19.Sep.2015 San Jose State Post Game Thoughts
This game was close to the “ah ha” moment you’d expect from a growing offense. Things still aren’t tight, but they’re getting better, and you could see plays clicking better.
Nothing specifically stood out to me. The defense was bend but don’t break with some help from the awful QB play of San Jose, Collins was his usual self running like a deer and passing like…a beaver (?..even the TD was ugly). Woods ran for almost 9ypc, which should quiet those who wanted Chris Brown to start. Woods ran for 6+ ypc last year, so this isn’t a fluke. He’s slow and downhill, but he gets it done mostly. He’s not the most consistent guy, so have Brown ready for when Woods is off. Brown is a good prospect, but he needs to toughen up and work on his vision..goes down too easily, too.
Special teams was once again awful, with a fumbled punt and two missed FGs.
Paul Lucas was a no show again. Ryan Nall a no show. I continue to be disappointed with how that’s being handled.
Overall the game was a step in the right direction. It should get the anti-GA guys off the ledge for a week.
Stanford is a team that could injure and/or intercept Collins. While they aren’t exactly fast, they’re bigger than OSU and usually in the right place on D. I don’t think the Beavs can keep running the offense through Collins as they begin Pac play. 115 yards rushing and 135 yards passing…that isn’t going to happen versus good opponents, as we saw vs Michigan, so the passing game needs to step up. My biggest concern is the passing game. Beavs have playmakers at WR, but the QB is missing them too often (52% tonight, which is about 15% below where an efficient QB needs to be). The yards per completion are abysmal, too (5.4 per attempt).
Overall this game went about as I expected. It was a decent mid level opponent, which is exactly what the Beavs needed.