However, compared to last week's poor performance against Arizona State the squad played tough and nipped at the heels of the Wildcats for three quarters until ultimately losing in the Little Apple 34 to 14.
Courtesy of some flying time between Kansas City and San Jose, I bring you my thoughts surrounding yesterday's game:
1) Despite having two of our experienced offensive linemen (Paysinger and Booker) out for the game our O-line pass blocked very well the entire game. Our QB's (all four of them) had sufficient time to throw most of the game. However, for the second game in a row our run blocking was not up to snuff as we were not able to create any running holes for our rb's. Even when we tried to run outside Kansas State's linebackers were simply too fast to make anything happen with sweeps outside of the tackles.
2) WR Kevin Jurovich showed that he will be a force to be reconned with down the field as well on some end-around runs. As the infamous CajunSpartan and I mutually noted in our discussion of the game last night Jurovich reminds us of former Spartan Casey LeBlanc - a hustling and versatile WR who will find a way to move the team down the field with good speed, crisp routes and good hands.
3) With recent injuries at the tailback, O-line and QB positions our receivers need to pick up the slack the next few games. As such, Beauchman, Richmond, Flynn, Hooper and the rest of the WR's need to simply take it to their highest potential and find a way to get open to provide some reliable alternatives to Jurovich.
4) Continuing on the theme of receiving options I will continue to state that I would like to see more passes to our Tight Ends. Why isn't Jeff Clark out there on the field?
5) While I am a big fan of Eden's scrambling abilities and passing touch I would have liked to see Sean Flynn on the field to start the second half of the game. Flynn is dangerous (to the opposition) both in the pocket and escpecially rolling out gunning targets ten to forty yards downfield. With the little time he had on the field yesterday we saw what he is capable of doing. Whenever Adam cannot be on the field I want Flynn there on the next offensive play - with Eden and LaSecla as top-tier QB's always available in the wings.
6) Regardless of who is at QB the delay of game penalties and wasted time-outs due to not getting the play off in time late in the third quarter and fourth quarter was not acceptable. That should be a one-game issue/problem.
Keys to next week's game at Stanford:
1) Get healthy.
2) The wide-outs must step it up.
3) Utilize the TE more in our offense.
Prediction for next week's game - SJS 28, Stanford 17.