The straight scoop
from Colonel Mustard
Nov. 6, 2006
Bill needed a big game win and he got it. That was the best performance by the offense all year. When the defense was struggling in the second half, the offense came up with big drives. I thought that Swift's catch was the play of the game. Momentum had shifted and we needed a score. Swift made the play and gave us some breathing room. Jackson is our best back from scrimmage because of superior field vision. Lucky is spectacular in the open field but he misses holes from scrimmage. The kicking game was better in all aspects this week. Defensively we were alternately dominant and helpless. The secondary did a good job on deep balls. Moore had by far his best game of the year. He was disruptive all day. The new scheme helped partially because Culbert is a good tackler. Overall our tackling continues to be inconsistent. We also have a great deal of trouble getting off blocks. Shanle was burnt for a least the third time by taking too shallow an angle on a deep ball. This will be a difficult week for the defense because A&M is a very effective spread option team.
One accomplishment of the program that has gone somewhat overlooked is the 800 wins. To beat programs like Alabama, Oklahoma and Ohio State to that number is impressive. That milestone reflects sustained excellence for a program. At times we get so caught up in the here and the now that we don't stop and realize how lucky we to be fans of a program of this magnitude.
I believe A&M will score on us this week. The defense will under pressure all day. It will up to the offense to hang on to the ball and may have to score 30 to win.
Keep the faith. GBR.