This is the first time the offense was stopped for most of the game. They scored 24 against Sparty (it should have been more and IMO wasn't all due to MSU's D) and 35 against Clemson. Also, they picked up 300 yards in this game despite many mistakes and very good play on VT's part. A little over 100 yards on the ground is not good but offenses that really get stifled don't get 100 yards for the game.
The "one-off" explanation would fly better if this game had been in the middle of the season where the D had only a week to prepare, But that was not the case.
These were bowl games from 3+ years ago, but both Iowa and LSU faced Georgia Tech, a triple option team. With time to prepare, both of them shut the attack down.
In the end Navy got the ball quickly to the edge and had success. That has me a bit uneasy until I see the back 7 perform in next week's game.
When this offense gels, watch out...it will be fun to watch.
Yeah, it will. But that gelling is something that concerns me a little bit. This is the second game of the season and I expect it to be a real test of the rebuilt OL. Hopefully they gel quickly.
It's Log ...
Yep, at least partially. Legally the onus is on the driver. But from a common sense POV it is on both.
When I am driving and approach an intersection with a green light I still slow down and look to make sure someone isn't blowing the light, whether they brain fart or are being chased by the cops, as a T-boning is going to ruin my day and maybe my life. Having the law on my side doesn't make the result better.
I have seen it stated "One wants to be right, but not dead right."
Langford had over 120 yards but I'm pretty sure about 60 of them came on 2 carries. One of them (his longest, IIRC) came very late in the 4th quarter. MSU did not pound the ball at the D-Line successfully at all.
There was definitely talent. This team played in a league that put 3 squads in the Elite 8 and at least 1 in the final 4.
Despite their flaws
But it had three prolonged field goal droughts totaling more than 12 minutes.
That seems so unlike them. Don't they usually do it in one fell swoop?
Which one? The one that exists or the one that doesn't?
I like how the announcer hesitated about the Loving "foul" after the replay and then went with it being obvious.
Illinois LSJ dunk.
I wonder what the record length for an intra-team game of HORSE is.
So, were there any PSU fans there and did they storm the court?
Yes. Give Amir a pass at the knees.
Ohio State is 208th in the country at offensive rebounding, the offense's worst category outside of free throw shooting.
I don't recall any real "chucking" of 3s. I thought LSJ had good looks. He has always been streaky but is obviously in a nightmare of a slump where virtually nothing is falling for him. ADV had some good looks that didn't fall as well and some nice moves to the paint but just didn't finish. But overall, they aren't going to be able to work the interior when they can be left open for a jumper with little fear they will hit it..
I hope you're right but it looks like playing zone and attacking the interior works and the pieces aren't there to do much about it. I don't blame Matta for that with all the early departures. Also he has been in the mix battling for top talent that could have made the difference but lost to the blue bloods. Can't fault him for that either as in years past OSU wouldn't have even registered on the radar of many of these players. It's hard to not suffer a down year, even for the elite programs. This just may be one for OSU. I think the future looks promising and they might suddenly click or find something that works but if it doesn't happen it isn't the end of the world. I had a bad dream once about the football team going 6-7 but I woke up and everything was nowhere near as bad as I thought..
Those who can score can't/won't play defense.
Those who can score are also turnover-prone. I caught myself holding my breath several times when Q made moves into the lane while dribbling. It often looks like he is about to take a trip and leave the ball behind.
So, will Matta get his 20 wins this year?
They start to pull it together, miss a few shots and then it seems the wheels come off everything.
After the last 3 games and the Huskers first half layup practice it wasn't even frustrating any more, not even when it looked promising and they faded late.
22 points but 5 turnovers for Q.
Just too many silly TOs these last 2 games.
Notice how surprised Amir was by the pass? SMH.
Sparty 11 of 19 from three. OSU 4 of 18.
Better free throw shooting or just one more 3 would have won this in regulation.
You think he actually reads?
Finally. A throw over the middle.
The scoreboard doesn't say that the Gator's picked up 14 points from special teams (blocked punt and kickoff returns for TDs).