First off, let me say that
BroncoCountry posters were asked prior to the game to list some specific areas that they would like to use for comparison in the game as to if the Broncos satisfied that wish list. Here are the factors they were looking for and how the Broncos compared in each area:
Upbronco was hoping for 140 rushing yards from Ian Johnson
(not even close),
Samandeddie was looking for the Bronco defense to play
solid, including hard hits. Their hits
were so hard that the
HannifinCigar was also looking for KM to throw for 200 and
two TD's—bingo. Hannifin was hoping for
a huge red zone pick and four sacks.
Cajunbronco was hoping the offensive line would provide good
Jojobro had quite a list of keys to the game:
- KM continues
his interception-free streak. No
more than 30 attempts and at least four 20 +-yard completions. There was the unfortunate tipped
interception, and even though
passed more than 30 times, I think jojo would agree that this turned out to be OK anyway. I don't have the total of 20-yard completions, but it had to be more than four. Moore
- Childs and Young to run crisp, efficient routes. Put another check mark for this one.
- Brockel to be lights out in picking up the blitz packages, with the o-line maintaining their assignments. Limit the Ducks to two or three sacks, and that'll be a fine accomplishment. Not only did Brockel pick up most of the blitzes, but he was a huge factor both running and receiving. I remember one Duck sack, a statistic Bronco fans have to be elated about.
- Mental toughness for the offensive line. No false starts. By and large, they accomplished this, although they had at least one false start that I remember.
- Winn to have a breakout performance, and Winterswyk, Williams and Root to cause some disruption when the Ducks to pass. Winn continues to make progress, but probably not the breakout day that jojo wanted. Williams was great, especially in crunch time.
- LB's play the game of their lives. Again, probably they came up short here although they toughened up when it counted.
love to see the Bronco corners get a couple of picks, but will be pleased
with tight coverage and sure tackling.
Two picks for
, but the coverage was far too loose late in the game. Tackling by and large was solid. Wilson
- Special teams—contain the Duck return teams. Let Brotzman punt. The coverage was less than stellar although at least they didn't allow a return for a touchdown.
TDThompson was looking for O-line domination. The Broncos are just not there yet.
Broncosoldier was hoping for offensive resurgence from the
Footballfreakyfan was looking for the offensive line to play well and dominate, Moore to play error free football and continue to show improvement (looking for three TD's), the defense to force more turnovers and get pressure on the quarterback and for Jeron Johnson to hit Jeremiah Johnson so hard that "all of Autzen says OHHH!!" and shuts up the entire stadium. Again, the offensive line played well, especially pass blocking but they have miles to go with their run blocks. Kellen did have the tipped pass and the bobbled snap so even he can improve from Saturday's performance. The defense got three turnovers and got well-timed pressure on the QB. Better pressure would have stemmed the tide so they didn't have to sweat it out so much, but not bad. Johnson's major hit came against Dixon and I think the sound emitting from most of the Ducks was one of "Boo!" rather than "OHHH!" but that's another topic!
Mccloudb too was looking for the line to come of age. The way to look at it is they are probably playing like their age. We all want it to be better than that, but it's going to take a few more games.
Dingee wanted "YAC"! or yards after the catch. Perretta's long touchdown helps that a lot!
OldBSUBlue wanted 1)execution by the lines on both sides of the ball, 2) a stronger running game (oops), 3) interceptions and forced fumbles, 4) stopping their running game and being able to handle a running QB and 5) special teams making big plays both sides of the ball. Both lines have plenty of room for improvement but the execution was generally there. OldBSUBlue gets a big check on #3!
It was a monumental win for
Again though, one of the biggest wins in school history speaks for itself. They might not have taken care of all the little things but they were able to execute enough of them to secure an impressive win over the Ducks in one of the toughest stadiums to come out of with a victory.