Eastern Washington has shown the last two weeks they are not afraid of the “Big Boys.” Its quarterback looks like he will get some looks from NFL teams. Our whole section applauded the Eagles off the field after the game.
First up, the offense
Cody Hawkins had a decent game, except the pick he threw at the 7:30 mark in the second to put the Eagles up, 21-7. He did complete 28-of-38 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns.
I'm not a fan of running out of the shotgun. Colorado is bigger than the Eagles and needed to show that by pushing the line. Sorry to all those that missed Darrell Scott’s huge run where he hurdled the Eagles player to pick up a first down.
Darrell Scott hurdle's an Eastern Washington defender.
Overall, the running game contributed only 90 yards on 33 carries. This, to me, is unacceptable considering the wealth at the running back position. At least one CU freshman runner got over a hundred yards rushing. Just too bad that it was the new mascot, Ralphie.
The receivers had a much better game, led by Scotty McKnight’s 90 yards on six receptions.
Defense not perfect
Eastern Washington’s quarterback, Matt Nichols, had an amazing day. I think we all saw that coming after last week's Texas Tech game considering the weakness in the secondary. Nichols completed 32-of-51 passes for 303 yards. His two interceptions at the end of the game sealed up the CU victory, but if he wasn’t their quarterback, the Eagles would have stood no chance.
The defense stepped up and took the running game out of the equation for the Eagles. So what they are a passing team right? Well it forced them to pass the ball at the end of the game and gave us the victory.
Now for the optimism
The Buffs really could have played a much better game. Josh Smith had another fumble on a punt return that gave EWU a short field. Hawkins gave them a free touchdown and the team kept committing penalties on EWU third downs that gave them extra shots.
The game was really a tale of two halves. The first half, with all the stupid mistakes, gave EWU a 21-7 point lead with the Buffs leaving the field to a chorus of boos. In the second half, the Buffs out scored EWU 24-3 with one of the loudest crowds I’ve heard at Folsom for a non-conference game.
Because of these things, I am still very optimistic looking forward to this season. As of right now, the Buffs are undefeated and still have lots to look forward to.
I can’t wait till next Thursday when West Virginia comes to town. Who knows what to expect in that game.