Observations on the unimpressive
win over Indiana, 31-17!
1-Overall, Navarre was 15 of 24 for
161 yards and two touchdowns to go along with his 2 picks. Gutierrez
was one of two for 9 yards (to Ecker). Michigan was 5 of 12 on
3rd down and one of two on 4th down. Offense had 16 first downs,
and 17 points in four red zone opportunities. Jason Avant led
our receivers with 3 catches for 45 yards. Braylon Edwards had
3 catches for 42 yards. Our offense had 338 yards in 62 plays;
we had 168 yards in 36 attempts. To say the least, our offense
is unimpressive. We were forced into four second half punts to
go along with 4 offensive turnovers in the second half, and one
of those punts was blocked for a Hoosier touchdown. Indiana held
nearly a 4 minute possession advantage for the game due to our
2-The defense was not as good in the
second half allowing Indiana to get twelve first downs and 17
overall for the game. This included two red zone opportunities
for 10 points. Overall, they gained 209 yards in 77 plays. Lovecchio
was 16 of 33 for 107 yards plus two picks. Pannozzo had 6 catches
for 41 yards. We have forced 8 Hoosier punts. Indiana had 44 rushes
for 102 yards. Lewis had 70 yards on 21 carries. Pierre Woods
and Marlin Jackson led the defense with 8 tackles each. Carl Diggs
had seven, and Lawrence Reid had 6. Pat Massey had his best game
with 5 tackles, three for loss including one sack. Gonzalez led
the Hoosiers with 9 tackles, one for loss, one pass break up,
a fumble recovery and a mean hit on Massaquoi.
3-Breaston was awesome as usual with
a 69 yard punt return. He had two carries for a net of one yard
(+12 and -11) and one touchdown grab for 20 yards. He accounted
for 14 of our 24 points, and was probably the difference in the
4-Perry had 112 yards in 22 carries
with 2 fumbles. Perry also had two catches for 8 yards. Overall,
our heralded offensive line was unimpressive. If we take away
the 41 yard run by Perry, we had only 127 yards in the other 35
attempts (3.6 yards per carry). Dudley did a nice job blocking,
and had his first catch for 5 yards. Mingery also had his first
catch this year for 9 yards. Thompson had two catches for 10 yards.
5-Finley had 3 punts for a 37.7 yard
average; Spencer dropped the perfect snap and then made a poor
decision to try to punt, and it was blocked for a TD. Our net
punting was 28.2 yards. Special teams continues to have a Jekyl
& Hyde legacy. Nienberg and Rivas did a fine job as Rivas
hit a 44 yard field goal. Our two kickoff returns were poor, but
our punt return team was excellent.
6-We won't have an easy time in Iowa
as they'll look to rebound at home. They do have solid special
teams play. They'll be confident they'll be able to stop our offense
after viewing the Oregon and Indiana game films. The question
will be can they score points (enough to win) against our defense.
Of course, they may not need to if our special teams gives them
a blocked punt or two; that may be enough for them to win in Iowa
City. The Michigan State game now looks like a mammoth game on
our schedule. Minnesota will definitely be tough as they beat
Penn State in their home turf.
7-Stevens didn't play with an injured
foot; he is supposed to return next week. Van Alstyne went out
with a knee injury; hopefully, it won't be serious. Jackson went
out, but came back in. Woodley went out, but it didn't look serious.
Stewart was back and started. He played most of the game at strong
safety. It was nice to see Gonzalez back after the broken hand;
he did get a catch. Breaston and Avant started at wide outs as
Edwards sat most of the first half. Barringer played on special
teams, and was in during the last series where Indiana ran it
into our end zone; Shaw was the backup at safety though ahead
of Barringer. Shazor didn't play at all; apparently it is a wrist
injury and he was in a cast. Jerome Jackson and Mundy played on
special teams, but didn't see action at running back or safety.
Observations on the first half
with the Hoosiers, 24-0!
1-Where are all the Navarre apologists?
It is a bit windy, and the receivers could have caught all those
passes that he has put in their vicinity. Overall, Navarre is
10 of 18 for 112 yards and one touchdown to go along with his
2 pick (that weren't his fault, of course). He is 3 or 6 on 3rd
down and one of two on 4th down, and none of those conversion
opportunities were his fault. Offense has 10 first downs, and
10 points in three red zone opportunities. Jason Avant leads our
receivers with 3 catches for 45 yards. Braylon Edwards has no
catches and has spent most of the first half standing on the sidelines.
He did have one drop for no yards.
2-The defense looks solid holding Indiana
to 5 first downs (one by penalty), no red zone opportunities,
no points, 2 of 9 on 3rd down conversions and zero for two on
4th down, 57 yards in 37 plays and one pick for a touchdown by
LeSueur. Lovecchio is 4 of 15 for 8 yards and two picks. We have
forced 5 Hoosier punts. Indiana has 22 rushes for 49 yards. Lawrence
Reid has 5 tackles to lead the defense; Pat Massey has 4 tackles,
three for loss including one sack. Marlin Jackson also has five
tackles, one pick and one pass break up. Gonzalez leads the Hoosiers
with 5 tackles, a fumble recovery and a mean hit on Massaquoi.
3-Breaston has been awesome as usual
with a 69 yard punt return. He has one carry for 12 yards and
one touchdown grab for 20 yards. He has accounted for 14 of our
4-Perry has 72 yards in 13 carries
with 2 fumbles for turnovers so he is now on the bench; Underwood
and Rembert are getting needed action, but haven't been very impressive.
Overall, our heralded offensive line has 104 yards in 19 carries.
If we take away the 41 yard run by Perry, we have been pretty
bad so far. Dudley has been doing a nice job blocking, and had
his first catch for 5 yards. Mingery also had his first catch
this year for 9 yards.
5-We haven't had to punt with 4 turnovers.
Those two fumbles by Perry and interceptions by Navarre has given
Indiana a 16 to 14 minute edge on time of possession. Rivas has
made a 44 yard field goal and two extra points so we have nothing
to quibble about in special teams play. We did go after some punts,
but just missed on blocks. Nienberg has been excellent on kickoffs.