Messingham called a GREAT game today IMO. Had we had a WR and RB capable of catching a pass in the first half, we would have put up at least another 6-10 points. The defense was really good overall. It was frustrating to see us give up so much on the slant routes to them. All we have to do in that situation is line up J Mac on an inside shade to give him a half step on the position. If we cut off those few slant routes, ISU wouldn't have done anything offensively. But other than those two issues (dropped passes and cutting off inside slant routes), this was a very well played game. Tough to throw in that wind. the INT on Skylar was definitely a casualty of the wind. Purdy should have been picked when he threw it straight to Patton and hit him in the hands. Just not a game geared toward throwing passes beyond about 10 yards.
Very perplexing that Campbell didn't use his timeouts on our last possession in which we kicked the FG. We just bled the clock down and milked 2 minutes off of it just running the ball into the back of our OL. That was really poor clock management on his part. You use your timeouts when on defense because you can control what you do when you have the ball on offense. Just really bad game management by him. Regardless, with the weather and KSU being up 2 scores, it was going to be a tall order to tie the game up.
ISU and KSU are very evenly matched athletically right now. They have better TEs (FAR better than ours), but our WRs are more athletic. And every time Hall ran the ball, I got pissed at the previous coaching staff for doing a crappy recruiting job. Hall is stud. Speaking of STUDs, how about Jacardia Wright? He's a stud in the making. He just needs more reps to get a little better about letting holes develop and following his blockers. He's a bigger body guy that also has speed (extra gear). He will be a stud for us for the next 4 years.
Lots of positives to take away from this game. The biggest hands down was getting the 8th win on the season and restoring order of beating Iowa State.
All in all, a fantastic season IMO (all things considered). 9 points shy of being 10-2 on the season