In the past two weeks, we’ve had a total of 2 minus points given. This week may be a bit different.
Andrew Maxwell‘s stats didn’t say much, but he had to throw into coverage a lot, given that NO WIDE RECEIVERS could get any separation.
The Defense DID give up their first two touchdowns and 20 points on Saturday, but they were gassed in the 4th quarter because of MSU’s offense couldn’t stay on the field. Plus, the two TDs they gave up were both on drives with at least one big play.
The Offensive Line may have lost Fou Fonoti (For six weeks- OUCH), but that doesn’t give them an excuse to play this poorly. For example, look at this play:
MSU has 6 guys up front, and will have Larry Caper (who’s playing fullback in this play) come up to block. Notre Dame? 3 guys on the line. Keep your eye on #70 Skyler Burkland and #91 Sheldon Day on Notre Dame.
Wait, what is Skyler Burkland doing? Watching the rest of the line block? As you can tell, Sheldon Day ended up getting Andrew Maxwell for the sack.
THIS is a big reason why we lost. Our line needs to be able to block. It’s their job.
The MSU Wide Receivers once again failed on Maxwell. They may have had 6-8 guys on them for most of the game, but you have got to get open. Bennie Fowler especially had issues making plays. It’s hard to win when your offensive line can’t block and your receivers can’t catch.
Dan Conroy was so good his Freshman year, but it feels like since then he’s regressed. He did make a 50 yard field goal this week, but also totally shanked a 44-yarder.
Well, that’s not supposed to happen.
Thanks for reading. In the coming weeks, I’ll try to put in frames from the game for posts like these. (Note: I’m doing this because I LOVE it when Shaw Lane Spartans do the Picture posts. Go check them out!)