I’m glad we won the game. But there was no way that game should have gone two overtimes. Up 17-7 our corner jumps the rout, picks off a pass…and falls down! NOBODY in front of him…and he falls down. Can we blame that on coaching? Because I think we should. We end up with zero points off the turnover, next thing you know So Miss runs it right down our throats and it’s a 3 point game. From then on it was a struggle. If we get that pick six it may have broken their backs. (More like probably). Little things like that are often the difference between winning and losing. How many times did we give up first downs in the fourth quarter and overtime on 3rd and 10 or longer? And we had guys running around WIDE OPEN! On obvious passing downs. If we are going to let the quarterback stand there all day, then could we at least cover the receivers?
But the offense looked fantastic in the overtime period, which is a bit surprising after that awful second half. They really stepped it up when we needed it. O-line was opening up some huge holes. It’s tough too when you come out down 7 and you have to score not once, but twice. Was this our first overtime win? Because I can’t think of another one. I remember Culpepper tripping on the center’s foot at Ole Miss when he could have walked into the end zone for a win. I remember Prater missing an extra point in our first ever bowl game in overtime. I remember losing to USF in overtime the last time we played them. This is the first one I can remember us winning. So that’s a good thing.
But, this team we played is now 0-6. They were 17 point underdogs in this game. And they damn near came into our house and beat us. I hope the Big East doesn’t invite them anytime soon, because O’Leary is now 2-6 against them. At least he learned his lesson about going for two. I was sure glad to see the kicker come out in the first OT to tie the game. FYI, for all you who thought going for two made sense last year, this is why it did not.