Snowflakes Thread: Defense Vs. UNLV

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on September 19th, 2015 at 3:01 PM

This will be your thread for snowflakes and hot takes regarding the defense and defensive playcalling in the UNLV game.



September 19th, 2015 at 3:07 PM ^

If Northwestern and UofM's defenses and offenses are as good, and as bad as advertised respectively... We're headed for another M00N affair... Well, maybe N00M if they switch graphics I suppose.


September 19th, 2015 at 3:07 PM ^

Played pretty dominantly until the end.  They always have a rough drive or two.  A very good defense, not quite elite.

That second corner position is going to be severely tested next week.


September 19th, 2015 at 3:24 PM ^

Held them to 92 yards on the ground on a 2.6 ypc average...very solid agains the run and forced a couple of turnovers.

If we're going to beat BYU, it'll be because of this defense. 


September 19th, 2015 at 3:35 PM ^

Pretty much overwhelmed them.  Though I wasn't blown away by our defense, too many missed tackles -- looked like they lacked a little focus playing such an inferior opponent.  It's also frustrating to watch an opposing QB lauch perfect passes when he is about to get killed (the two big plays on their scoring drive).  


September 19th, 2015 at 4:24 PM ^

The defense looked pretty good for the most part. J Lewis looks awesome. That 2nd CB spot is definitely going to be tested against BYU. To many missed tackles though. Overall I'm encouraged.


September 19th, 2015 at 4:47 PM ^

Against Michigan they were undermanned and much slower. Yet, the Michigan pass rush was at best less than acceptable. IF they give BYU that much time to pass next week, it will be a turkey shoot. BYU receivers are very big and strong. Doubt anyone can cover them if the QB has time to throw.


September 19th, 2015 at 4:47 PM ^

man some of you guys are nitpckers. I'd give the defense a solid A for the day. Other than 2 plays they completely dominated.

Lewis and Stribbling I thought particularly stood out.


September 19th, 2015 at 5:30 PM ^

Alot of the top 10 teams look a little shaky here and there.  What seperates elite from average is how they improve, or not improve, over the course of the season.

We have experience and talent on D, we have Harbaugh and 2 of the best Defensive coaches in CFB...Durkin and Mattison.  I wouldn't trade that with ANYONE.

LSA Superstar

September 19th, 2015 at 7:54 PM ^

I like in-depth analysis as much as the next guy, but let's zoom the camera out a little bit.   Here was UNLV drive by drive:

4 plays, 15 yards (all on the one weird pseudo-sack), INT

5 plays, 9 yards, PUNT

6 plays, 21 yards, PUNT

3 plays, 1 yard, PUNT

3 plays, 1 yard, PUNT

7 plays, 24 yards (all yards basically gained on two plays), PUNT

3 plays, 16 yards, PUNT


3 plays, 0 yards, PUNT

7 plays, 18 yards, PUNT

1 play, 15 yards, INT

5 plays, 75 yards, TD

3 plays, 8 yards, PUNT

12 plays, 41 yards against scrubbie team


So out of 14 drives:

- 5 were 3 and outs,

- 2 ended in turnovers, and

- UNLV earned 15 first downs, four of which came in the final drive against the scrubs.

This was an A- defensive performance.  The problem (to the extent there is one) is our offense.


September 19th, 2015 at 8:51 PM ^

First watch, it looks like Peppers is improving in his coverage. He was targeted on a circle route as Brian called it - um, I think he was targeted on it in the 3rd? sorry, can't remember exactly - and he did better than when Utah through the same thing at him as picture paged here.

I also liked the flashes out of Hurst. He had at least one Hulk Smash-and-Tackle type play. Godin was impressive too. Charlton stood out some plays.


I think the D is improving. We played pretty vanilla this game. I'd bet we were already practicing for BYU. Big test next week!


September 19th, 2015 at 9:46 PM ^

The lbs are still our biggest liability on D   am surprised at the gulf between public perception of our lb core, relative to what I view and wonder why, maybe I'm delusional but I want to see three new lbs  

am not concerned with BYU  because this  team  will play up to the level  

I like RJS  intensity and would like to see more of him over Ojeda who seems privy to the option fake



Red is Blue

September 19th, 2015 at 10:43 PM ^

No special teams snowflakes so I'll put this here. No D. Thomas on his usual role. Last week he pulled up lame on kickoff coverage. Any word on if he his hurt (pulled hammy).

Last week Brian Cole came close to bocking a punt several times. This week I didn't see him on punt return team.