Grades for Tulsa game

November 14, 2013 by Doug Smock

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.

3 Responses to “Grades for Tulsa game”

  1. Chris says:

    You watch Doc on the sideline and it is evident. Guy is clueless. Lucky lucky lucky we walked away with the win last night. The only coach worse that Holiday was Tulsa’s in the closing minutes.

  2. Jimbo says:

    Tulsa’s QB will end up being pretty good. Watts should be on a NFL roster next year. Take away the fumbles and we hang 60 on these guys. I can live with the early INT, it happens. But the fumbles are as you say, unacceptable.

  3. Jimbo says:

    Not sure he’s clueless, but I am not happy with Doc. I hope we win, but I fear we will only be so good with Doc at the helm. I agree totally Tulsa’s coach screwed up big time at the end. We likely win anyway, but it’s much less a sure thing if he punts.

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