Editor’s Note: Made only slight changes to include two first names on the first reference that were left out.
By Dave (Fizzy) Weinraub
Wow! Anthony Russo was over, under, in front and in back all day. Then, when there were good passes in key situations, a lot were dropped. Russo continues to look directly at his primary receiver as soon as he gets the ball.
All the while, both the offensive and defensive lines were outplayed to say the least, and we couldn’t stop the outstanding Buffalo running backs. (Number 5, Kevin Marks, reminds me of Brian Westbrook.) The “targeting” calls didn’t help, and they were both questionable. I guess it all depends if it was your quarterback or not.
There was no way we should have won the game, and we didn’t. It’s a shame because we could have faced Georgia Tech undefeated, and a win would have us definitely ranked.
So let’s look at the coaching decisions that affected the game to some, but not a major degree.
- There was a poorly executed screen pass where it didn’t seem to be a middle screen or an outside screen, and Russo threw right into the crowd. Coaching?
- Whoever has outside responsibility on our left defensive side, continued to penetrate and allow key yardage and a touchdown to go outside. The defense should have been adjusted.
- As it became apparent in the second quarter we had trouble stopping their running game, we should have started to run-blitz then. We did in the fourth quarter.
- The long snapper was finally changed after another miscue which gave the momentum to Buffalo, but the punting is still only satisfactory with another shanked kick in the second half. Perhaps our punter, who could also be changed, should get practice fielding ground balls.
- Down two scores at the end of the first half, why take a knee with 22 seconds left?
- Someone on the coaching staff must have had a very low score on his math SAT’s. I overlooked us going for two against Maryland when we shouldn’t have, and then we did it again against Buffalo. In the fourth quarter, if we had kicked the extra point after a score, we would have been down 21 points. The best we could have hoped for at that time, was a tie and overtime, so why risk being down by 22?
- After Buffalo didn’t get a first down in our territory in the fourth quarter, we refused to take a 15-yard penalty before they punted. Why?
So, cracks are starting to appear. If we come back and beat the “Ramblin Wrecks from Georgia Tech,” there still won’t be enough seats on the bandwagon.
Thursday: Just What the doctor ordered
Saturday: Game Day
Sunday: Game Analysis