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Borges: 'It's not about play calling, it's about execution'

At one point in the season the Michigan offense was as bad as any coach or Wolverine fan had seen in decades. There was the worst rushing performance in school history against Michigan State (-48 yards on the day), and then against Iowa they managed just 158 total yards in another loss.

However, when it came time to play against rival Ohio State, the Michigan offense accounted for over 600 total yards in a 41-42 loss that will be remembered as one of the most thrilling games of the 2013 season.

Ask offensive coordinator Al Borges what the difference was between their offensive lulls against teams like Michigan State and Iowa, and their excellent offensive performances and he'll give you one word.


"We executed," Borges told Mlive.com. "It's that simple. We executed.

"There's a good offense in there somewhere. When it was going to come out, I wasn't sure. It hadn't for a while. But all of a sudden, we went out and caught the ball when it was thrown to us, we made some plays in the open field, we made some nice runs. We executed."

"That's the difference. Nothing more, nothing less. Not gameplan. Not play calling. We executed."

Borges and the offensive staff will try to finely tune the offense and drill the execution aspect before taking on Kansas State (7-5) in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.