Really Buffaloes? Really? Eastern Washington? After Montana State two years ago?
Okay now that I got that out of my system. The game wasn’t really as bad as the score shows. Don’t get me wrong I was looking for a good place to jump off the stadium at half time. But looking back on the game after a day I’ve realized that it was actually a pretty good game.
Eastern Washington has shown the last two weeks they are not afraid of the “Big Boys.” Their QB looks like he will get some looks from NFL teams. Our whole section applauded the Eagles off the field after the game.
First up the offense:
Cody Hawkins had a decent game. Expect the pick six he threw at the 7:30 mark in the second to put the Eagles up 21-7. He did complete 28 of his 38 passes for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Running game. I am not a fan of running out of the shotgun. We are bigger than the Eagles and needed to show that by pushing the line. Sorry to all those that missed Darrell Scott’s huge run where he hurdled the Eagles player to pick up a first down.
Overall the running game contributed only 90 yards on 33 carries. This to me is unacceptable considering our wealth at the running back position. At least one CU freshman runner got over a hundred yards rushing. Just too bad that it was our new mascot Ralphie.
The receivers had a much better game led by Scotty McKnight’s 90 yards on 6 receptions.
Eastern Washington’s QB, Matt Nichols, had an amazing day. I think we all saw that coming after last weeks Texas Tech game and considering we are weak when it comes to our DBs. He completed 32 of his 51 passes for 303 yards. His two interceptions at the end of the game sealed up the CU victory but if he wasn’t their QB the Eagles would have stood no chance.
Now for the optimism. The Buffs really could have played a much better game. Josh Smith had another fumble on a punt return that game EWU a short field. Cody gave them a free touchdown and the team kept committing penalties on EWU third downs that gave them extra shots.
The game was really a tale of two halves. The first half with all the stupid mistakes gave EWU a 21-7 point lead with the Buffs leaving the field to a chorus of boos. The second half the Buffs out scored EWU 24 to 3 with one of the loudest crowds I’ve heard at Folsom for a non-conference game.
The defense stepped up and took the running game out of the equation for the Eagles. So what they are a passing team right? Well it forced them to pass the ball at the end of the game and gave us the victory.
Because of these things I am still very optimistic looking forward to this season. As of right now we are undefeated and still have lots to look forward to. I can’t wait till next Thursday when West Virginia comes to town. Who knows what to expect in that game.