So i decided to watch the game again, particularly focusing on the offense to see how the drives developed and where we missed opportunities to move the ball and score.
From my view, the offense killed itself on numerous drives via penalties, dropped passes (oh so many dropped passes!), TOs, and missed reads (quite a few of these too!).
As i watched that game i saw 2 trends that seem to have continued (for whatever reason) from the Iowa game to this one:
1) Missed reads: Tate seems to be missing a lot more reads during this latter part of the season than he did earlier on. On various occasions he had open receivers (by this i mean receivers with 7-8 yard cushion on defenders) but decided to throw into double and triple coverage numerous times. Along this line, he had some throws that were up for grabs kind of throws
2) Dropped passes: Man did we have too many of these. Koger? Granted, Tate had quite a few low throws but they were "catchable". The worse thing about these drops is that they happened mostly on 2nd or 3rd downs, which either killed drives or put our freshmen QBs in tough 3rd and long situations.
My overall thoughts on the offense and this game is that we lost this game as much as they won it. We seriously undermined our ability to put up points. We ran the ball quite well but killed ourselves by not executing. Yes, our defense blew many coverages and we gave up 35 points but this offense, if they would have executed as they can, could of gone toe-to-toe with Penn State.