Wednesday, January 04, 2006

College Football National Championship Game

Let me start out by saying that I couldn't care less about college football. I've watched one other college game, and that was the Michigan bowl game, and I only watched that because a friend came over and watched it on my TV. That beings said I did watch tonight big game USC vs. Texas.

In the first half I think we saw what teh Lions would get if they drafted Matt Leinart. Nothing spectacular, his passes looked like they were wounded ducks. In the second half we saw what Leinart would like if he was drafted by any other franchise. crisp passes, 14-16 with a TD.

(If you missed the game, and taped it in hopes of watching it later, stop reading)

USC was up by 12 with about 6:30 minutes to go in the game. The commentators said the game was over because USC coach was a defensive genius. How wrong they were. Texas blew through teh D without breaking a sweat I believe, and scored a TD. USC gets teh ball back with a few minutes to go. Leinart, who as I mentioned was having a great second half moves the ball down the field, until he reverts into Joey Harrington and throws a screen pass short, setting up 4th and about a yard and a half at his own 40.

Twice in this game USC went for it on 4th down, the first time they didn't get it (Leinart sneak) and the second time they gave to LenDale White, who blew through the middle and scored a TD.

USC decided to go for it this time, which I thought right away was a dumb call. Texas has just over 2 minutes, if you punt teh ball, they will have to go the length of teh field. But the 'genius coach" Carrol didn't listen to me, and he went for it. I understand why he went for it. if they get teh first down teh game is over.

His play calling though was horrible. In the USC backfield you have two Heisman trophy winners (Leinart and Reggie Bush) you have to let them win teh game for you. Instead Bush was on the sideline and Leinart handed the ball of to LenDale Wit who went nowhere. Texas takes teh ball, moves down the field and scored the winning TD with 19 seconds to go.

How can you not have Reggie Bush in the game at this moment. He is spectacular because nobody can bring him down. If you want to say he has Barry Sanders problems, and can't be trusted in short yardage because he likes to dance around instead of going straight, utilize him in a different manner, even as a decoy.

Everybody in the stadium had to know who was getting the ball, they were lined up in a bunch formation, so Texas could crowd the Line of scrimmage. I would suggest have both backs in the game and have Leinart toss a screen to Bush and odds are he will gain you the yardage needed to secure a win.

I still think he should have just punted, and taught his guys how to tackle


At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this game was blown by Peter Carrol, Matt and Bush.

What was Bush thinking trying to latteral a ball? That he is not a professional!

What was Matt thinking trying to sneek a yard? He blew that thing!

And Carrol!

man what was his thinking at trying to hit make the first down! leaving 2 mins and the winning touchdown

not to mention the USC defensive co ordinators not once trying to cover Young!

SC blew it all and they are to blame.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Air Time said...

I liked the call to go for it at the end.

At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i refuse to follow a sport in which pete carrol, who led the patriots for 4 years of sucking, is a "genius". i mean, cmon! if pete carrol can coach a team to the title game, ANYONE can

At 11:30 AM, Blogger Just Shu said...

Marc you should read the Sports Guys Diary good stuff


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