Grades for Houston game

November 17, 2012 by Doug Smock

I’ve been tweetin’ up a storm, but deliquent over here in the blog.

First order of business: Marshall “wins” 95-30 in the SMH Index for ill-time penalties, though Doc would dispute the Billy Mitchell foul.

Now the grades:

OFFENSE: B+
Tough to argue with 665 total yards and 288 yard rushing, but the Herd needed to cash in after halftime. Three field goals aren’t a good sign in most Conference USA games.

DEFENSE: D+
Another really good half, another near-disaster in the other half. Houston got one outrageous lucky break and that desperation pass off the fumbled snap. Shoot, Marshall falls on that loose ball, the game might be a rout.

SPECIAL TEAMS: F+
Shoot, we can argue the game was won on special teams, eh? Haig’s kick, great squib afterward, right? And what about Houston’s Hogan booting his last kickoff out of bounds. Wow.

QUARTERBACK: B
The one pick that was Cato’s fault squandered a chance for Marshall to go up 38-10. Perhaps Houston’s spirit would have been squashed, but we’ll never know.

COACHING: C-
I heard/read at least two different people this week calling for Bill Legg’s head. What??????? I see the gnashing of teeth on the defensive side, but the MU offense is *fun* again, folks.

On the other hand, there was a little bit of “playing not to lose,” which I don’t care for. Doc went by the book late in the game going for that field goal and the 41-38 lead, but I might have gone for it on fourth-and-4 at the Houston 9. Then again, I’m a maverick.

OVERALL: C+
Had ’em all the way, right? On to Greenville, with a bowl game on the line.

3 Responses to “Grades for Houston game”

  1. James says:

    Cato threw several into the ground on Saturday. One was so sharply thrown in to the ground, it looked a lot like a spike. Glove problem?

  2. Doug Smock says:

    Could be a glove problem … the pass you refer to never quite got out of his hand … kind of a ball-slip in reverse.

  3. Thrill2310 says:

    Good to see a writer with some sense. Did anyone see where Chuck Landon gave the offense a defense both a C? He blamed the bad defensive performance on the offense. Starting to look like Doug here is the best one we got going. Keep up the good work Doug.

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