I posted this on a different thread as well, but all it takes is one offensive lineman to make the whole unit look bad. One guy gets through and it throws off all the blocking angles and then the floodgates open. There's no drill (and no possible way) for an O-lineman to be pass blocking for a 3-step drop and then suddenly realize there's pressure and turn the 3-step protection into sprintout protection.
When I was focusing on the line, the LT spot was extremely suspect
I think the jury is still out on the D-Line, I saw alot of UNI's running plays and when Renni ran the ball it was down the middle. They didn't give him or any of the running backs for UNI much of the edge. I don't know if they were funneling the running QB and RB's to Knott and AJ or not. I know typically with a running QB you tend to contain rather than attack (sack wise), and this is different with a pure pocket passing QB. So that may have been schemed that way, and the UNI running game was not stellar either. They did a good job against the run.
The O-Line was I believe just a poor showing. I don't know with the injuries and the missing personnel what to think, a few more weeks will tell us.
The most discouraging thing to me was the fact that we were starting a brand new QB that obviously was going to have some nerves going into the game, so the prescription had to be to get the running game going and take the pressure off of your new QB.
But we couldn't run the ball at all. Offensive linemen are supposed to love run blocking. But yet, against an FCS team, we couldn't do anything on the ground. This was HUGE. We now had to pass the ball to see if we could get anything going, and Steele was just a bit nervous and hesitant, as any new QB would be. But it didn't help that our OL couldn't pass protect either. So we couldn't run block or pass protect.... against UNI! Not a good combination folks.
As shaky as Steele was through 3 and a half quarters, we could have never won that game without him IMO. With no blocking up front all night in the run game or passing game, Steele was forced to put this game entirely on his shoulders. And in the end, he did it.
Defensively, it was quite as bad as the offense IMO, but it still wasn't pretty. McDonough actually was abusing his man pretty good all night IMO, but he had no help. A healthy Rump would have helped him out a ton.
What boggled my mind all night was the fact that we never seemed to just get the idea that UNI's ONLY offense basically came from Rennie running the ball. It seemed like all we needed to do was have a Knott or Klein just concentrate solely on Rennie. Don't go for any fakes, etc... just stay on Rennie no matter what. He virtually was no threat to hand it off or pitch it. The only thing that was working for them was him keeping it himself all the time, and we still couldn't stop him.
We basically made UNI one dimensional, with Rennie's running, but yet, we still couldn't stop him. That was very frustrating.
I just hope there's some serious butt chewing going on this week in all aspects. Not only in the X's and O's, but also our complete lack of discipline too. Another Cyclone gets ejected from a game for crying out loud. And tons of personal foul penalties too. Money not being able to control his emotions, AND.... 3 starters not even dressing because of their boneheaded decisions. It was NOT a proud night to be a Cyclone fan IMO.