I don't know if that was a problem. What really killed us there was that Mouton took himself out of the play by trying to fill a gap that a DL was already occupying and tripping over his feet.
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Vinny Smith caught a TD pass, and almost a second one yesterday.
Trix are for kids!
But seriously.. there was a point today where we had legit 8 underclassman on the field for defense
Defensively, we played ok against a brusing rushing attack, and I feel that we were legitimately one openfield tackle away from having a shot to tie this up.
And we did use press coverage occassionally, I think as a fan I'm more concerned about the TE flats plays they ran consecutively on us.
My favorite line of this "You know what's hard? Gaining 522 yards of offense against one of the best defenses in America, with two seniors on the field and your best lineman out of the game"
It is kind of incredible, that without the MVPs of both the defensive and offensive lines in for large parts of the game, the team didn't give up over 400 yards.
The real question is, does that mean the D is making improvements, or that Iowa's O just isnt that great? They also didn't have long fields on multiple posessioins due to turnovers.
Bottom line is at the end of the game the defense had two third and longs to defend and crumbled both times, leading to Iowa getting a Fg and making it a two posession game, which may have pressed Tate into going making bad decisions to try and move the ball ASAP.
BUT, at the end of the first half you would tell me the game would end 38-28, I would have laughed. The team fought hard today against a very good team, and I think it's very encouraging gonig into the bye, and then an extremely mediocre Penn State next. Gerg better use more 4 man fronts and blitzes to get the true freshman QB flustered into making bad decisions.
It was not a good defensive performance. The point total says it all. But the D definitely was put in a bad position with Martin's absence and consistent poor field position. In short, I don't think many conclusions can be drawn about it from today's game.
We can, however, conclude that our offense is pretty good.
Watching the replay, and the defense when in the 3-3-5 seemed to get gashed constantly. When they put 4 guys down on the line, the run game got stuffed consistantly.
And the D missed 2 picks, one hitting Kovacs right in the hands that prolly woulda been another legendary Rick Six.
Denard needs to learn that going for the homerun ball isn't always the best option, because against a defense like iowa, they'll make you pay. He is young, and will learn.
And I am still a supporter of GERG overall, but he needs to man up and tell Rod the 3-3-5 isn't working, and Rod needs to man up and can his WVU buddy Gibson.
It's amazing to me how people assume that one, Kovacs had an easy INT and that two, he could have possibly had enough speed to return it for a TD, let alone getting over the 50.
I prefer the term TAINT - 'Touchdown After INT'