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Johnny. Really needs no explaining but he did what he usually does, be sensational. Before the game I bumped into a guy at a tailgate. He'd obviously been drinking for quite awhile. So much so that he thought I was an OU fan. Mind you, I was wearing my maroon 12 jersey. He said, "Watch out for that Manziel, he's gonna have a big game. He's real good." I almost fell down laughing.
Clarence Thomas McKinney. We may have found us an OC. Loved the option play. Loved the use of the run game. He did exactly what we all knew needed to happen; run it down OU's throat. Kliff couldn't have done a better job IMO.
Seniors. What a group of fine young men. All had big plays in some form or fashion. Will really miss these guys. They truly bought in when they didn't have to and they are a big part of why we went 11-2. Specifically would like to single out EZ, Swope, Dusty, and Nealy. They all came to play and beasted.
Alonzo Williams. Was not happy with his play this season but the young man is a player. Will be a significant contributor if not a starter next year. LA guys always seem to be slow starters for some reason. I thought he did really well in a game he was expected to get reserve snaps in.
Ben and Trey. What a fantastic game from these young men. Just remarkable. Teams should be shared having Brandon Williams as the feature back next year. Then these two guys get about 10 snaps apiece.
Snyder. I was ready to fire his ass at halftime. I was pissed. But the adjustments he made were great. I really hope he sees the light this summer and starts playing more press man. OU tried to go deep twice, both unsuccessful. Let your corners run like the wild horses they are.
Snyder's first half defense. As stated above, I was ready to get rid of this fool. He played too much marshmallow off coverage. There is a time for off coverage but he was playing in 98% of the time. Mix it up and roll safeties and move guys around. Disguise coverage and be imaginative; like you did in the second half. Don't be scared to shut someone out because you can do it.
Tackling. It was obvious we haven't played for a month. Very obvious.
Tom Zimorski. Your lead official. Terrible first half. Second half was better but first half was ridiculous. Even the OU fans around my seats agreed. It was obvious. Only thing that would have made it more obvious is if the cash would have fallen out of his pockets.
Defending the booger routes. I saw someone ask Daddy what a booger route is. Well OU ran a clinic on it last night. Landry jones killed us with those and other little 3-7 yard routes. Was happy Snyder took these away in the second half.
Win we shall, yes we can, yes we will.
Good stuff...I don't know if they showed replays a lot at the game but they did on tv. Pass int, holding and many other fouls were just flat out missed
Not to mention the offsides on the interception. He actually made contact with the guy.
Couldnt disagree more with your bad. Snyder played it perfectly and baited those fools in the first half.
Maroon shades. Take them off.
I disagree with 86, but also feel like this is how Snyder plays every game. Starts off cautiously and then works his way into the game once he sees what looks and plays the opponent is using
Honestly I'm wondering if Snyder was baiting OU with the soft coverage in the first half. They go into the locker room thinking they don't need to make adjustments, that they can just dink their way throwing the ball a couple yards up field every play and be fine. Then in the second half we shut them down on every possession, and they have no time to adjust during the downtime because our offense moves so fast.
If it's intentional, it's a pretty awesome idea; bend but don't break until you get to the red zone, then play tight because you can't get burned deep because there's no where to go deep. You then take their one chance to become unpredictable (halftime), and make them squander it. By keeping the first half close, we gave OU no reason to change ANYTHING on offense, not much to change on defense. Then we force them to go 3 and out, score quickly, 3 and out, score quickly, and they just don't have any time to figure out what the hell is going on because we keep scoring so quickly. And by the time they figure out that the dinky routes aren't working, they have to move to the desperation routes. And those don't work very well for most teams.
A lot of people during the game as well as the announcers were talking about how many snaps BlowU had in the 1st 1/2 and how tired we were going to be in the 4thQ. Well our S&C showed out, and, if you paid attention the huffers and puffers were the O-Line for BlowU. Also, how many paid attention to the number of snaps we played in the 2nd half with only 3 true DLs. Mathis beat the snot out of the BlowU C after the pummeling he took from Nealy and that was a huge difference. Fatigue causes miscues in Linemen, and all the miscues in the 2nd half that were determining factors were on BlowU. We kicked their ass with scheme, conditioning, and far superior coaching.
Anyone who says we were going to get tired didn't watch a single game this year. We were consistently the most conditioned team on the field week in and week out.
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