Here we are after our second home loss to an FCS school in three years, clamoring for change. At least I hope most of us are clamoring for change, because Saturday's game was the worst defensive performance I have ever seen from the Beavers.
All right, 65-38 is a CLOSE second, but at least that loss was to a nationally ranked FBS team. And we actually did make them punt once (with their STARTING quarterback in the game! Unlike against EWU.)
So imagine my dismay when I saw this article:
Some highlights (lowlights?) and my thoughts:
The Eagles had 31 plays that went for eight yards or more. Eighteen of them came in the first half.
That 3rd-down chainsaw was awfully quiet, huh? That's why.
"I don't think we were unprepared," Riley said. "We didn't execute. Pass rush lanes were big issues. Adams is a terrific athlete and played a great game, and we didn't contain him.
Let me get this straight... Practically the entire defense looked lost all game long, there were two illegal substitution penalties on the defense, and they were bitch-slapped up and down the field all afternoon by an FCS squad... but our coach thinks the D was prepared. Holy mother of beaver.
"There have been times when we've had trouble (against the spread), but everybody runs a little different version," Riley said. "We did a nice job covering against Washington State last year. We were pretty sound against Arizona and UCLA. Mobile quarterbacks have hurt us in the past, but they've hurt other (teams), too."
Do we really get points for good defense against Washington State last year? Really? The same Washington State that was filled with "zombies" and gave Colorado, the most laughably inept BCS conference team in recent memory, its lone win of the season? COME ON.
As for Arizona, I recall them putting up 35 on us. Coincidentally, the same number they put on Northern Arizona this year.
UCLA? QB Brett Hundley was still recovering from an ankle injury against Nebraska and not at 100%.
Now remember the 2010 WSU game? Jeff Tuel slicing up our D at Reser? Why do all these horrible losses come from the state of Washington anyway?
College football is becoming increasingly about up-tempo, spread offenses and dual-threat quarterbacks, especially in the PAC-12. It's time we had a defensive coordinator who can at least pretend to scheme against them.
But apparently, there's no big problem. Never mind that this is a pattern and there were often Beaver defenders nowhere to be seen in even the same TV shot as the Eagle receivers. Nope nope, just a lack of execution.
So prepare for more of the same of what we saw Saturday... because you can bet our opponents will.