Hey…. you got that thing rolling? You good?
Ok… Still three points short, battled hard, ran with the big dogs. After two weeks of games like this, we got some cats in this locker room who are ready to burst like a high school dude who’s parents are out of town on prom night. Upside of this game is that we made most of our own chances — big plays on both sides of the ball, big plays on special teams, and kept the number of mistakes low. Lots of numbers to run through this week after this game — some good, some bad. The one number we didn’t get is the one that goes in the left hand column — but if we keep playing like we did on Saturday, the wins are going to come.
A whole bunch of cats had deserve some appreciation for their game on Saturday night …
* The entire Offensive Line: Jason Spriggs, Bernard Taylor, Will Matte, Dan Feeney, & Payton Eckhart — no holding calls, not a single sack allowed on 54 passing attempts. Houston’s first touchdown, a 59 yard run was spring by a phenomenal trap block by Freshman Dan Feeney. Coach Greg Frey is real quietly doing the best coaching job in the building.
* Stephen Houston — running through a shit ton of trash, with 127 combined yards, including two touchdowns rushing, one for 59 yards, and a 25 yard touchdown reception
* Ted Bolser & Cody Latimer — six and seven catches respectively — taking up a huge workload in heavy traffic. Both of these cats, both from Ohio, answered the bell and made critical catches.
* Nate Sudfeld bringing a hell of a change up in his relief appearance at QB.
* Isiah Roundtree with the huge punt block that led to a field goal
* Nick Stoner with the unreal play making the deflection of the onside kick keeping us in the game late.
* Greg Heban with nine tackles and an interception.
* Jacarri Alexander with nine tackles and forcing a fumble — JuCo is stepping up.
…and a special shout out to Larry Black Jr. & Bobby Richardson for my favorite defense moment of the night when they met at Braxton Miller in the 2nd quarter. The front seven take a lot of heat, but you have to be excited by the number of times our defense was able to hurry or sack Miller.
Ok, let’s get going on these questions….
@barge55 Love the offense, love the spec teams, love the fight…HATE the D! Which co-coordinator is the turd in the punch bowl?
Easy there, Cochise…
Point one: They don’t just hand you a box of 105 players at the beginning of the season identical to all the other teams at the season… We’ve been working with what we’ve got and who we have, getting better every game. This defense right now is a shit ton better than the one that lined up against Indiana State and it’s going to be a hell of a lot better when we play in West Lafayette.
Point two: You know that Miller kid #5 who played quarterback? Pretty good chance he’ll wind up with an expenses paid trip to New York some day to be around when then handout that big door stop — he’s pretty fucking good. Also, that Hyde kid — he’s pretty much a monster too. Funny thing is, looks like so far this season nobody else has had much success stopping them either, which leads to…
Point three: That same Ohio State team laid 63 points on Nebraska a week before — you know, those famous “blackshirt” dudes… OSU has some crazy ass talents. Nobody needs to make excuses for our defense — hell yeah, we missed tackles again — we’ve still of a hell of a long way to go, but lets give some credit to those dudes who have a pretty decent season going.
@drewby14 Why is Nate Sudfeld not the starting QB for #iufb ? Coffman sucks.
Hey slapdick… you know we lead the Big Ten in passing right now by a pretty wide margin, right? Even with three different cats making the throws, it’s been Coffman who’s been doing the bulk of the work. He’s done of a hell of a job in not giving up easy turnovers. Sure, Saturday we saw more dropped balls than we’d like, but Cam done a nice job moving the team down the field.
That doesn’t mean that you won’t see Sudfeld more in the next couple weeks, maybe even starting. No doubt he’s special. Just don’t freak out when he makes a mistake or two.
@AOMextradry: Are punters real football players?
Sure, when they kick it longer than 50 yards or actually make a hit on somebody. Watch Ewald (not a punter, but go with me) a couple of times on the kickoffs, about half the time he winds up mixing it up with some dude. Occasionally freaks Hagan out, but makes the head coach smile.
@Tim_E_OBrien Another reason to hate @ESPN? The IU/OSU highlight package didn’t feature a singe good Hoosier play. Barely mentioned the 49 points.
Yeah, I noticed when I was watching the highlights from the hot tub. #IUFB isn’t a story yet until we beat somebody, we’re not supposed to… but Stoner definitely should have gotten some dap for his sideline play on the onside kick.
@jkoluder: So, ummmmm, are you gonna try to run on 1st AND 2nd down any time soon? Just want to see what it looks like.
Hell, I think we might of actually tried it a couple of times this game… but yeah, we usually work it a short pass into the flats or a bubble screen in the first two downs. Those should be a gimme, but when certain knuckleheads drop the balls, it gets a little tougher. Both this game and last saw us getting into lots of of 3rd & long — next step sees us in shorter third down situations. How Littrell makes that happen, we’ll have to wait and see.
@JFhoff — Why couldn’t the receivers catch anything to start the game?
Hell if I know… if your a coach, you’d drive yourself fucking crazy if you think about all the things those cats could have done if they caught those balls. This whole offense works on rhythm — man, it was looking a little rough there early if we were going to be able to get it going.
@JWintin: Ever wonder what’s in @FakeCoachWilson left sleeve pocket on the sweet ice-white pullover? Must be 4th down calls and blocked punts.
Actually it was the onside kick calls…. and a Twix bar.
@FakeCoachEkeler Did we just take our relationship to the next level tonight?
Mike… when you keep a Big Ten team under 10, then you can come over to hang out in the hot tub.
Next man up: Navy
This is a game we’ve been working on since spring — Navy runs a varied option that requires a huge amount of discipline by our defense. Just in the past couple of weeks they’ve also opened up their offense with a more aggressive passing game. If we keep making progress on defense and hold to our assignments, this should be a chance to put together a solid game. On offense, look for things possibly to open up against a non-conference…and yeah, maybe some more Sudfeld.
Everybodygood? Looks like some of you cats need to catch up on some sleep….