Big week and a big game coming up for the Panthers in Quaalude Valley. Lets take some time this evening and discuss it live with some other POV’ers. As a reminder we slid the start time back to 9:00pm to accommodate those who have kids, etc…
We have a ton of things to discuss and the most notable issue is obviously the YSU (debacle) game. Reading our previous comments on here I see a whole range of attitudes about our showing last Saturday and what we feel might happen this Saturday. Oh, BTW, who won the closest score for YSU?
Right – me! 28-21 Pitt, although I did think it would be four TDs in regulation play. And I’ll tell you why. Because all those positions with “?” question marks beside them in our previous article on here pretty much turned out to be valid. But this is what to expect with this young and/or inexperienced lineup.
Well, they are a week older and a week more experienced now aren’t they? But will that make a difference against the more talented PSU squad?
We’ll do our formal predictions thread on Friday again so put your thinking caps on. The Oddssharks.com site has PSU at just around a 20 point favorite, however, I just heard on the radio some other bookmakers had PSU at (-) 23. Sorry to say that to this Pitt fan that sounds not all that far-fetched.
Chris Peak of Rivals just posted up a great graphic showing a breakdown of the Pitt passing game against YSU. Some real interesting info – and some we already knew (best info source on Pitt football).
Such as: Weah was targeted four times and had one catch. But let’s go into more detail and see just what transpired.
Take a look at the ESPN’s Play-by-Play for Pitt’s 4th quarter offense and Browne’s passing attempts in crunch time to try to win this game in regulation play. I want to point out something here – it may look like I’m singling out Browne for the poor Pitt play overall here and that is not the case because he didn’t do that. It was a total team effort to almost blow this one… I think his work was not good regardless of the stats but there were so many other problems Saturday that he was but a small part.
But we fans put a lot of stock in Browne’s four years in college ball and I think were surprised to see this from him when we needed desperately scores. Keep in mind we blew the FG to win the game and that certainly wasn’t on Browne – as a matter of fact his 18 yarder to Ffrench set up that easy FG.
3rd and Goal at YSU 3
(12:35 – 4th) Max Browne sacked by Wesley Thompson for a loss of 7 yards to the YngSt 10
1st and 10 at PITT 30
(6:10 – 4th) Max Browne pass complete to Qadree Ollison for 2 yds to the Pitt 32
2nd and 3 at 50
(6:10 – 4th) Max Browne pass incomplete to Qadree Ollison
3rd and 3 at 50
(6:10 – 4th) Max Browne sacked by Justus Reed for a loss of 8 yards to the Pitt 42 Max Browne fumbled, recovered by YngSt Justus Reed , return for 0 yards
1st and 10 at PITT 37
(3:35 – 4th) Max Browne pass complete to Qadree Ollison for 1 yd to the Pitt 38
2nd and 9 at PITT 38
(3:35 – 4th) Max Browne pass complete to Maurice Ffrench for a loss of 5 yards to the Pitt 33
1st and 10 at PITT 48
(1:51 – 4th) Max Browne pass complete to Qadree Ollison for a loss of 5 yards to the Pitt 43
2nd and 15 at PITT 43
(1:51 – 4th) Max Browne pass incomplete to Maurice Ffrench (Chapman, Fazson), PENALTY YSU roughing passer (Reed, Justus) 15 yards to the YSU42, 1ST DOWN UP, NO PLAY.
1st and 10 at YSU 42
(1:51 – 4th) Max Browne pass incomplete to Maurice Ffrench
2nd and 10 at YSU 42
(1:51 – 4th) Max Browne pass complete to Quadree Henderson for 7 yds to the YngSt 35
3rd and 3 at YSU 35
(1:51 – 4th) Max Browne pass complete to Maurice Ffrench for 18 yds to the YngSt 17 for a 1ST down
1st and 10 at YSU 17
(1:51 – 4th) Max Browne run for a loss of 3 yards to the YngSt 20
Here are the crunched numbers on this quarter. Browne dropped back to pass 12 times in our last three series. He was sacked twice, lost a fumble once and had to scramble once. Overall he lost 18 yards on the ground.
Out of his nine passing attempts he gained 28 yards on six completions… but also lost 12 yards on three completions resulting in a net 16 yards passing in the last 15 minutes of play.
This is where simple stats do lie – we see he was 6 of 9 passing and think “Well, 6 of 9 – that’s not so bad” but when looked at more closely the truth comes out – it was pretty horrid.
Browne was obviously rusty and, I thought somewhat intimidated, in this game. He missed seeing wide open receivers, especially TE Clark, all day and locked onto his primary receiver… or panicked at pressure and checked down too quickly to the safety valve receivers.
Four of nine passes went to his RBs when we needed bigger chunks of yardage. In four 1st downs passes he threw to Ollison three times – that is either on him or as I suspect the staff was so nervous about an INT turnover at that point they wouldn’t let him go any real downfield too often. Either way it was playing scared football and that is when bad things happen (like a missed FG with no time left).
Let’s hope he and the HC and OC pull it together by Saturday or PSU’s front four DLs and their passing defense are going to have a field day.
Rivals.com does these “Lookalike” threads before the games using opponents’ players and coaches – these are great.
Notes: I have a bunch of blue POV shirts and am getting 30 more real soon. The printing company screwed up about 50% of my first order –
So let me know via email if you want one and your size – L, XL and 2XL only…free of cost of course.
The printers graciously re-did the full shirt order at no cost to me and I’ll get those soon and bring them pass them out at the OK State POV Tailgate. Be There!
I’ll also have some really nice white POV Hoodies I had made up and you can get one at the Tailgate also… maybe drop a dime or two in the offering plate for that one.
Also – I have three big car magnets left – the ones that go on the side of your car. I lost both of mine going 80 mph down 70W in the pouring rain – but I put the magnets over a wet door. Live and learn. So – send me emails with “Blue Shirt” in the subject line and then tell me your size. If you want a magnet same thing with “Car Magnet” as the subject.
Last thought – I think the NCAA should award a single point in an overtime win whether it is by an OT TD or FG. A TD from the 25 shouldn’t be given the same weight as a TD in regulation. So – the YSU score should have read 22-21 Pitt, which is much more indicative of the closeness of the match.
HTP !! Beat Penn State !!