Tag:Damion Fletcher
Posted on: September 19, 2009 8:44 pm

A tale of two halves...

So on paper, Virginia was 0-2... USM was 2-0.    

On the field, you wouldnt' have known it for 30 minutes...  Yes, the "comedy of errors" that Virginia suffered through the first two weeks of the season appeared to start all over, as Sewell fumbled the second snap of the game, and USM took over.   From that point on, however, for the next 29 minutes of the game, you wouldn't have recognized the two teams from their records.

I don't know what happened to my USM team, but the offense sputtered, Deandre Brown couldn't hold a ball for his life, Davis refused to work the magic with his other RB's and WR's... and the defense... well, we won't mention the defense of the first half, other than to say that when you give up 190 yards (yes, 190) to a team that had about a 108 yard per game average (if CBS-C had the right numbers), you know it's just wrong.

The DL was getting no push, couldn't get NEAR Sewell and the coverage just ran out of time to cover all the WR's.. and Vriginia was looking like an all-pro team out there, moving up and down the field at will.

First half score:  27-10

Then something happened... either Fedora lit a fire under someone's donkey at halftime, or the Virginia players remembered that they lost to Wiliam and Mary...   I'm not sure what it was, but other than one drive that ended in a Sewell TD, USM apparently showed up to play, including a 100 yard Kickoff return by Freddie Parham  (I thought it was 102, but I'm not an official statistician, sorry Freddie, my numbers don't count :) ), and Damion Fletcher passing Sammy Winder for the all-time rushing Touchdowns in a USM career.

But for the second week in a row, the defense seemed to have problems with a scrambling, agile QB, particularly until the 4th quarter.   I'll be honest, I haven't kept up with this new (i think he's new?) Kansas QB, but if our line can't get any pressure on him without the help of a blitz, this is going to be a VERY Long week/weekend.

And just for what it's worth, Coach Fedora, please save the half-back pass plays until we're IN the lead with no fear of a comeback... PLEASE?
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