The second half reviews will likely be very short. You can imagine why.
GT BALL, 1ST AND 10
This was a chop block that went uncalled and ended the game for Djemi Dumervil-Jean. The center is engaged with him when the right guard dives directly into the side of his knee. I don’t have a clue why the ref doesn’t throw the flag, as he’s staring right at all of this.
UOFL BALL, 2ND AND 5
Louisville was moving the ball pretty well on their first drive of the second half so it only makes sense that they would decide to give Javian Hawkins his second carry of the season. Hawkins, who is about 179 pounds, gets stripped and UofL has their second turnover of the game. If you’re going to put a guy in that is one of the fastest players on the team as well as one of the smallest, maybe run him outside?
GT BALL, 3RD AND 6
I don’t know if I’m allowed to complain about how the defense adjusted after complaining that they didn’t adjust but I’m going to do it any way. The most basic thing when you’re defending the option is balance on defense. You shouldn’t have more guys on one side of the ball than you do on the other. UofL ends up with more down linemen on one side here than they do on the other side and they have the only second level player on the down linemen side, also. I also have no clue why they’re running with two deep safeties after seeing two whole passes in the first half.
This play feels like a defensive coordinator throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks.
UOFL BALL, 3RD AND 4
This just can’t happen at this level of football. Nate Scheler gets beat terribly here by a guy who has only amassed 1.5 tackles for loss in his career coming into this game. He’s not a superstar defensive tackle like Ed Oliver or Marvin Wilson. He’s a run of the mill player that just dominates Scheler and kills this play before it even gets started.
I’ll get into the offensive line in a post this week, but it just doesn’t make any sense to me that they’re playing the guys they play with guys who have double digit starts are sitting on the bench.