Here are the facts for the defense:
UMass was successful on a 4-3 that led to a TD
UMass was successful on a 4-9 that led to another TD
Hagerup fumbled the snap on a punt (that was blocked) that led to another TD
UMass was ranked #7 in the FCS with 482 YPG (224 Rushing, 258 passing).
The M offense scored quickly leaving the D on the field a long time.
The M defense was about the same as it has been all year.
As I'm watching the ND-Sparty game (go ND), I just thought I'd post this to vent my feelings. First off, glad we won, but it sure didn't feel like a win after the game and my family didn't think so either as we left Ann Arbor.
Second, whoever is in charge of teaching this team how to tackle needs to be fired immediately. I don't know if it was just ND win hangover or we didn't prepare well enough or what, but the defense did not look good. There were plays where it didn't seem like they were even trying! They were constantly just waiting for the player with the ball to run instead of charging at them low, and the result would be them getting beat. No defensive pressure, the QB could have made lunch a few times. The right side of the field was open almost all the time and the linebackers did pretty much nothing. What happened to the Mouton with 12 tackles?!
And as we all know, special teams sucked too. Gallon trying to field that bouncing punt, not letting the ball go out on the kickoff instead fielding it at the 30, someone took a FAIR CATCH one of the times? Field goals are not Gibbons' thing obviously, but we all knew that. It's pretty much official after today.
That being said, rickiew04, you're an idiot. Rich's offense is going to be a machine. Greg Robinson on the other hand, I'm not so sure. It may be too early to tell, but whoever prepared the defense did an awful job. I saw Kovacs and Gordon look at each other after the last UMass touchdown and Kovacs put his arms as to say something like: "I didn't know what to do".
Offense, pretty good job. Denard, you're still a beast. We still don't really have a breakout back, but Shaw did play well. And I thought we were going to see Toussaint?
There was a funny moment after the game though. A guy I was walking by was walking with a limp. Another guy with a limp starts limping faster to catch up to him. The guy that caught up says "Vietman 1968". The guy he caught to says "Dog shit two blocks ago".
BGSU beats Marshall today 44-28.
1-2 after previous losses to Troy (30-27) and Tulsa (33-27)
Immediately following the game, I posted an inaccurate image to describe the game and asked for suggestions to make it more a propos .
BlueSeoul, Capitain, and others suggested ways to make the image more precise. Here is my effort.
AllinforDG suggested I put Gerg in the fetal position. Since I could make that work, he is shouting and pointing. Something I saw him do all day.
As I watch this true freshman play I have to say I am pretty impressed. Not bad at all for a scout/rivals 2 star...
Something to think about when it comes to being critical of our own recruits and where they might rank or how many stars they might or might not have.