Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations.
Especially when you are facing having to stop a great 9-0 conference opponent on a 4th and 1 play with 58s left in the game.
The game we won, and that Pat Narduzzi coached, against a powerhouse of a team in #2 ranked Clemson last evening is one that will be felt nationally in the ripple effects that a Top 10 loss brings… and will be felt even more locally as it dispelled doubts that our head coach, Pat Narduzzi, could bring home a win from a large underdog status.
And how sweet was the way he – and his staff and players – did it? With cool determination from the HC to some wonderful playcalling by the OC Matt Canada we overcame issues on the field that would have sent other teams to the watery depths.
For that we can thank SR Nate Peterman and rsJR James Conner for their grace under pressure. Peterman had a career day with 20 of 37 for 308 yards and 5 TDs with no INTs. That my friends is a 167.6 QB rating for the game. Yes his passes weren’t long bullets but he was effective as hell.
So was his backfield mate Conner with 132 yards at a 6.6 ypc clip. Thank you to both of them!
BTW – Peterman is now #16 in the NCAA in Passing Efficiency with 152.5… last year he was 44th with 138.6.
Here are some stats more to enjoy…
From the POV Prediction Article:
“As I wrote earlier the only silver lining I see with the passing situation tomorrow is Watson’s 10 INTs to date. If we can get two or three INTs and/or fumbles and maybe a Pick-6 out of him then we may have a fighting chance to keep the game closer than Clemson would like going into the 4th quarter.”
Onto the next two games at home – we can beat both Duke and Syracuse regardless of how many yards they pass for… after all we just won a game where we gave up 580 in the air. 🙂