Tag:Southern Mississippi
Posted on: September 30, 2009 12:18 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2009 12:19 pm
 

Over my Saturday Disappointment

Yes,, USM Lost to Kansas University...  We had our opportunities to get ahead of Kansas and change the entire complexion of the game.  How well would Kansas play from behind?  I don't know.. I know they had troubles kill our momentum when we got it (and when we gave it back), but that week they were the better team and they won.. not much you can argue on that one.

Austin Davis finally looks like he knows what he's supposed to do with those Option pitches.    GO back and watch the first three games.. he'd run the play, and regardless of whether or not 3 players were honing in on the pitchman, he'd pitch it anyway.  If I didnt' know better, he was acting afraid that he'd be hit... but then came the Kansas game... and boy has Austin matured in just one week.

He took chances, ran quarterback draws, kept the ball on option plays.. he was looking like an all-American athlete out there.  Unfortunately, it came in a loss (and was due in part to that screwball 4th and 1 call at the end of the first half), but it was his play that kept us in the game.

Now as for Deandre Brown... i know you're worried about that leg, D.. but you gotta be wiling to admit your'e going to be hit.    Look at the other guys... Look at what Parham and Baptiste did... they went up for balls and they took shots...   Right now, D.. you're a 'Big play" receiver and that seems to be all... too many drops, too many worrying about the incoming hit from the opposing players.   (although pulling in that underthrown bomb in the middle of the field was a thing of beauty, even though it hurt your shoulder on the landing).

If you don't get hit now, you're going to get hit later.. find out how good your body really is, take the shot and hold on to those balls.

We could have been 4-0 going into C-USA play, but I'll be willing to take 3-1... now we just need to run the table.. and make sure we containt that Houston offense in a few weeks...

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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