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 The straight scoop
 from Colonel Mustard

 

Oct. 18, 2002

Well, what a wild week. It seems that the game is an afterthought. I don't know if Frank did the right thing with Lord or not. But I do know that if Lord was suspended and Stuntz went down on the second play, now what? This is again a game that we should win. We have a better team and a better program. But after everything that went on this week, can Frank get the boys to concentrate? That is the big question in my mind.

Collins won't be missed. He had a good season last year but has been in and out of trouble since he got here. Give Ross his carries and we are building two guys for next year. As for the game, we have a stand-in-the-pocket passer who is also a great hitter on their baseball team. He beat Oklahoma last year so he knows how to win. Which team will we see -- the one that almost beat Texas or the one blown out at K-State? They have an all-American wide receiver who dominates their receiving stats. So you know what I am going to say next. I sound like a broken record, but so many of these teams have a star wide receiver and a big drop-off. I hope he uses Groce properly. Their tailback is hurt and they will try to pass. A pocket passer invites the blitz. Hopefully Bohl will use Hopkins at linebacker and with Williams and either Ruud or Sievers who is a fine blitzer. Let's attack this guy.

On offense, run the same conservative plan as last week. Minimize Lord's ability to make mistakes. We should be able to run the ball. They give up about 390 yards per game. If we get a lead, work on the play-action passing game.

This is not about style points, just win. We need this one to effectively qualify for a bowl. As it has been all season, the issue is not the opponent but the mental state of our team. The only way we lose is if we aren't ready to play.
 
-- The Colonel