Tell us if you’ve heard this before.
A much-vaunted team comes out kinda flat in the first half of a game it should – on paper – dominate. It barely leads at the half. During the break it eats some spinach or something, and comes out ready to Rock! Out! And does!
The Good. Brian Quick
Six catches. Three scores. 132 yards. A long of 41. 22-yard average a snag. Even more impressive? DP threw his way unsuccessfully just four times, which translates to a 13.2 yard average just for looking his way. Watching him in action, seeing him elongate in stride, … he’s simply Fantastic.
The Bad. The App State D-line
The guys were indeed bad. JU gained just 76 yards rushing, with a sad 3-yard per carry average. No Dolphin kicked for more than 20 yards, and only twice did one go for more than 10. Bobby Bozzo also scored the Apps’ sole sack, good for 11 yards, and there were three other tackles for loss (D.J. Smith, Justin Wray and Jeremy Kimbrough). Not a bad day’s work.
The Ugly. Fumbles
App State dropped the ball six(!) times Saturday, thankfully losing just two. DP, Jamal Jackson, Cedric Baker, First Down and Mr. Fantastic each had a moment of “what the Fahrvergnügen” during the game. Jacksonville? Zero.
- DP went for 285 in the air and 101 on the ground. (That’s 386 yards of offense for those of you in Cullowhee). Four of his 20 completions landed in endzone, and he averaged 6.3 yards a rush. And that’s after sitting the final 10 minutes of the game. /tingles up the leg
- For the game App State gained 620 yards; 292 on the ground. App had five more minutes of possession than JU, but ran 31 more plays (88 to 57) and averaged 7 yards a snap.
- The App State secondary looked better. Jacksonville gained 181 through the air, but completed only 14 of 32 attempts (44%). Of those completions, just three went for more than 20 yards (for a combined 92 yards, near half the production). Plus LeGreedy got his first INT of the season.
- Ten .. repeat, 10(!) .. Apps caught passes, and all but two caught one good for plus-10 yards. Quick was tops with 6 catches, followed by three for First Down and two each for five others.
- The announced crowd was 28,708, but it didn’t look quite that big. Rain was near constant until kickoff then .. BAM! .. great football weather. And props to the new stadium PA announcer. When not drowned out by the new fancy boombox, he sounded good.