My No. 2, though, wouldn't have been West Virginia. I know Tulsa won the Conference USA, but getting completely outmuscled by a lower-conference team is never a good look, and after a strong first quarter, Iowa State hardly looked like it belonged on the same field with the Golden Hurricane. The fans showed up in Memphis in force, but the team looked absent. The offense was lost and the defense had little shot against a running game that consistently rotated in fresh backs.
Paul is the only guy I want at HC, but I want him to step back himself and look at why this team had no "Life". Why? How could guys quit in that bowl they way they did? Hell, even Lenz didn't play like he should on that last int. It might have been better had we not gone to a bowl at all......seriously. All that "extra practice" crap. What is the point if that game was our product?
Is it that hard to coach? Lord, let the guys play ball with simple plays that work. Scout the other teams' weak links and take advantage. Our offensive x's adn o's are way out of whack with what we should be doing.
That's an incredibly short-sighted view.
ISU had 25 freshmen redshirting this season that just had an extra month+ to practice and get better. If Rohach plays well next year some of that is going to be due to the month of extra practice he just got. So the game sucked, time to get over it. That extra practice time is more valuable than going to the actual bowl game, especially when you just redshirted your entire freshman class.
Was the whole flu thing covered in another post? I really don't see why coach played a quarterback that was throwing up the night before into the starting role? Who knows how many other guys were sick or getting sick. Just wondered?
That explains a lot of our offense to me.
because we were all reminded of how the other qb is a turnover machine once he got in the game. Sometimes you have to choose the lesser of two evils. A sick kid who can hold on to the ball is better than a healthy one who can't.
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