Why did Carlos Brown only have 11 carries all day? At one point in the 4th, he had 7 carries for 60 yds. He was having a good day with an early 41 yd. run and 61 yd catch (practically a run). So my question is why would we not be giving him the ball instead of dinkin' around with Tate keepers and even subbing BMinor in there. We all love the RAGE, but Carlos was having a good day and I think we left a hot running back out in the cold. Frustrating!
Carlos Brown's Carries
I did not understand why brown came out. I thought he might have been hurt or something. Given what he did last week and the way he looked today, I would give hime the start even over a healthy Minor -- as long as he continues to get 8+ yards per play. He looked good!
I was wondering myself. Two touchdowns in about 2 seconds, and then barely a sniff of the ball the rest of the game.
The team definitely got away from handing the ball off (something they do very well) and this caused a lot of the offensive problems in the middle two quarters (not being able to catch a snap didn't help either). Brown and Minor started getting the rock again in the 4th and, voila, touchdowns galore.
In the third quarter, RR went away from what was working for the offense. IU didn't show that they could stop Brown all day--keep feeding the man. Albeit four fumbled snaps didn't help us out of the gates in the second half, either. Kind of makes it hard to run when you're at 3rd and 23.
Good fight, nonetheless. Last year's team would've crumpled after that third quarter. Beat State!
Does anyone else find it a little mind boggling that with as bad as our offense looked today, we still put up 36 points?
Yeah, but IU's defense is pretty bad.
That is not false.
I think it is a reflection of just how many playmakers are on the roster. Though most of them (aside from the top two RB's and Matthews) are very young and inexperienced, there are a lot of explosive guys on this team. Robinson, Stonum, Odoms, Brown, Hemingway, Forcier (just counting the running), Koger and probably more that I can't count have all made big plays for touchdowns in just a few games time. Now if we can just get Martell Webb to catch the ball with his hands instead of his chest, the offense will be invincible.
On such a young team, Rodriguez and Magee shouldn't be trying to get the ball to Stonum, Hemingway, Grady, etc. This team runs the ball well, and they should have run the ball until Indiana stopped them. In my opinion, they let Indiana hang around by getting too fancy. Tate isn't good enough to run the ball consistently. They need to let the runners run.
they want to keep trying to get the young guys running a lot of plays. If we keep running those guys, then the QB's don't get enough reps with the rest of the playbook.
That makes perfect sense if we're winning by 21, but not when the game is as close as it was today.
You're absolutely right. I only speculate as to what the coach is thinking. That he needs these guys running these other plays under pressure as the road only gets tougher. I like that Tate was put into a tough position and made the play (I say that after the win). Yet, during I wanted them to run too. No worries, but I think it benefits us in the long run having them perform like that under pressure.
Didn't RR mention something about him being a bit banged up.
Coach Rod said Carlos was having a problem with his knee.
He should've gotten more carries. Like last week, some of that is on Forcier for misreading the zone read a few times and keeping it when there really wasn't a play.