Well, there it was again on Saturday. A 4th quarter filled with excitement after all we did all day was give up yardage and 14 points to a FSU team that hasn't been an offensive juggernaut all season. Once again we had poor run blocking and horrible offensive execution, mainly from the quarterback position. Similar to last year, when we were in a hole in the 4th quarter, John Parker Wilson found a way to get sacked and fumble the football, setting up an easy score, and a 14 point deficit. The defense, for the 2nd week in a row, got burned in man-to-man at the end of the game for the game-winning touchdown, this time do De'Cody Fagg.
Could somebody please tell me what the hell Marquis Johnson was doing in man-coverage on Florida State's best receiver towards the end of the game? I understand we were thinking run, since they wanted to run out the clock, but you've got to have somebody back there with some experience. Of course, I can always look at it this way - they're trying to build experience. This season doesn't matter, even though we would like to think it does. The main point is to build depth and experience towards next season, when the process continues.
Regardless, Saturday was a step back for this football team. They executed horribly and got out of their gameplan quite a bit. It's pretty obvious that Major Applewhite has lost confidence in the offense's ability to execute, so the play-calling has gotten substantially more conservative over the past few weeks. DJ Hall should be getting the ball more, and Terry Grant HAS to have more than 9 touches in this ballgame.
While the game was a disappointment, it was nice to bring us back, even more, to reality. Everyone is correct - this is an 8 win football team. After 2 last minute, emotion-filled games in Bryant Denny, it's understandable that a team with no depth would be a little bit empty. It's no excuse, but it's understandable.
Regardless, we need to pray that Houston doesn't watch game film on how to burn our corners, cause they could easily put 40 on us if we're not ready.
Florida got beat by Auburn? At home? On a Saturday night? The SEC is just killing itself. Don't be surprised if Florida comes out and owns LSU this coming Saturday.
Oklahoma and Texas BOTH got caught looking ahead. Oklahoma got beat on a last second field goal at Colorado, and Texas got beat, by 3 touchdowns, at home, to Kansas State. Kinda makes "showdown Saturday" a little less awesome. And it's pretty obvious that there are NO great teams in college football this year. Wanna know how I know that? Kentucky is ranked in the top 10.
I'll have more posted later. For now - gotta work! :-)
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