Let's not forget that Fields was not playing fully healthy which I believe affected his decision making. If he was at full strength I believe he would have been less hesitant and made quicker decisions especially when the run option was called for.
In addition to the fake punt call being gutsy and very well executed, which it HAD TO BE, the turn around in the second half by the "D" was phenomenal!
Kudos to the "D" coaches and players for making the essential adjustments at halftime for the second straight BIG GAME. While the first half left much to be desired, especially a 75 yard TD in the last 40+ seconds, they came back and got the job done!
To be fair if you are going to call it call it both ways!
This team is playing very unselfishly and team first basketball which is great to see.
Stock up for the outstanding halftime adjustments and execution in the passing game by the "D" staff and players. . . especially after what felt like stock down for first half coverage.
It was great to see how the "D" staff and players were able to make necessary adjustments at halftime to make an incredible second half turn around! It was also satisfying to see Don Brown, for all his pregame talk, end up with significant egg on his face.
Stay focused, come prepared, take NOTHING for granted. Often hard to beat a good/solid team twice in the same year.
Kudos to the "D" staff and team for making the necessary adjustments at half time and getting the job done so impressively. Not to mention how special to see egg all over the face of Don Brown.
A couple lengthy sluggish stretches but have to hand it to the team they came back and got the win! Hopefully a great opportunity for learning and maturing for our young Bucks.
Agree, Can't always even follow players via the listed roster sheet. Sometimes a player even has a number not listed on the roster sheet.
Hoping Chase and J.K earn Big Ten players of the week next week as well. Both are capable. . . hoping they do it!
Hopefully the "D", while capable, will shut down their QB's hot passing streak over the last two games. Stay focused, come prepared for the biggest game of the year and bring a "W" back to Columbus.
Definitely need to work on securing the ball. While I am assuming the plays were called from the sidelines am I the only one that wonders why in the last 3 minutes of the game when you need to drain the clock we call a play where our QB runs out of bounds and stops the clock. . . then another play where the QB takes a sack at the 40 yard line instead of throwing it away? Is that on the players, in this case Fields, or the coaches?
Lower rated opponent or not. . . take no game for granted, stay focused and come prepared. Hope backups, especially the young Bucks, will get significant minutes/experience as well.
Staff Question: Do you have any HS stats available on these new additions?
Regardless of # of stars, 3, 4 or 5, I trust Holtmann's instincts as much as I trust the FB coaches when they signed the #997 evaluated player and helped him develop into a potential NFL draftee. Keep it going coach!
Without question Gene made the right hire by securing Holtmann. He is both a quality person and quality coach. A coach and person not only recruits can look up to but parents as well.
Not only does it appear that KW's weight lost has helped improve his game he also is an unselfish player with a team first mentality. Way to go Kaleb!
Talk about a fast start and great "D." The coaching staff had this team ready!
Not that our staff is not highly capable but chalk up one more great recruiting incentive!
Great to see the young Bucks developing their game and blending well with the vets but hope both can improve their free throw shooting before it cost them in a close game. . . especially with the upcoming schedule.
Stock up to OSU's recruiting team and coaching staff. You have to love how they can see the potential of the 998th rated player, still recruit him and ultimately see him improve to a potential NFL draftee.
Thanks. Thought he would be given a great opportunity to play since the Timberwolves signed him to a 2 year contract.
Great to see the freshmen and sophomores integrating so well with he upper class men. Hopefully the coaches and players will focus a bit more on free throw shooting and begin to show improvement from their exhibition and first two games.