(Written by kencraw)
Various thoughts after Saturday night’s thrilling LOOOOONG victory over Oregon:
- There will be an OTRH podcast this week. I’ve been sick and had a busy weekend, so I didn’t get to posting it yet. Hopefully tonight or tomorrow morning.
- I’m seeing way to much of “the offense scored 52 points” argument this morning. If you want to take a holistic view based on points scored, you need to limit yourself to regulation. The Bears only scored 42 in regulation. Admittedly, that’s not nothing, but it’s also not so much that one can’t be frustrated with the offense.
- That’s particularly true when you pull out this nugget: The Bears only scored 11 points in the 2nd half. Don’t tell me the offense didn’t struggle at times.
- I’m probably less concerned with the defensive effort than most. Yeah, there were some portions of the game they were frustrating. But they held Oregon to 14 in the 1st half and were given absolutely no support in the 2nd half by the offense. They were pretty dang tired by the end.
- Speaking of the defense, I thought they did pretty well against the read-option game, something they have failed miserably against in recent years.
- One thing that is concerning is the offense’s lack of ability to stretch the field. This team lived by the long-ball for the 1st portion of the season and now they can’t seem to throw the ball downfield to save their life.
- Call me under-impressed with the clock management on the final drive of regulation. The Bears got the ball with 3:15 left. And while I know they wanted to make sure they didn’t leave any time for Oregon to score, there’s no excuse to run out of time and have to kick a 41 yard field goal on 2nd and 4. Push that ball another 10 yards down field and it’s a gimme of a field goal.
- I’m practically getting vertigo watching the defense struggle yet then coming up with game-winning plays at the end of the game (at home anyway).