“Can I look now?” Barely winning the no win
“…Tom O’Brien’s moral objection to games with anything but a score of around 24-17 should keep things close.”
-- Orson Swindle, Every Day Should Be Saturday
Wow. I’ve said it before and I will say it again -- being a BC fan is taking years off of my life. Actuaries should rerun their lifespan tables anytime someone lists BC as his favorite team.
The first half was a clinic. The fourth quarter an equal disaster. At first glance I don’t really fault the play calling. Boise St. is dangerous, so continuing to go for the knock-out punch via the passing game made some sense. The real reason this game was close was horrible special teams and some stupid penalties. Both have been common occurrences over the last five years. I am not calling for Petercuskie’s head. He is a good guy and a good recruiter, but I think our special teams finally need to be addressed this offseason. That may call for a coaching switch or just a change in how we approach special teams. The current system is not working. Our field position was horrible throughout the half and the 90-yard punt return was embarrassing.
After all the other bowl wins I felt a mix of excitement, completion and optimism. After this game I am just relieved that we avoided the ultimate embarrassment.
I’ll rewatch the game Thursday night and give my grades and second viewing thoughts. I’ll also give my end of the year reviews over the next few days.
Now I am off to see a cardiologist.