West Virginia-Colorado: Oh, for the Days of Super Steve Slaton and Owen Schmitt
When you're gone, the pieces of my heart are missing you...
Oh, I feel that song right now guys. You can't replace good RBs like Steve Slaton and Owen Schmitt. I am writing this in loving memory of the days when WVU had Owen and Steve.
We could go for it on fourth down and not break a sweat; when one-point Pat could kick a 23-yard field goal without choking; when Pat White had never lost to an OOC team. Oh, I miss those days.
I will say though that I don't miss RROD. While I think we would have won that game with him, I still couldn't stand his play calling. But that's also why WVU lost last night.
Last night CU may have pulled the win out of their hat, but make no mistake—if the play calling would have been better, it's a 20-point game the other way. Here's why.
1. While WVU had problems against ECU with passing, it wasn't that we did pass—it was that we passed too much and not for enough yards. With that being said, last night we refused to pass. We were on their 50 and running screens and dives on second downs. It killed me to watch the play calling.
2. Defensive play calling—we continued to play that idiotic zone coverage that lost us the ECU game. We refuse to play man for no real reason. If we aren't playing it well in practice, that's one thing, but when you let a QB have two TDs in the first quarter off of zone, something needs to change.
3. Penalties and horrible calls—last night I may have seen the worst missed hold of my life. For those of you who have this recorded, I tell you: Go back and watch two plays here.
Tito Gonzalez was called for two low blocks last night. One of those would have been impossible or very, very unlikely. The second one, if you'll notice, Tito Gonzalez was hit. He fell backward standing up—not falling forwards or sideways, backwards. So either A) there was no call, or B) it was on someone else.
The worst, and I mean worst call I have ever seen was on the second fumble by Cody Hawkins, when CU recovered it.
If you'll notice Cody Hawkins fumbles it, and then a defensive lineman is getting blocked right over top of it. He's trying to fall down to scoop it up. Well the O-lineman pulls him up as he's falling multiple times so CU gets the ball and no holding call. THE WORST NO CALL I HAVE EVER SEEN!
In the end we lost, but had Stew done what he has said he will do, it would have been a blowout. You are 2-2 Stew and so far proving me wrong on your hire. If this keeps up I will not be wanting you back for a second term.
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