The straight scoop
from Colonel Mustard
Nov. 15, 2005
won the game that he had to win. Going to a bowl game is a big deal for
this team and the program in general. I believe that if we had missed
a bowl for the 2nd year recruiting would have been damaged. The game featured
two teams that aren’t very good playing a game that won’t
be considered an artistic success. But we found a way to pull it out with
heroics from our young players. We had to win this week because the Vermin
are going to be extremely tough to beat. They are the best team that we
have played this year and now this is
a must win for them.
offense I thought that the line did a great job protecting Zac. For a
line with freshman tackles that was quite an accomplishment. The run blocking
was poor but I see other factors contributing to our running game woes.
First is that are running game schemes are not creative and I believe
that Ross is hurt. He isn’t running with the same authority he did
earlier in the season. Swift is just amazing he has become the go-to receiver
that we needed. I just hope Zac doesn’t get him killed running him
into DBs.The first half against K-State and first half against Pitt in
04 is the best the offense has looked under Bill.
defense did a great job in pass coverage. I was impressed that K-State
really lacked their usual talent at WR. We failed to generate a consistent
pass rush which was surprising against an inexperienced line. We proved
that we can’t stop the shotgun option game. We struggled even more
when they ran conventional option plays.
makes the big plays and his interception was timely and great play. The
challenge for the defense is to find a way to stop the running game. We
have to stop the 200 yard rushing days.
special teams proved to the difference in the game. Not red-shirting Potter
to block kicks has turned out to be a good idea. Koch provides a consistent
field position to a team really needs it. Congdon made a very difficult
kick with the wind swirling and the game on the line. That was a very
want to address pulling Beck out of his red shirt in the 10th game. I
agree if we were going to use him he should have played some all year.
In this situation I agree with Bill. In a game he very much needed to
win he did whatever it took to win. I think that shows a sense of urgency
that has been lacking earlier. You can argue all day if he needed Beck
to win but he played and won. Think about what people would have said
if Beck didn’t play and we lose the game. Bill is a pro coach and
in the pros your starter plays every play unless he gets injured and that
is what he has done at Nebraska. However it would be unfortunate to burn
the red shirt and not let Beck play the rest of the year. For all kinds
of reasons Bill needed to win this game. If he felt he needed Beck to
win I understand his thinking.
we are headed for a bowl and that is very important the way this season
has unfolded. Bill got the win he needed and it would be fun to knock
the Vermin out of the Big 12 championship game. It is too bad that is
what we have become - a spoiler.
Keep the Faith