Hoping to get back to my DVR tomorrow and be able to really pick out some details of the game. But for now I am watching highlights I can find online, and soberly remembering a few more things I wanted to point out.
Here comes bullet... points (sorry)
- In the first recap I wrote about the speed of the D-line, especially the ends, but I neglected to mention the blinding speed the LB's showed. In particular Orie Lemon, Justin Gent, and Shawn Lewis. There were a few plays where Lemon blitzed up the middle and he was through the line shockingly fast. I already mentioned Gent in the first writeup, but to reiterate, he was not "Gent"le on the Cougs (uuggghh). I will have to watch the full replay, but from what I noticed on first watch Lewis was all over the field when he was in the game. He ran down RB's on the opposite side of the field, and delivered a few nice hits.
- And speaking of fast, on Kendall's 66 yard run in the 2nd I couldn't help but notice that in addition to Bowling, Randle, and Moore making blocks 30-60 yards downfield, Grant Garner and Nick Martinez were right there at the one yard line at the end of the play. Martinez in particular was spectacular on that play. He started by checking the DT at the line, then moved downfield where he took TWO Cougars out of the play 10 yards past the LOS, then still continued down the field where he was looking to be involved should Kendall have cut back.
I know the DB is 5'9, but Blackmon out-jumped him by quite a bit, all while turning and fading toward the corner.
Appears to be Dana's experiment to put the best players on the field in some form, in this case the two FB's Ward and Paulsen. It seems to be a great alternative to using TE's, yet still providing extra protection. The only problem is that it needs a name. What about the "gunbone"? Oh right.. that's my wang's nickname. What about "shotbone"? "Fullbone"? "Funbone"? Why can't I think of any non-homoerotic names?