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Re: Week 6 Games Talk

Postby steelerfan513 » Fri Oct 09, 2009 8:43 am

You know all those wet people out there? I was one of them. :~( :-o

That was undoubtedly the most miserable, painful, heart-wrenching sporting event I've ever attended. One minute, we're up 12 points with Nebraska having shown almost no signs of life. The next, it's 20-12.

It's so infuriating to look at that box score and see 0, 0, 0, 27 for Nebraska... :-[

I hate that this entire campus is pissed at Gabbert for that loss when he made only one big mistake (first INT was just a sick play). Besides the running backs and special teams, the entire team played like s**t. The receivers were never open. The offensive line had holding penalties that killed at least 3 drives. The secondary got torn to shreds in the 4th quarter on Nebraska's first 3 touchdowns. The offensive coaches didn't try to adjust when Nebraska went to a drop-seven zone on their last drive of the 4th. The front seven (or should I say front 11) couldn't make a tackle even when Nebraska went to 4 tight ends on their last drive and pretty much screamed, "WE'RE RUNNING THE BALL, WE'RE RUNNING THE BALL!" Gary Pinkel went all Evel Knievel again, going for it on 4th and goal before the half in a 2-0 game (I don't care that it worked, you don't risk leaving easy points on the field in a 2-0 game when the other team hasn't shown the ability to score) and going for it on 4th and 20 in the fourth quarter even though he could've attempted a long field goal that would've made a touchdown the winning score and allowed Mizzou's defense to try to get the ball back with about 5 minutes left and all 3 timeouts. He also went for 2 IN THE FREAKING SECOND QUARTER of the Nevada game.

We had chances to put that game away in the first three quarters, especially the first half, and we didn't. The Husker defense did a good job too, but not enough that Mizzou couldn't score; penalties killed a lot of drives. Then an amazing play by that DT and Gabbert's first bad pick of the year (for a sophomore, throwing your first one in your fifth game is pretty impressive) got the Huskers the game.

Ah well, guess it was too much to hope for the Tigers to compete in the Big 12 North after all the talent they lost. In one or two years, they should be right back in the mix as long as Gabbert keeps getting better.
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Re: Week 6 Games Talk

Postby knapplc » Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:16 am

steeler, you guys have TWENTY sophomores in your two-deep roster right now. That's amazing! The next several years at Missouri should be good, competitive years. I'm looking forward to the North finally starting to pull back to shouting distance from the South.

I can't imagine why anyone would be mad at Gabbert right now. He was under fire from our front four all game. He gutted it out after getting his leg rolled up, and he had Missouri in a position to win late. That kid is good and he's only going to get better. Imagine the battles we're going to have in the next couple of years with Gabbert & Moore vs. Green and Burkhead. That's a couple of very good future QB/RB tandems. Gabbert didn't lose that game for Missouri.

Nobody is using it as an excuse, but that constant downpour affected both sides of the ball. Neither offense did what they were capable of, and you can lay a lot of that on the weather. Both defenses played lights-out (no pun intended), but the weather was a major factor here, too.
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Re: Week 6 Games Talk

Postby steelerfan513 » Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:18 am

knapplc wrote:I can't imagine why anyone would be mad at Gabbert right now. He was under fire from our front four all game. He gutted it out after getting his leg rolled up, and he had Missouri in a position to win late. That kid is good and he's only going to get better. Imagine the battles we're going to have in the next couple of years with Gabbert & Moore vs. Green and Burkhead. That's a couple of very good future QB/RB tandems. Gabbert didn't lose that game for Missouri.


Completely agree. People are stupid, and a lot of them don't know much about football. It's just how it is. They only see the obvious, blatant mistakes when the less-than-obvious ones are what lose the game.

Nobody is using it as an excuse, but that constant downpour affected both sides of the ball. Neither offense did what they were capable of, and you can lay a lot of that on the weather. Both defenses played lights-out (no pun intended), but the weather was a major factor here, too.


I was wondering if ESPN would say anything about the power outage. It was annoying not having a big screen for replays, but other than that I didn't notice much. I was too busy being wet and cold. !+)

And I have to agree with you on the weather. Both quarterbacks completed less than 50% of their passes. I'm surprised both teams didn't run the ball more to compensate for the weather, although both of them got into a lot of 2nd and 3rd down and long situations that forced passes.

On an unrelated note, my roommate went to the same high school as Rex Burkhead. :-D
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Re: Week 6 Games Talk

Postby knapplc » Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:39 am

I think Nebraska didn't run the ball more for two reasons - 1) Our OC, Watson, is a moron, and would rather spread the field and throw than run against a stacked box. The two TE set worked just fine running out the clock in the 4th, but for some reason he refused to budge on his game plan. Obstinate idiot. 2) Helu had the flu earlier this week, and was noticeably slow. Even on that long run in the 4th quarter he didn't have the same burst. He's taken that to the house a couple of times this year, but he was just gassed.

Burkhead is a beast. I still cannot fathom how he escaped Texas. Surely ONE of those schools could use a solid, hard-nosed, fast, savvy runner. Very strange. But I'm absolutely not complaining. Burkhead & Cody Green are going to be a great 1-2 punch in the next few years.
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Re: Week 6 Games Talk

Postby Metroid » Fri Oct 09, 2009 11:06 am

I feel ya steeler, that was a tough loss, probably the only thing worse than being blown out, is literally getting beaten in the 4th quarter in a game you should have won. :-/

And yes that weather played a major role on the game, both teams were heavily effected. It made it MUCH harder on the receivers as well as the QBs. I think another thing that helped with the Huskers win, and you can confirm this steeler, was the weather started to lighten up in the 4th. They were clicking at the end and that bit of a clearing really seemed to be a big help. :-?
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Re: Week 6 Games Talk

Postby steelerfan513 » Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:04 pm

Metroid wrote:I feel ya steeler, that was a tough loss, probably the only thing worse than being blown out, is literally getting beaten in the 4th quarter in a game you should have won. :-/

And yes that weather played a major role on the game, both teams were heavily effected. It made it MUCH harder on the receivers as well as the QBs. I think another thing that helped with the Huskers win, and you can confirm this steeler, was the weather started to lighten up in the 4th. They were clicking at the end and that bit of a clearing really seemed to be a big help. :-?


The weather did lighten up at some point, and that may have helped Nebraska get it going through the air, but it isn't like it stopped raining for the entire fourth quarter. It stopped for about 20 minutes at some point before Nebraska started putting up points then started up again, not quite as hard but still raining. I don't think it would've mattered. The first long touchdown pass would've happened regardless of whether it was raining or not because of how wide open the receiver was, and the other two came on turnovers that gave Nebraska the ball in the red zone.

knapplc wrote:I think Nebraska didn't run the ball more for two reasons - 1) Our OC, Watson, is a moron, and would rather spread the field and throw than run against a stacked box. The two TE set worked just fine running out the clock in the 4th, but for some reason he refused to budge on his game plan. Obstinate idiot. 2) Helu had the flu earlier this week, and was noticeably slow. Even on that long run in the 4th quarter he didn't have the same burst. He's taken that to the house a couple of times this year, but he was just gassed.


Makes sense. Can't say I'm happy about Mizzou's play-calling in that game. They made absolutely zero adjustments when Nebraska started dropping into a 7-man zone on every play on that last fourth quarter drive. And Pinkel is an absolutely insane risk-taker. He went for two in the first half against Nevada, he went for the touchdown on that last play of the first half (as I said before, I don't care if it worked), and he went for it on 4th-and-6 down by 8 with 5 minutes left and 3 timeouts instead of kicking a field goal to make a touchdown the winning score.
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Re: Week 6 Games Talk

Postby BritSox » Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:33 pm

Arkansas opening up a massive can of whoopass on the ba.. I mean, Auburn.

Tenn up on UGA as well.
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Re: Week 6 Games Talk

Postby KCollins1304 » Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:04 pm

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Re: Week 6 Games Talk

Postby Metroid » Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:36 pm

The Ducks sure started out shaky against UCLA, shut out in the first half. Whatever Kelly fed them during halftime seems to have been very effective. The Ducks opened the second half with a 100 yard kickoff return by Barner, then Jackson picked off Prince for another TD, and finally after Prince fumbled the ball away to the Ducks, Costa hit Jeff Maehl for a 20 yard TD. 21-3 Ducks. B-)

Looks like this game will be one of those "tale of two halves" type games.
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Re: Week 6 Games Talk

Postby Nfl Fan » Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:40 pm

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