Prior to the
Spudrunners wanted no turnovers, cohesiveness and a lack of mental mistakes. The two Young fumbles negated that wish, but by and large the cohesiveness was there with very few mental mistakes for an opening game. "I want to see our young guys, Baker, Tevis, and Thompson, make some plays to get some confidence," spudrunners said. Baker wasn't a huge factor, but Tevis and Thompson were outstanding.
Soupslam looked for "1) the offensive line to get a good push and establish a solid running game, 2) the d-line and LB's to stop the run game cold, 3) the d-line to get good solid pressure on the QB and 4) no injuries". The rushing yards eventually piled up, but the push was not there consistently. The defensive line did stop the Bengals cold at times, especially on the nice goal line stand, but again, not consistently. The pressure on Hill was good but could have been better. Unfortunately, there was the injury to Gingg and the minor dings to Martin. Both should be OK.
Forseyfan11 was looking at the special teams. "I want special teams to explode. With Avery, Martin, Perretta, Young, IJ,
there is just way too much football talent for our special teams to not be amazing
this year. I want a return for a TD, a
blocked kick, etc." There was the
blocked kick by Ian but also the Young fumble.
I also don't think Young and Perretta shot through the openings in the
Forseyfan also wanted Ian to enjoy a big start to his senior
season. IJ finished with 87 yards and a
short touchdown but against
BroncoFan78 just wanted to "
FirstdownBSU was looking for negative
OldBSUBlue was hoping for "a more open offense than what we
saw the first three games of last season."
With the no-huddle and
Statueleftbronco called for "Total DOMINATION on both sides of the ball and special teams." "Anything less," he said, "would e disappointing against a mediocre Big Sky team." I would term last night's performance as impressive, but not total domination. His point that it was against a mediocre Big Sky team is well taken. The critiques offered here and on the Blue Turf board point not in the direction of the outcome or the performance but rather to that performance against the caliber of opponent.
Erebus was hoping for "execution of assignments…plain and simple." That statement really breaks it down into the basic game play. Everything else takes care of itself. Overall, I think it was there. There weren't huge mental mistakes, and a minimum of penalties for the first game. The linebackers fell back into getting out of position at times and when they did that, the Bengals exploited it. The offensive line didn't get the push that we talked about earlier, but didn't make big mistakes either.
Footballfreakyfan was hoping for three turnovers and Kellen
to perform well but most of all "for
Broncopotamus, meanwhile, put his faith in "the mainline dancers". Bronco fans are never disappointed there!
In summary, the Broncos of this fall went a long way in satisfying the wishes of Bronco fans and answering questions of the summer. They did not get there 100% but after all, it's the first game. I hope to make this a weekly feature before each game so look for it on the Blue Turf board. I'll take your pre-game notes and publish the results following each game this fall.