Yuuuuuuuck. The USF team that got rolled over by Wisconsin stayed in the game and almost pulled off the win over Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets were able to come up with a key fumble recovery, and the 14 points in the second quarter held up.
So what went right? The punting game was fantastic – the Yellow Jackets owned the field position battle or stretches – and the defense was good at getting off the field. It might not be the offense of old, but it controlled the clock.
There wasn’t much to the passing game that came up with 76 yards, and the running game was stuffed too often, and it wasn’t pretty, but it’s a process. Geoff Collins got his first win, but soon the offense has to come up with a positive identity.
That’s how you start out a tune-up game. The Eagles were up 21-0 in the first and had things well in hand by halftime thanks to a huge performance from the offensive effort from the offensive line. The running backs were able to gash the Spiders at will.
Anthony Brown hit 8-of-14 passes for 163 yards and three scores, AJ Dillon ran for 86 yards and two scores, and it all worked. The ground attack pounded away for 346 yards and three scores, and once again, the defense was fantastic at taking the ball away. After beating Virginia Tech with five takeaways, the D came up with two, and the O didn’t give any away.
Now with Kansas up next, Rutgers to follow, and Wake Forest and Louisville after that, a 6-0 start is a must going into the NC State game. The team is playing well out of the gate – it’s going to sneak up on everyone by midseason again.
The passing game got to stretch its legs a bit. This was the Quentin Harris game, as he completed 30-of-42 passes for 345 yards and four scores, and ran for 83 yards and a touchdown. It would be nice if other parts could do a bit more, but after the Alabama game, the O needed to have some fun.
There’s still more to work on. The Blue Devils were hit for nine penalties and turned it over twice, but the offensive explosion more than made up for it. That’s what North Carolina A&T is for, but the Middle Tennessee game next week has to be sharp before going to Virginia Tech.
The D basically gave up one big play in the second quarter. Other than that, there wasn’t anything from the Aggie running game. So far, and this includes the Alabama game, the defensive front has done a nice job.