Friday, November 30, 2007

Grading the 'Dogs (8-4, 6-2): at New Mexico State (4-9, 1-7)

Quarterbacks: A-
Brandstater came out more confident than ever, putting zip in his throws, running and throwing for 205 yards (20.5 per completion). Showed no hesitation taking off for a 40-yard run to set up a score.

Running Backs: A-
Harding proves last week was not an anomally, rushing for a career-high 121 and a score, and is complemented by Mathews' 99 yards and a TD before he left with a possible broken clavicle (ouch).

Receivers: B+
A few too many dropped balls, but it was pouring rain. Moore goes over 100 yards for the second straight game with four catches for 106 yards. Ajirotutu adds two for 46, and Lang two for 25. Pascoe returns to field.

Offensive Line: A-
Made Brandstater's day easy, allowing just one sack and giving him tons of time the rest of the game. Had some trouble pushing Aggies defense around inside the red zone early. 'Dogs averaged 5 yards a carry.

Defensive Line: B-
Didn't get much pressure on Holbrook, but helped hod Aggies to 96 rushing yards.

Linebackers: B
Riley and Jacobs are too much, combining for 20 tackles (2 for losses). Riley nearly picked off late desperation pass.

Defensive Backs: B-
Secondary clamped down after shaky first quarter (which seems to be a habit). Davis made two straight key stops in the red zone, and Harding stepped up to fill Bell's void with 10 tackles (2 for losses) and a sack. Still, allowed 323 yards, and Jorde dropped two potential interceptions before leaving with injury.

Special Teams: B
Blocked PAT returned by Owens for two points, but return game struggled without Smith and Jefferson, though Lang could be return man of the future. Stitser made his first two field goals before missing a 24-yarder with 1:04 left that would have sealed the win.

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