Sunday, November 11, 2007

Grading the 'Dogs (6-4, 5-2): at Hawaii (9-0, 6-0)

Quarterbacks: B+
Can't ask for much more than than from Tommy B. 209 yards, 3 TDs and a drive in crunch time. He just needed one more possession.

Running Backs: B
After rough first quarter, Smith (105 yards) and Miller (78 yards) mask Mathews' absence, but deficit was too big already.

Receivers: B+
They can run after the catch! Get Ajirotutu the ball more, and keep finding Moore across the middle. Pascoe's injury didn't hurt too bad.

Offensive Line: C-
5 sacks allowed in one game!? The unit had only allowed 12 all year. Still struggling against blitzing schemes.

Defensive Line: C
First quarter was atrocious with zero pressure on Brennan, but Carter's second-half play made up for some of it.

Linebackers: C
As much as I wanna give an A for Riley's slobber-knocking hit that left Brennan squirming on Hawaii's trash dump of a field, the tale of two halves defensively kept the 'Dogs from winning. Give Cheese props for his 2 sacks, and Riley for his interception in the end zone (just the second of the season for the 'Dogs).

Defensive Backs: D
They buckled down in the second half too, but their terrible first-quarter play was inexcusable, getting down 21-0 and allowing Brennan to throw for more than 300 yards in the first half.

Special Teams: B+
Jefferson got the 'Dogs on the board with a 98-yard first-quarter kick return for a TD. But, other than that, special teams wasn't a difference-maker.


  1. see number 4:

    Great game by Fresno State, I have to admit. Colt Brennan is a great guy, a great guy who would never point fingers to anybody except himself. But, the replay doesn't lie. Riley should have been ejected.

  2. dear fyoosh,
    check out these stories from Honolulu . Maybe you'll reconsider you misconception. Riley led with the shoulder, helmet came second.

  3. To fyoosh:

    Just wondering how many people actually stayed up on the mainland and watched the game LIVE instead of getting their info from Youtube.

    I did, and I watched the instant replays, at least 4 or 5 of them.
    It in no way even looked intentional to me, which should also be considered.

    The hit was also legal per NCAA rules, it is not the NFL rule that applied.

    This is not to say that I was not totally horrified that Brennan was KO'd. Also maybe the rules need to be changed a little.

  4. Saying Riley should have been rejected is downright crazy! NO ONE went to sleep...the game ended before midnight for cryin' out loud. Are you kiddin' me!?

    I recorded it. Watched it more than 25 times. Fast and slow motion. There was nothing wrong with the hit. Even the Honolulu paper said Brennan swiveled his head at the wrong time (which is why there was any helmet to helmet contact). Textbook hit. College football.

    That said, how 'bout the fact that FS should have had a TD on that play, being that Chris Carter picked up Brennan's fumble and ran into the end zone for a score. Talk about a bogus job of officiating...


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