is the first game all year where we were so clearly overmatched in
both the offensive line and defensive line. Taylor’s interception
right before the half was a key “swing” play, coming on
a pass attempt on 3rd and 2. The thing that bothers me the most about
this play was that it came right after a timeout.
If Taylor doesn’t
throw the pick to make the score 21-3, and/or doesn’t overthrow
Swift at the end, it’s a different game with us likely winning.
There must be a huge gap between him and our #2 guy, because Taylor
never gets yanked, no matter how ineffective he is. Even if he is
our guy at QB, it might do him some good to be on the sidelines for
at least a series or two. All last year, I presumed the reason Callahan
wouldn’t make a QB change was simply because of a lack of talent.
This year, there is considerable talent. But our team is so underwhelming,
no one but Taylor ever gets in the game. Maybe because we’re
headed toward another mediocre record, Callahan might consider giving
someone else a try.
how the TV and radio announcers always remind the audience that Callahan
scripts the first 15 plays on offense—and then we proceed to
go three and out, three and out, three and out, three and out, and
three and out. Meanwhile, the score is 14-0 (or something similar).
Likewise, Cosgrove seems content to spot the opposition a TD on their
opening drive. Is this a talent issue? Four games in a row?
of our running game obviously doesn’t help things. We need to
quit getting down so early. It seems like against all of the good
teams we’ve played, we have a slow start and get behind on the
scoreboard. Taylor is good enough to bring us back somewhat, but it’s
never quite enough.
A few things about
the fake field goal: The whole reason Ruud was lined up beyond the
line is to watch for fakes. He got caught napping. Even if a player
doesn’t think to be on his toes for something like that, good
coaching would warn him to be on the lookout. Didn’t happen.
Our FG block efforts have been exceptional this year, but you can
only go to the well so many times. OU coaches rightly caught us overloading
and going for another block. As bad as OU’s FG attempts were
throughout the game, we should have been on the lookout for a fake.
It’s not like the play they ran, with the kicker running the
ball, was all that complicated.
Now it should
also be noted that the play before the field goal, there was blatant
holding on Le Kevin Smith which was not called. This non-call preceded
the one on the next play after the fake--the one that got Callahan
all up in arms after they scored their TD. If the hold on Smith is
called—and again it was rather obvious—OU is back another
10 yards and probably ends up out of field goal range. This is just
the kind of game it was. There was also a pass “reception”
of OU’s (a bobbled ball) along the sideline on a key drive.
One wonders why the college game even has replay, if they aren’t
going to use it. Guess it’s the “right” call if
no one ever reviews it. You know…the Penn St. rule and all that.
I have rarely
seen Bullocks miss tackles like he did on OU’s Peterson. Either
Peterson is that good, or Bullocks underestimated him. This was a
game where our defense really never rose to the occasion. A key sack
or takeaway was sorely needed, but it just didn’t happen. Our
safety’s missed tackles on Peterson accounted for most of their
rushing yards. Bomar played one of the best games of his career, throwing
against our secondary. Green needs to “seize the moment”
when he finds himself in the rare position to make an interception.
All the little things add up.
to fathom how Kansas beat Missouri. Missouri must not bring their
“A” game every week. Either that or Kansas has broken
out of their shell, which is kind of a scary thought. Still, they
are one of the few Big 12 teams now regarded as lightly as us. (An
aside: It’s disappointing that in a world where poker games
are televised and all kinds of odd 24-hour channels are on the air,
college and network people can somehow rationalize not having games
like NU-KU and NU-KSU broadcast at all.)
We need either
a breakout game from a running back, some inspired quarterback play,
or a return to dominant defense to win in Lawrence. If we get all
three, we win comfortably. We need at least one of the three to avoid
The voice of Scarlet Commentary is Jeffrey A. Leever, a Nebraska native also stuck behind enemy lines in Jefferson County, Colo. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Nebraska (Kearney) and a freelance writer and author. Some of Jeff’s writings of the nonfootball kind can be found online at Barnes & Noble (1, 2), Amazon.com (1, 2), and MenofIntegrity.net (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Contact Jeff at email@example.com.