I was impressed with the defense yesterday saving the offense's butt a couple times. At one point Illinois could have been up 21-7 if it wasn't for the defense. Also, I noticed the defense only gave up 14 points in the second half (regulation). Interestingly, I did a little research and sure enough the defense gave up less points in the second half than the first in all but the Notre Dame and the UMass games.
|Team||1st Half||2nd Half|
What does this mean?
A defense that gives up less points in the 2nd half is a good sign of coaching adjustments. I'm not saying GERG is a great DC but he is making adjustments and it shows in the numbers above. I also understand there is alot more to analyzing a defense than just points allowed. On the other hand there is much frustration when a defense does give up more points in the 2nd half.
Yesterday I actually saw signs of hope in the defense. The Barwis conditioning showed yesterday as they were ready for triple overtimes. If the defense can keep the points low in the 1st half there is an excellent chance of victory.
This may be the best internet rant I've seen, ever? It tackles virginity, weight lifting, money, stereotypes, caps lock, misspelling, and symboled out swear words... it's... perfect. Courtesy of the Illinois Rivals free board...
YOU HATERS OF ANOTHERS THOGHTS ARE BITCHES. I KNOW NONE OF YOU GET SEX. I KNOW NONE OF YOU LIFT WEIGHTS. I KNOW NONE OF GOT MONEY. I KNOW NONE OF YOU GOT A LIFE. WHAT KIND OF BITCH CRIES ABOUT CAPS? THIS FORUM IS FOR FOLLOWERS. B!TCHES WHO CO SIGNS ONEANOTHERS THOUGHTS. @#%$ SUCKERS IF YOU WILL. I WOULD LOVE TO VISIT YOU B!TCHES DOWN IN YOUR RED NECK ,COUNTRY, FARMING PART OF ILLINOIS. BUT YOU ARE YELLOW BACK COWARDS. I AM A REAL MAN WITH REAL THINGS TO SAY. YOU WHO HATED ON ME ARE ALL @#%$ SUCKING, DADDYFCKING,COWARD ASS,CAPS OFF BITCHES. YOU CANT KICK ME OFF THIS FORUM I CHOOSE TO LEAVE. GO SUCK NICK SMITHS @#$@ AND TELL HIM HE'S GOOD. YOUR IN LOVE WITH SKINNY ASS WHITE BOYS WHO GET BEAT DOWN. YOU MUST HATE BIG BLACK MEN DOWN LOW. YOU ALL ARE FAKE ASS FANS. THATS WHY YOUR ALL LIVING LIKE YOU DO. YOU LOSERS. DONT EVEN RESPOND B$TCHES. IM GONE. IM GOING TO COME DOWN THERE AND @#%$ YOUR DREAM GIRLS YOU HILLBILLIES.
Also, while I pretend to have your attention, there is one stat I haven't seen about the game yesterday... was 65 the most points a team has ever scored in a losing effort? I've seen all the combined point total stats, but I'd have to go out on a limb and say that scoring 65 points and losing has to put you at the top of a list somewhere...
EDIT: I guess this actually isn't in reference to the Michigan game. This is the 5th most recent post on the Illinois board, but it came from April of this year... that's pretty pathetic.
The good, the bad and the ugly, presented without comment.
|RedZone - TD||78.05%||2nd|
|RedZone - Score||87.80%||27th|
|3rd Down Conversions||48.31%||21st|
|4th Down Conversions||66.67%||21st|
|Pass Eff Def||144.29||101st|
|RedZone Def - TD||69.23%||101st|
|RedZone Def - Score||87.18%||92nd|
|3rd Down Conversions Def||43.94%||95th|
|4th Down Conversions Def||70.00%||108th|
|Punt Returning (Yds/Ret)||6.00||95th|
|Kick Returning (Yds/Ret)||20.84||78th|
|Punt Return D (Yds/Ret)||12.13||95th|
|Kick Return D (Yds/Ret)||19.77||27th|
|Pts Responsible for||150||13th|
|Pts Responsible for/g||16.67||10th|
I am very happy for Tate!! This kid has stuck through so much with his team and himself. I bet he sure was glad that he didn't transfer and stayed the course. Hopefully he can be a mentor to anybody else that EVER thinks about leaving this team (I thought the banner was enough).
He help great poise. Sure he made some bad reads and kept looking down field rather than go to the tight end but he got the job done. Tate helped us to a victory that most thought was inconceivable.
Also very nice to win a game with the Defense on the field!!
GO BLUE!! BEAT PURDUE!!!
So I re-watched the game last night, and I noticed some things about Roh.
First, let me say he is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy better at DE than LB. He made some nice plays in the backfield, either tackling the RB himself or driving his man back and closing a hole. He got some nice pressure on the QB, and even drew some holds that weren't called. In particular, he and RVB did a really nice job on some stunts that sprung Roh free up the middle.
The negative I saw though, was a bit interesting. On read-option plays, where they optioned off Roh, he played it a bit odd. Everytime he would do the sideways basketball slide as if to contain the QB, but then late would crash after the RB. This was irregardless of who had the ball. So because of his initial hesitation movement, he was too late to get to the RB if it was handed off, but because he crashed he didn't actually contain the QB either and he ran around him. My best guess is that he was trying to put himself in a position to stop both options, but the effect was that he kept himself from being able to stop either. I know he just moved back to DE, but it happened 5 or 6 times by my estimate, so you'd have hoped he'd learn as the game went on.
Overall, he played great, but this definitely needs to be corrected before Purdue and OSU, who both run some read-option.
As a side note, RVB was a beast out there. He was getting through on pass plays, he was crushing his man backwards on run plays forcing cut backs. I have a hunch that this game will be one of his best ever when the UFR comes out. Huge game.
I was kind of hoping to see a picture of a happy Lloyd Brady when I logged in today....anyone?