Saturday, October 13, 2007

Grading the 'Dogs (4-2): at Idaho (1-6)

Quarterbacks: B-
Brandstater was efficient, throwing for 178 yards on 17 of 22 passing with no picks -- but he had no touchdowns either.

Running Backs: B+
While Miller lost two fumbles, he also had his season-best 108 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Mathews added two more scores on 67 yards and Smith had 42 yards on 5 attempts.

Receivers: B
Pascoe was again the go-to target with 69 yards on 6 grabs, but short-armed a sure deep touchdown pass and dropped it. Crawley added 41 yards and Smith 38. The big pass plays are still missing.

Offensive Line: A-
Unit seems to have gelled, paving way for 5.1 yards per carry and allowing one sack. Even when Popovich returns, Bernardi or Jackson will be tough to bench.

Defensive Line: C+
Despite never being in the game after the second quarter, Idaho averaged 6.2 yards per carry and kept its QB out of Clutts' and Monga's grasp. Shamblee let tight end loose for garbage-time TD.

Linebackers: B-
Jacobs led team with 9 tackles, Bates had only sack and 'Dogs were layin' big hits. But gave up too many yards.

Defensive Backs: B
Gave up one big play but held Vandals to 9 of 26 passing. Davis shows he knows how to drop the hits. Still no interceptions on the year...

Special Teams: B
No big plays either way. Stitser badly missed 51-yarder but made two from 44 yards to finish 3 of 4 on field goals. Allowed Idaho 27 yards per kick return.

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