This was Murphy's worst game as an Eagle and it wasn't just the INTs. His decisions on the options weren't great either. There were some huge holes open if he had kept the ball early. The passes and some of the decisions were obviously really rough. His few runs were decent. We just needed more of them. Wade saw a full drive. The game was over so we cannot read too much into it, but the passes were decent.
Hilliman didn't look hurt and showed nice burst, but didn't have explosive plays. Willis and Outlow didn't get enough touches to break a big play or be big factors. Wofford had a huge day. He had big catches plus did a good job blocking.
The WRs and Tight Ends were decent. Alston made some big plays. Darmstatter made a huge play. Bordner blocked well. There weren't a whole series of terrible drops. Crimmins made some nice plays.
During the game it felt like the OLine was terrible. They actually looked somewhat better watching it back. Betancourt had the best game of the group. Gallik was okay, but didn't get enough push. Kramer got called for a critical hold and in general was pushed around. Vardaro was not great. Silberman struggled too and continues to have problems with speedy guys.
The offense had some nice new wrinkles -- like the passes to Wofford and Darmstatter. We also saw an effort to get Alston involved. And there was some aggressive pass plays. However, we didn't do enough of what works best. I pointed out Murphy's issues, but sometimes it is simple and falls on the OC to make him do certain things like keeping the ball on the zone read or using more power runs. Louisville is a good defense and Murphy struggled, but overall this was not a good day for Day. We needed more quick scores and didn't get it. We also could have used some long extended drives at points and also failed.
They didn't bring enough pressure but the DLine was BC's best unit again. Wujciak did a good job of moving the line and getting some penetration. Landry looked better. Mihalik made some plays. Moore lost contain a few times. Adebayo was fine. Kavalec wasn't as disruptive as he has been in other games. Gutapfel was okay.
Daniels made some plays, but had coverage issues like many of the others. Keyes was just okay and didn't make enough plays. Duggan played a little and looked slowed. Strizak was okay, but missed some tackles and got called for pass interference. Milano looked okay while getting more snaps. Strachan also made the most of his extra time (but did miss a tackle).
Simmons got picked on by Parker and the announcers, but I actually don't think he was terrible. I would have preferred to see Asprilla cover Parker a bit more, but Simmons just got beat by a really good playmaker. Asprilla had the best game of the DBs. Brown was active tackling but his coverage wasn't always tight. Moore was okay. Sylvia was fine, but we already knew about his coverage issues.
When online folks start pointing fingers at the coordinators, I tend to be a Don Brown critic and a Ryan Day apologist. This was not a good game for the Defense, but for the first time in a while, I don't think it was a scheme/play calling failure by Brown. I think this was a game where they targeted our weaknesses. Our back seven are not great in coverage and it showed. Guys were running free or often beating our guys in one-on-one matchups. Brown mixed things up a bit but zone or man really didn't matter. If Pitt was due to sloppy tackling and Colorado State was due to not mixing things up on passing downs. This was just getting beat.
The Special Teams issues were already noted, but the whole useless possession at the end of the half was a killer. Being aggressive is the right thing to do. Get one more score. And BC moved the ball a bit but wasted time and plays with penalties. That left them in a no man's land of leaving Louisville time. Addazio only helped by calling a timeout. And then there was the block. It was not a text book two-minute drive.
Aside from the mistakes and the issues late, the whole team seemed off from the start. It wasn't a good night for anyone. I am glad we have an extra week to prepare for FSU. Everybody needs it.