the 56-0 route of the Troy Trojans even a Trojan defensive player had to remark
"What they did worked. We tried to adjust to it, but we couldn't get a handle on it. They switched around and we wouldn't even get the calls in from the sideline before they even snapped the ball. That really hurt us."
Of course, this wasn't USC, and
In the fourth quarter
This was a good team in
So, what happened to the tune of giving up 14 points every quarter of the game, a game in which they didn't stick to their season-long M.O. of staying with teams for three quarters before finally folding in the end. Head coach Bill Callahan saw it more as his team's focus going into this game than anything he did from a game planning standpoint. "Our team was extremely focused – you could feel them in the locker room," Coach Callahan said.
"They were tuned in. They were dialed into this game. It was important to them and they wanted to come out and perform well."
Dialed in could be an understatement as the offense could do little wrong as the only real hiccup was an interception thrown by senior quarterback Zac Taylor – a hail mary pass of sorts thrown at the end of the second quarter, Nebraska holding at that time a 28-0 lead.
On the day
Hello running game
When your starting running back is averaging over 10 yards per carry, which Marlon Lucky was, on his way to a 156 yard and three touchdown performance, it's going to be hard not to have passing lanes and receivers there for opportunities. It was remarked in the press box at one point wasn't about Taylor not having the options, but simply having too many wide open options down the field.
As it is,
Just the sheer volume and balance
|Marlon Lucky had record day, rushing
156 yards, scoring three times
Up to this game
Three separate times we heard the
announcer say after a Lucky run that was the longest allowed by
It was efficiency for a team who
seemingly had little against USC the week before, but it was more than enough to
impress someone given the unfortunate task of stopping this unit, which was to
him, clicking on all cylinders. "They were probably the best offense we've seen
this year. They are a lot better than
In a route such as this, what got
lost was the fact that
Whereas many teams try to roll a
variety of players in at the position,
"Lance wants his playing time and
he deserves his playing time," Defensive Coordinator Kevin Cosgrove said of
junior linebacker Lance Brandenburgh, who played all three linebacker positions
Brandenburgh was one of many
highlights on defense, but while the statistics might not bear it out, senior
defensive end Adam Carriker was a force
When Carriker was in one-on-one blocking against the senior DE, Carriker got up the field almost consistently. It was at certain points of the game Troy players were grabbing Carriker's facemask, holding him and consequently drawing a number of flags, because they couldn't slow him down. For Carriker, he just remarked about how this game, unlike every game prior to that this season, was a chance he and his cohorts across the line finally got a chance to show what they could do, and for him personally, he felt he needed to make amends.
|Sophomore defensive end Barry Turner
one of the most vicious hits on the day,
colliding helmet-to-helmet with Troy QB
"Last week (against USC) I don't
think I played very well, so I was a man on a mission tonight to kind of redeem
myself," he said. As a team he said they played solidly as well, but the most
refreshing part was that they actually got to pin their ears back and do what
they do. "We haven't had a whole lot of chances to show what we could do this
"It was a lot of fun. I had a lot of fun tonight. Just getting after the quarterback, that's what I love to do."
For the game the team notched four sacks, which tops their total for the entire season up to this point. That puts them with seven on the year, which ranks them amongst the best in the nation thus far.
All in all, it was one of those total team efforts, but unlike games against Louisiana Tech and Nicholls State, Troy was a team who obviously had talent, had already played two solid teams on the road, and couldn't even 150 yards in total offense.
That draws an interesting
parallel to last year as
This team is almost notorious at
this point when it comes to not looking too far ahead, but just the fact that
this is the beginning of conference play has all excited about the goals they
had set before the season even began. "It's not a revenge thing or anything like
that – It's just another Big 12 opponent," Carriker said of
"These are the games that really matter now. These are the wins and losses that get you into the Big 12 title game."
After all, this is the Big 12 North, a division which has taken a lot of heat and criticism and deservedly so.
It's almost déjà vu that
The head coach can't look at
things like that, nor should he. He also won't make any predictions. But after a
loss to USC, followed by an absolute crushing of
Sophomore running back Cody Glenn did not participate due to a hamstring
Sophomore Clayton Sievers did not participate due to a hamstring injury
Both are expected back next week