The second game is less of a crap shoot, and RU was moving at half speed compared to their opponent in the first quarter … again. After that they just wore down the FCS opponent.
We will finish our report card reviews with coaching. Overall a D+. Lucky to avoid ESPN CFB nation biggest faceplant in the B1G … again.
Chris Ash: B+. His intensity was partially responsible for the team waking up as he got in many players faces on the sideline after the initial deficit. His persona, the team’s will, and intense off season workouts seemed to pay off.
Drew Mehringer: B+. You don’t blame the coach when you are down 14-0 and the lone offensive play was a pick thrown behind a receiver that ricocheted. His unit grinded it out and though more points would have been nice in the first half his game plan did work. Making Laviano a game manager was unfortunate because it would have been nice to try to get him going early in the season, but you play to win the game which he did. He also played Gio and Oden to get their feet wet even though all they did was run the ball or hand it off.
Jay Niemann: B+, They did not allow a point after midway through the first quarter. The second TD came after a one play break on the sidelines where he did not even have time to coach up his unit. I also never get upset when a team allows a TD on the opening drive because no matter who you play, their offense has been practicing for that drive all week. Tackling took a step back from a week prior, but the saltiness, desire, and toughness at Niemann’s previous stops showed up today.
Vince Okruch: B+, clearly the special teams units were not ready to go in the first game but they were today. It’s not the coaches fault when it’s his first season and the team doesn’t have personnel to touchback kickoffs or make 41 yard field goals.