I will admit that I did it primarily for gopokes.com and for some of you that had so many questions coming out of the game. What I saw was nothing systemic. It was a lot of little errors, a miscommunication and a defender left loose, an overthrow by Mason Rudolph, a dropped pass by a receiver, a one-on-one matchup with a defender that you look for and the defender made a one-on-one tackle.
You've heard my explanations. How about offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. It sounded like he saw the same video that I did. He's also looking for an elimination of errors.
"Well, it's about rhythm and we have to stay on the field longer," Yurcich said when asked about the first half and production early on offense. "We didn't do a good job of converting third downs into first downs, as compared to the second half. It was a missed throw here or bad ball there, but whatever the case may be it was good to see our guys comeback in the second half and finish strong."
It was good to see adjustments at halftime and there were adjustments as head coach Mike Gundy said there were more vertical targets in the second half. That stretched the CMU defense and opened up some of the short passing game and even the running game.
Speaking of the run game, Yurcich was asked about junior college transfer running back Chris Carson. He felt that Carson ran well and hard throughout the game. As for the Cowboys rushing offense as a whole?
"I think our guys up front did a really good job of being on their assignments. We were on the people that we needed to be on," Yurcich said and for the most part they were. "I think we ran strong, tough and physical. In the second half, we opened it up a little more and got some space."
I've always been a big believer that you do improve the most, generally, from week one to week two during the season. Yurcich doesn't totally disagree because he believes, and as a coach probably should, that the offense can get better every week.
"I think what's really important is to get better as the year progresses, and keep on getting better," Yurcich stated. "That's what the practices are for. The goal is to be constantly improving and working on it with good effort and good fundamentals. Over time, you should get better."
Yurcich finished by saying he wanted his offense playing it's best football in November. If business is taking care of in September and October in games like those at West Virginia and at Texas Tech then November's offense will be very relevant.