Most all of them are blaming the special teams and defense for the loss, and while a decent chunk of the blame rests on their shoulders, we have to admit that we expected that. We wanted to believe that Bud and Frank would hit the field with units that at least looked competent by comparison to previous seasons, but secretly we knew that turning this group into the BeamerBall aces we know and love was going to take some time. Some GAME time. It showed last night as the defense allowed 17 points in the first quarter.
So we know where the weaknesses were because we expected them, but where in the hell were our strengths? Weren't we supposed to have a three-headed monster of a running game? I seem to recall Billy Hite saying that they would give the carries to whichever RB was "hot"... Darren Evans averaged 4 yards per carry on his paltry 3 carries, with a long of 5 yards. Three carries. Twelve yards. Williams, as much as I RMFW love him, averaged just 2.1 yards per carry on 21 carries. By the time DMFE got his first carry, Williams had netted just 7 yards on 8 carries. Thats less than a yard per carry. Evans, Oglesby and Wilson split 5 carries on the next 2 drives, with both stalling after we stopped handing the ball to Evans.
We should have moved to Evans sooner, and then stuck with him. Speaking of sticking to things that are working, what the hell was that second to last drive? A ball-control offense? Seriously?! You do realize that this was a game versus a primarily air-happy team, right? Why the hell do we keep it on the ground? It's not like TT had been tossing picks all afternoon, but the run game had OBVIOUSLY not been working unless it was a scramble or at least balanced out with the pass.
So here we are: one game into the season in a year where every FBS admin was hoping like hell that this site would eventually be unnecessary. But we're back, and it looks like we're here to stay. In fact, we are fast approaching 100,000 unique visitors to the site (we'll likely hit it this week). I guess we've got some more work to do...