the first half of the International Bowl? This definitely isnt it. Thats what I was thinking sitting in the stands tonight watching that. I swear, as this season grinds to an end, and the worse it keeps getting, these write ups are easier and easier to write. I mean what can you possibly say after this game. The defense played to pretty much their normal standard, the special teams actually had a pretty good night, and the offense...........the offense.............. sigh, yea.
Ball State, who is struggling just as much as UB has been since 2008, strolls into town @ 3-7. They arent lighting the world on fire by any means this year either. At the very least, you'd expect UB to have a pretty good shot against them, right? And to be perfectly honest, Ball State wasnt really lighting the world on fire in tonights game either. It was just that UB was just that bad. Turnovers, penalties, lack of execution on offense, wow! The term "dumpster fire" should fit in here somewhere. In fact I wish there was a way of expressing in words the action of scratching your head, simply because saying "scratching your head" doesnt do tonight justice.
I think I want to start here, not that this would of made a heck of a lot of difference, but the officiating was just plain awful. I swear these guys were absolutely clueless to what holding is. The amount of times I saw UB's defensive front getting their jerseys tugged on with no call was infuriating. I realize their was a serious lack of a UB pass rush tonight, but I think alot of it had to do with the holding that was going on on every single play it seemed. And then to make matters worse, I think it was in the first half, BallS, LOL sorry, had the ball and had that pass out to the sideline where I could have sworn the guy landed out of bounds (anybody who watched the game can help me out on this one please), but it was surely close enough to review at the very least, yet they let it go as a completed pass. Then on the very next play, the guy lunges the ball forward after appearing to come up short, yet they mark the ball so that it is enough to give them a first down, and they decide to review that. I hate MAC officials.
I honestly believe that if Zordich had stayed healthy this whole game, this game would have gone completely different. He was not playing that bad at all until he got hurt. But then he came crawling out, if you could call what he did crawling, because it was more of a head scooting than crawl, and the rest of the game went to hell. the entire offense, and dare I say team, had the life sucked right out of them. Davis was just plain awful, awful, awful. Is he possibly even going to start next week. I looked absolutely unprepared to go in after Zordich's injury. What the heck happened to "Next Bull In." If Zordich isnt ready to go next week (with a broken rib/s I can imagine he will), and we know what your going to get from Davis, Warden? Maybe see what he can do?
Instead of going on with the rest of the offense, it has gotten to the point that bears the question, is it coaching or is it the players. Should this offense be as horrific as it is regardless of who is at the helm. Lets not kid ourselves, even with Zordich in their, its still a struggle to get down the field for UB. It seems they cant even get the simple things right. Example, How many times were they faced with 2 and 2 yards to go, and they ended up losing yards every time. My lord! I want to believe in Coach Quinn's system, I really do, but if it is a matter of not having the right personnel to run it, I have news for you, players dont grow on trees, and how many seasons have to be labeled as "rebuilding" years until it even has a semblance of running smoothly. When that time comes, there might not be anyone in the stands to watch it, as attendance is steadily dropping every game.
The defense put in it normal effort they have all year long, considering the circumstances. I hear the they made a goal line, fourth down stand late in the 4th. I heard it as I was drowning my memories of the game away with a Guiness in the parking lot. Well done guys, sorry I missed probably the only ray of sunshine for the game. If the defense was supposed to be more aggressive this year, why was the corners playing so far off the receivers on quite a few plays. Wenning is a true freshman right? Let him try to beat you with his arm. Oh wait he did. To make matters worse, why did it have to be on one of the guys thats going to be stepping in next year. Yippee! I guess thats par for the course for this game.
AJ had a 49 yard field goal. Punting was amazing. They blocked/tipped a punt. Returns were all right. And there is a new weapon on coverage teams, and he goes by the name of Dennison. Anybody want him to play QB?
To sum it up, another painful? loss. Next week, and the final home game of he 2010 season against Eastern Michigan, or as their called in the Greater Ann Arbor/ Ypsilanti area, "the Wolverines doges from the wrong side of the tracks", ok they probably arent called that, but it sounds good. I wish I could feel better about facing a 1-9 or 2-8 team in EMU next week, but only being an hour and a half removed from getting home from tonights game, for some strange reason, I cant be. Somebody better call 911, there's a dumpster fire that needs putting out tonight. The march toward 4-8 begins next week. I cant believe I just wrote that.
Finally, as always, thanks to verandaman and Dar for hanging out with us before the game. Dont know what is on the menu for next week yet, although chili might be sounding good. And to UB_dropout for hanging out after the game. Lastly, I wish I had known alot sooner in the game, instead of 10 minutes before leaving, that promotherobot was sitting right in front of us in the stands. It would have made for even better conversation with you and your buddy from Massachusetts. It was a pleasure to meet you both.