He didn't do the XBrax spin, but he did do the DLee/VonnB scoop and score....
Tyquan Lewis graded a champion. He was impressive.
Many of those 2 yards or less were Cardale's limitations in the read/option and is trying to force Braxton to run inside on the wildcat. A lot of that was in the terrible play calling of Q2.
I'll take things losers say for 400 points, Alex.
I said before that the head coach needs looked into. Their team already had 2 players ejected from the game BEFORE this took place. If he's innocent, fine. But everything we know about leadership culture might point to the program taking cues from the head coach. He's either too permissive or he's like the Cobra Kai dojo sensai in Karate Kid.
Again - allowing for the possibility that the kids and perhaps assistant coach acted independently, in which case, the HC should be exonerated.
I don't think you would've scored another touchdown in the second half. But I think that you did lose the ability to pass the ball, though Motley gave you the ability to have a quarterback run which we were not prepared for in the first half. All in all, I think the original spread of about 15 was right for this particular game.
See, I think JT would have played more. Foster decided to stop the pitch man on the option, we kept running it. CJ is not good at the read option. JT would've come in and changed up that D. You saw what happened when he did.
Had Brewer not left the game, the score probably would've been 35-20...our starters on D not coming out at the end like they did.
OSU is an awesome second half team, like we saw in the playoffs.
No. Autocorrect did that. Just saw it. Haha
He was implying that the B1G could/should change it but didn't.
kinda like how the BIG 12 could/should change their lack of a true championship game, but don't.
sounded like he was laying the foundation for a week 10 argument where we are discussing who should be left out.
Herbie did disagree with fowler's logic there.
Precisely, Andy. It came out of nowhere like he was laying groundwork for a later argument.
forgive me for the past 10 years of ESecPN bias and general crappy arguments. Like living through the Cooper years, I just have fan PTSD from their past actions.
Excellent point about streaming. I have a Roku 3. Same thing happened. I'm contacting SLING as I believe they must be the culprit. I'm wired in to uber-fast Google Fiber. It's not them, for sure.
Great post...I agree with all of it. Going into the game my three main concerns were:
(1) Gareon Conley ---> acquitted himself from MSU and played a fantastic game, maybe the best of all the DBs last night.
(2) Joey Bosa's replacements/new Dline ---> did pretty well in his absence, made plays, weren't out of position much. They're not JBB yet, though. Also pleased with Tommy Shutt and Michael Hill. Tyquan Lewis looked great!
(3) WR suspension (includes punt return) ---> FIRST - the non-Braxton guys. Lots of growing pains. Dropped passes, didn't appear to get open much. BRAXTON - seriously could be the best player on the best team in the country & he'll only get better at WR.
PUNTS - for the love of all that is holy...on a team with this much talent, why can't we find 2/3/4 guys who can catch punts without giving me a heart attack?!? If Zeke is our second best option, and Jalin Marshall (feast or famine) is our first. I'm worried. This could really hurt us. We've never fixed it. Still have memories going back to Philly Brown against Clemson. We need a Ted Ginn.
ROOM for IMPROVEMENT
Play-calling. We beat ourselves with strange play calling. You can't run read/option with Cardale Jones (much, if at all). Braxton at wildcat way too predictable. We have Michael Thomas - THROW SLANTS AND SKINNY POSTS ALL DAY LONG. Why do we go away from this? And seriously: USE THE TE in the pass game. That was there all day. I don't understand our pass play calls fully.
Josh Perry/Vonn Bell - Looked like early season last year. They need to play their assignments better. JP's struggles in coverage against QBs that roll out go back to that game in AA, include VT last year. Vonn is looking for the big play, and receivers are taking advantage.
Interior slobs - Price & Boren: struggle with athletic/fast DTs.
Back-Up RB - Feel bad for Dunn. I think Weber could possibly pass him. He was trying to get his balance, perhaps trying to do too much and didn't secure the ball. Obviously, got benched for it and Ball came in for him next.
The reason for the initial post was all my VT and anti-OSU friends spouting off how lucky we got that Brewer went down.
First, I hated to see him go down. That kid is a gamer. Don't ever want to see anyone hurt. I want to beat a team at full strength.
Second, I wasn't afraid of him. We beat ourselves with bad offensive play calling...in the secondQ... And those suspensions hurt us (dropped/fumbles passes and kick return).
The 2Q stressed me out because we were sloppy and throwing the game away...and VT made a nice adjustment to move the ball with Motley.
VT should've been down 24-10 at half. I wasn't worried about the outcome. I know what kind of second half team we are and the adjustments we make. Case in point... Our first drive.
I can now go back to rooting for VT. Respect to the coach and program. Best wishes for Brewer. I think you'll still have a good season.
Imagine this game if we had all our WRs (Parris has to hang on the ball in the future, but he did block well) and Joey Bosa, and if Warriner didn't try to get cute with play calling in 2Q, and if we had a reliable punt returner.
Coulda been 56-10, easy, if we were fully stocked.
That is true. But it doesn't change the outcome. First drive of third Q. And our defense adjusted. We were fine. Just like playoffs. They couldn't stop us. We stopped ourselves.
Nah. They wouldn't have scored but another field goal. Just like the playoffs and the first drive of the 3rd quarter, OSU was bringing it. We excel in the second half. We were only beating ourselves. Brewer wasn't playing world beater football like last year. In fact, it was their backup coming in as a change of pace QB that got their offense going.
If CJ is gonna start over JT, we've got to design better plays toward his strength. We spent a good portion of the game trying to get CJ to make JT type plays. Especially the second quarter, our read-option game was getting busted up. That's not CJs game.
I'll admit that the way we were chocking the game away with turnovers and penalties in the second quarter and our goofy play calling trying to make CJ run read option or Brax at QB... I was worried we'd give the game away. The way we came out fierce half, I knew we had it. OSU was like this a lot last year.
Your backup QB actually changed the pace well in 2Q. Kid needs more throwing experience. Look what happened with our backup QB last year, so take heart.
Im pulling for your team the rest of the year. I really have always cheered for VT when not playing OSU.
- @chrisfallica: 6th time in last 8 games OSU has been in game where HT margin is within 7 pts. In last 5 games, OSU outscored opp by 68 points in 2nd half
Chris Fowler tries to get that backhanded compliment in ... It would be so nice if the strong Big East scheduled the tough teams from the BiG West.
Come on man. We can't help that most of the Big West is weak right now. These schedule rotations were made a long time ago.
They don't score 17 if we Zeke isn't dropping punts...