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Grades for Tulsa game

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OFFENSE: D
This may the only time I’ll throw this grade on an offense that racked up 613 total yards. But four lost fumbles in the second half is unacceptable.
DEFENSE: B
This appears to be pure lunacy, yes. But here’s my rationale: (a) They were put in lousy positions by all that fumbling, (b) they only yielded 345 total yards and (c) bowed up at the end, forcing two field goals, two punts and a 20-yard sack on fourth down. These guys were warriors.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C+
One play with positive good impact: Deandre Reaves’ simple 10-yard punt return allowed the Herd to drive just 39 yards for the go-ahead touchdowns. That makes up for his muffed kickoff, another scary moment.
QUARTERBACKING: B+
Deductions for the two scary fumbles, one that went out of bounds, and the red-zone pick that cracked the door open in the first half. He was victimized by some drops, and didn’t get all of his shots downfield, or even close. But 456 yards are nothing to sneeze at.
COACHING: D
The insertion of Remi Watson (complete with fumble) brought a nasty flashback of Tron Martinez vs. WVU, 2010. What the heck were these guys doing in the third quarter?
OVERALL: C+
Smells to high heaven, but it’s a Conference USA road win against a team that’s not going to roll over. Sure as heck beats the last time Marshall played here.