 home record this season, the players frolicked on the snow-covered field, some making snow angels, while taking in their final moments as a player in the Big House.
The Wolverines are 10-1 and as soon as the Indiana game was winding down, the chants, “Beat Ohio!” began in earnest. They will prepare this week to face archrival Ohio State in Columbus next Saturday. They must beat the Buckeyes to earn the Big Ten East title and a spot in the Big Ten championship and perhaps in the national playoff.
The seniors joined their parents and families on the field before the game to be honored on Senior Day.
“Before the game we were all like, ‘We can’t believe we’re touching the banner one last time,’ ” safety Dymonte Thomas said. “We all came here together, we all grinded together and we’re all leaving together, except for a few guys who transferred.
“When they started playing that video and that sad music, Khalid (Hill) comes to me and is like, ‘I might start crying.’ I was like, ‘If you cry, I’m going to cry.’ And JD (Jourdan Lewis) is like, ‘What’s wrong with y’all? We’ve got a game. Let’s go win.’ And then J.D. is like, ‘I might cry, too, y’all.’ I was like ‘We’re going to be all right. Let’s go win and make the best of this last year we’ve got together.’ ”
Ryan Glasgow said he got a bit emotional during the game.
“Probably the most sentimental I got was right after our team-on-team period, my parents were standing on the sideline with my jersey, they were playing some Alicia Keys song to a slideshow of our season,” Glasgow said. “That was a pretty emotional period. Once you lock into game mode, it’s a little different. At the end it was pretty cool to be out there with all the guys.”
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was thrilled to see the team go unbeaten at home. The Wolverines’ only blemish was a 14-13 loss at Iowa last week.
“I know how that feels to play at Michigan and not win your last game at home,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not a good feeling. At all.
“Glad our guys played eight home games and won them all. The constant being a Michigan football player through the ages that you play in Michigan Stadium in that Big House. Always has been that way, is and always will be. That’s the one constant of all the time, the facilities, the changes, society and everything else, you play in that stadium and have that feeling of winning your last game and have it be a big game. It’s a great feeling. I feel especially good for them.”
Kicker Kenny Allen said he was joined by his grandparents, parents, cousins from out of state, his brother and sister.
“It was a great experience and to top it all off we had a great team win and we fought to the end,” Allen said.