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In defense of a season-opening win

I have a few points to make that may counter the depression that has engulfed the ATVS page since we beat Washington.

 

No, it wasn't pretty. This game may have been played in the Twilight Zone. We won by 8 despite the fact that UW outgained us 478-321 yards. They ran 83 plays to our 48. They held the ball almost 14 more minutes than we did. Our longest possession was 4:31. We only had two possessions longer than 3:30. Why? We had 5 drives go 3 & out. One of those was killed by a fumble, another was killed by a sack on a second &1 play. The scoring drives were short because of one long pass play in each to pick up most of the yards. In a feast-or-famine offense, we either scored quickly or gave the ball back quickly. UW, on the other hand, had three third down conversion of greater than 10 yards (plus another that led to a 4th & 1 that was converted). The bottom line is, an accumulation of small things led to UW running ridiculously more plays than we did.

I don't like the defensive strategy of playing so soft. I think that directly led to UW's knack for third down conversions. Also, the coaches stepped in it by calling timeouts on UW's last drive of the first half. OK, calling a time out after a short gain on first down is excusable, but we stopped the clock again before a 3rd &1 with 40 seconds remaining. That was dumb, and it cost us 3 points.

Jefferson was actually, awesome at QB. Nine yards per attempt, no turnovers, one sack, and 3 TDs. Toliver had a drop, and so did Dickson (maybe two?), otherwise Jefferson's numbers would have looked even better. A few of his incomplete passes were good decisions to throw the ball away. Mistakes by Jefferson: zero. Only once did he seem unable to get the play started in time (maybe that pace led to our time possession problem).

Peterson was beyond awesome.

Yeah, there are a lot of things that need improvement. We simply can't have our defense to go 80 plays, and we've got to sustain drives longer. But, really, stop your whining about how bad this game was.

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