Interesting...Stanford only had 105 yards of offense in the 2nd half, about 30 of that on one running play. That makes the turnovers harder to stomach.
Thoughts on last night:
- Wow. It's been a long time since I've seen someone prove to the Earth that they are the biggest pussy on it. Good job Stanford douche bag, way to go, coward. Spearing Moevao after a handoff on a dive play left no doubt in the matter.
- It's just one game, but it's hard to stomach losing when the opposing team's leading tackler was their cornerback.
- Lyle Moevao had 400 yards passing and 3 TDs, what more can you ask for?
- Stanford had 6 giant misting fans on their sideline, OSU had 0. It was a hundred degrees. Stanford's bench is in the shade, OSU's in the sun. It was a hundred degrees. Can somebody explain this lack of giant misting fans to me when it's a hundred degrees? I know it's really not that big of a deal, but it's a big deal.
- SIGNIFICANT players left the game due to leg cramps on multiple occasions. I know that there's a chance that teams from the Northwest might not be as well-adjusted to high heat as teams from California or Arizona or other very hot places, but this is NCAA football, and we have a professional training staff. Get a salt tablet. Drink some Gatorade. Invest in some pickle juice. Practice with the heat on in the indoor facility during the summer. Get adjusted. I'm tired of seeing this every time we play in the heat.
- I can't decide if this game reminds me more of Stanford 1999, ASU 2001, or USC 2006--from USC's perspective?
- Could somebody tackle Gerhart? That guy is good. And big. But we have a guy just like him to practice against. So I don't get why we wouldn't be able to wrap up this guy. But, it doesn't make me feel better about the fact that there were only a handful of practices where full tackling of the ballcarrier was allowed.
- Speaking of good, big running backs....4 carries for Ryan McCants? I know they were loading the box, and I know that Lyle could not be stopped, and Shane Morales was MONEY, but I still don't get it.
- Speaking of things I don't get, The Flysweep--why only use it 5 times a game to keep a defense honest, when you could run it 10-12 times a game to drive a defense insane? James Rodgers is lethal.
- Jacquizz's 10 yard run was pretty awesome.
- The game wasn't lost in the 4th quarter. It was lost when OSU couldn't punch it in on the 8 minute drive to open the 3rd quarter. That would have done more to change the outcome of the game than anything else.
- Lyle looked GREAT. One bad pass--to the smartest safety in the conference perfectly executing a great defensive call--out of 54 attempts. 400 yards. 3 scores.
- More than 50 passing attempts? Seriously? Is that who we are? I don't think that's our offense.
- Not since they took down all of the Saddam Hussein posters in Iraq has there been someone as likely to be wherever you look as Bryant Cornell was last night.
- The defense got 2 sacks in only 17 passing attempts against a very good offensive line--that's a lot of disruption ...against the pass.
- Giving up only 90 yards through the air is a secondary that's doing their job ...against the pass.
- Victor Butler is completely UNBLOCKABLE.
- Keaton Kristick needs Al Afalava behind him so he can loosen up and take more risks.
- Stephen Paea was amazing. There was a play where about 2-3 Beavers ran the running back out of bounds, and he was one of them--getting there from the defensive tackle position is some serious hustle.
- I never really thought about it before, but giving possession to a team that doesn't actually recover a fumble is a pretty weird rule.
- It's right up there with whatever Leaping & Landing is.
- Last year's Pac-10 champion lost to Stanford, too.
- Down by 16 in the 4th quarter, and it was no big deal. The team was moving the ball and my comeback sense was tingling.
- Same thing in the 2-minute drill. ...why not run more of a hurry-up offense? Stanford probably doesn't have the depth to hang with that.
- Man, Lyle was poised out there.
- About 40% of Stanford's rushing yards came on 2 plays, 1 of them where the guy bounced off a group of guys who were swarming to the ball. It's hard to imagine that really happening too often in the future, but you never know.
- It's all correctable; this team will still be good this year.
- Look on the bright side, as hard as it is to believe, Pac-10 refs made the correct call on a goalline fumble.
- That Stanford guy is still a HUGE pussy.