Yep, in the second half, the up-tempo offensive helped and they started to throw the ball more downfield. Taula made some nice catches on passes that looked to be behind him. I thought Annexstad made some good decisions and took advantage of open space when the play was breaking down and ended up the leading rusher for ISU. Frankly, that shows how bad the running game was overall when the QB ends up being your leading rusher by 36 yards! (ISU stats, Annexstad 55 yards rushing (not counting lost yardage on sacks) and White next with 19 yards) Little brother Brock Annexstad was the leading receiver for the team with Taula a close second.The offense was extremely stagnant in the first half. It felt like last year all over again with the play calling and all. I felt the play calling hand cuffed the offense in the first half and then we opened it up in the second half and played well. Not sure if anyone else felt that way.
All 3 of the offensive linemen that were replaced were present and in uniform. Bussone started the game at G and he was replaced by Rios. Pope played the entire game at T in place of Asche. Gudaitis started at G in place of Mueller. Zach Mueller was the only one showing signs of an injury. He was wearing a soft cast on his right wrist. Mueller was enthusiastically warming up after halftime as if he had hopes of playing but Gudaitis continued to play in his place.Did not realize that 3 offensive lineman were out and TE Deming left early in game.
Ted mentioned that the 3 most impactful calls/no calls were her. He also mentioned she had very little experience and blasted the conference for bringing someone up before they were ready.She told a friend of mine, prior to the game, she had VERY, VERY little experience reffing college or HS fball, but she had reffed a lot of HS bball.
In the 1st half receiver we’re getting separation we did not have that much time to release the ball even when they came off edges he could not step up in pocket. Don’t understand sometime the we rotation.Got to give WR and QB feel for game. QB was off even when he pass to #11 he save us adjusting to ball throw high or behind him. We got Buck and Carr why not group them together on field with those guys speed you can’t double on both sides of u do it’s going to leave big TE or WR like #12 open .. with White/Wright in backfield in spread that give opponent’s a lot to think about and would open up running game as well as mismatch with LB if they pass to RB. I saw a few times #0 and #12 wide open tv did not show itIn the first half our receivers were not getting separation and Annexstad was throwing into coverage. It's a miracle that he made it through the game without an interception. We cannot expect that to continue. Our rushing attack was rather ineffective. The line did open some holes but they closed quickly. Lampkin and Brown were unable to exploit the brief openings. Nigel White looked the best. The 2nd half was better and I thought Annexstad played extremely well. He continued to take chances throwing the ball but he had no choice at that point. I was really pleased with his quick decisions. He got rid of the ball under pressure and he tucked and ran at opportune times. Zack led the fight back and we had a chance to win towards the end. Like Virginia, I didn't like the non-call on Sobkowicz in the endzone, but we shouldn't have let it come down to that.
Defensively there was some poor coverage, and we had some missed tackles in the first half. Again, obvious improvement in the 2nd half with guys really flying around. Vandenburgh, Okolo, Jordan looked good along the front. You have to credit Baker and the SIU offense. They executed very well in the early scoring drives.
QB (Annexstad) put a TD pass in the hands of #0 and he couldn't hold on. 0 better hope that Annexstad is the forgiving type. A lot of QBs won't go back to you for a loooong time after dropping a six pointer.In the 1st half receiver we’re getting separation we did not have that much time to release the ball even when they came off edges he could not step up in pocket. Don’t understand sometime the we rotation.Got to give WR and QB feel for game. QB was off even when he pass to #11 he save us adjusting to ball throw high or behind him.
Second half 1st half not that good. Fact OC recognized to up tempo 2nd half was a plus. The entire 1st 3 quarters was weird for a crowd that big did not seem like a big conference game from stand or players until 4 th quarter we need the 12 man to step up ! We can win the next two games! Small adjustments and no injuries !QB (Annexstad) put a TD pass in the hands of #0 and he couldn't hold on. 0 better hope that Annexstad is the forgiving type. A lot of QBs won't go back to you for a loooong time after dropping a six pointer.
I thought the pass protection was pretty good, especially when you consider that SIU knew we had to throw a lot in the second half. The Redbirds got 2 sacks and 3 QB hurries against Baker/SIU in 19 passing attempts. That means more than 1 in 4 passes were under heavy pressure. SIU got 3 sacks and 6 QB hurries against Annexstad/ISU in 47 passing attempts. Less than 1 in 5 passes were under heavy pressure.
TBH, the fans had nothing to cheer about until the 2nd half . . . which means they were no longer that into the game.Second half 1st half not that good. Fact OC recognized to up tempo 2nd half was a plus. The entire 1st 3 quarters was weird for a crowd that big did not seem like a big conference game from stand or players until 4 th quarter we need the 12 man to step up ! We can win the next two games! Small adjustments and no injuries !
Now thats a true blue response from a former AD. Agree 100%Watching on TV I couldn't understand the play calling down the stretch. But if 3 Oline and a TE are out you have to do something to help out the Oline. Running the ball and play action did that. They were in a position to win the game at the end so I'm not going to complain about that.
I don't like to complain about Refs. It's a pretty thankless job and as a retired AD/coach I don't understand why anyone would do it. But that said I sure as hell see why Spack went off. Brutal.
And to that point, if you think officiating is bad now, it's only going to get worse. There are huge shortages of Refs at the lower levels. Refs are aging out. My 69-year-old brother-in-law is doing 4 football games a week. Go to a high school game. A varsity ref under 50 is the exception, not the rule. Was that chick bad yesterday? Sure, maybe. But she was out there because she's the best the conference could get. And at least she's out there.
A million percent. You think refs are bad now? If parents/coaches don't change attitudes at lower levels those refs aren't going to be there to move up to college/pro.
Think this is hyperbole? Normal vs Normal West varsity baseball this part March had to be cancelled because they couldn't find two umpires. Two of the biggest teams in a 25 mile radius in a 100k person town(s) and they couldn't find two umpires.
It's getting bad, folks. Real bad.
About 15 years ago both my sons took classes to referee for youth soccer. I thought it was a good idea. They make a few bucks and they both played and knew the game pretty well. Without any doubt, they knew the game better than the majority of the parents! The league was struggling to get enough refs and I took the course as well and began to referee youth soccer games. Within one year all three of us had stopped. I stopped because I would not let my sons referee unless I was on the sideline watching. My eleven-year-old son was refereeing an Under 6 game. The losing coach became so abusive, yelling and cursing at my eleven-year-old that I walked out to the middle of the field and stopped the game myself. A league official removed the coach from the complex and he was eventually banned from coaching.Agree and it's not just officiating. I am quoting out for new insurance for the home, autos and updating my umbrella policy. One of the items listed as " a reason to have an umbrella policy" is if you coach youth sports. People are getting crazy. I have never officiated, but I have coached softball, soccer and bball. It was insane and this was years ago, and it was just much younger kids. People need to understand that not every child is going to make it big and rake in millions. That's just not how it works.
I feel bad for today's coaches and officials.
It doesn't just happen on playing field with parents and refs. It is now very prevalent in our schools with parents and teachers.Excellent insight by all.
Instant replay, that's very interesting Virginia. You want to shock yourself, watch the replay when they slow it down to 1/10th of live speed, then immediately watch the replay in real time. And we expect these men and women to be perfect. I've been guilty of this, having 4 kids go through athletics. It's hard.
Sports really isn't the problem, it's a societal problem. A big one. Figure out what really matters, folks. Little hint for ya. It ain't sports. (as I type my comments on a fan board for peter's sake)