One thing this series reminded me of is how bad TOB's first defenses were. In this game BC got pounded early en route to a 35-17 loss to Miami. This lousy defense also hurt Jags. While he did a good job of moving the ball and putting up points throughout his short tenure at BC, if you're always playing from behind, it certainly starts to effect your calls and strategy. Here are the stats from the losing effort against Miami.
First downs 18
Return Yards 27
Time of Possession 30:47
What can we learn from the game? Sometimes there is nothing a coordinator can do. Look at those stats. While not explosive, they are certainly balanced, low on penalties, good time of possession, high completion percentage and no turnovers. Yet nothing to show for it...because our defense was unable to even slow the Canes.
This frustration of watching one unit get trampled repeatedly is one reason why I've come around to Spaz staying on this year. We know what we're getting. If we struggle this year I don't think it will be because our defense doesn't show up. They may have an off game or two, but they will not ruin good offensive effort after good offensive effort like we saw a few times in 1998.