We just played a top 10ish team on the road, at night, in our first game of the year. We were 50 yards away from tying the game at the end. The teams were fairly even all game long, despite the score for 3 quarters. Anyone saying we were outclassed is just being silly. It was a close game.
Patterson did great. Neither TO was fully on him. The INT he shorted out of bounds while getting hit. The fumble was bound to happen. Even McCaffery did well (I see you mineral king).
The defense was shell shocked but settled down into what we will see all year.
The play calling was fine, aside from a couple plays. The 2 minute drill is impossible to run with a porous O-line. You have to let them get their blocking somewhat figured out. I didn't have any problem with our play calling. Don Brown adjusted well, the offense did a good job of hiding the bad play on the line.
Which... did play horribly. We can only hope that Warriner can make improvement over the year. They have time, but they could be what kills the season.
We are not out of anything. Still control our own destiny. We would have destroyed App State, Utah State, and Oregon State. Our conference looks beatable.
This loss means very little in the scheme of things.