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It's our timeInteresting – “Mountaineers don’t plan to beat themselves. Their 48 penalties are the fewest among the playoff teams. At less than 4.4 per game, they rank sixth in FCS. Opponents struggle to pass against Maine. Buoyed by both a strong pass rush and secondary, they lead the CAA in passing D (190 ypg) and are second in pass defense efficiency (112.3) and INTs (17).” Maine gave up just one 300-yard passing game (301 vs. Richmond) and just two plus-200-yard rushing games.

19 Comments

  1. KO

    November 23, 2011 at 6:00 am

    They never saw Quick before!

  2. JMcCray

    November 23, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Quick is taken out with a strong pass rush, we've seen it over and over and over…ad nauseum. We have to get Jordan involved alot more as well as some seam routes to both Cadet and Miller. Quick releases, use Jamal's height to our advantage.

  3. App03

    November 23, 2011 at 6:30 am

    That's an interesting stat. Against Elon, one offsides cost us 4 pts (Elon got TD instead of field goal). And a false start cost us another 3 pts at the end of the half. So, I guess it isn't always how many penalties you have, been when you have them.

  4. ASU Lacrosse 18

    November 23, 2011 at 6:43 am

    I went back and watched that field goal they called a false start on since I didn't see anyone move live. Absolutely no one moved, we got ripped off.

  5. Ry_ATO

    November 23, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Wasnt the false start on the field goal a snap infraction so no one moved it was the long snapper probably moved the ball.

  6. Forth

    November 23, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Since we can't run the ball straight up, lots of draws and screens, as well as that play action to Jorden

  7. LetsGoApp

    November 23, 2011 at 6:54 am

    It was a snap infraction, if you can call it that. They never call that, they were basically looking for an excuse to throw the flag. After watching film on tuesday, coach moore himself even said that should not have been a penalty

  8. KO

    November 23, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Agreed on getting the ball to Jordan more. Bettis was crucial in 2005. I think that is one of the reasons we have trouble on third down. More throws over the middle period. We throw outside too much. Quick could catch every slant for 7 yards. We did that once on a TD saturday.

    I long snapped for 9 years through high school and don't see how you could do it with out moving the ball a little bit. You have to throw a spiral pass through your legs either 7 or 15 yards! Jeez!

  9. ASU Lacrosse 18

    November 23, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Snap infraction makes more sense, but I didn't see that on the replay either, maybe it was just the poor angle they gave since they didnt give a shot of looking straight down the line of scrimmage.

  10. biggie

    November 23, 2011 at 7:21 am

    Assuming Baker-Boney back, then more run up the middle for this game, hopefully with some success. And hope that opens up the outside.

    Also probably a good day for JJ to look to run if no one is open. Pass rushers probably going deep on his outside should open lanes.

  11. Gwaltineer

    November 23, 2011 at 7:31 am

    We can assume a blitz from here on out. Our lack of pass protection is no secret. That is why we are doing a lot more bubbling and tunnel screens. Our WR know how to block for each other.

  12. The rock

    November 23, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Deandre scorched W. Illinois last year in the first round. Wouldn't mind seeing him get a few series at qb and leave some black bears in his wake. Jamal can scramble, but doesn't have the jets deandre does. Might throw off the defense some too. Bottom line, we need some mixed play calling to beat the blitzes and keep their defense honest. Maybe reverses, end arounds, WR screens etc.

  13. biggie

    November 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Would like to see us try to use DP at WR more. Especially his speed. He should be able to run by any 1-1 coverage, more so since this Maine team seems to have a lot of larger S/CB that should be a touch slower than avg.

  14. StuckinLodi

    November 23, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Baker-Boney told me after Leon game that he will play in next game. I may be wrong, but I really believe the Socon was a much stronger conference (except for the 'Whee) this year than the CAA. Playoffs may tell the tale.

  15. ASU in the QC

    November 23, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Having Baker-Boney back will be a huge plus for us. Giving Cadet a breather never hurts. Being able to rotate those two in and out will keep fresh legs. Baker-Boney as the tough yardage back that we've been missing and Cadet as the X factor. I loved seeing him split out as a receiver the last couple weeks. The more looks to give Maine the more chances for big plays.

  16. WFHSgolfer

    November 23, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I want to see a couple of trick plays with Deandre at WR. We could be very creative with these athletes we have on our team!

  17. Run DMC

    November 23, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    These are the all CAA players they have. Their QB is the reason they are where they are. They play well on the road and had a good opening game with Pitt. We need a well called game for JJ to get on track early and build some confidence. We can do this!

    The chosen Maine players:

    First team: Maurice McDonald, WR (McDonald is out for the year with a broken foot suffered in the ninth game); Chris Howley, G; Trevor Coston, punt returner (Coston was also a second-team safety); and Jerron McMillian, S.

    Second team: Warren Smith, QB; Justin Perillo, TE; Spearin; Michael Cole, DL; Vinson Givans, LB; Coston.

    Third team: Pushaun Brown, RB; Charles; Kendall James, CB.

  18. sideline

    November 24, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Again the game will be all about the O line. Game plan will not matter if we don't get good O line play

  19. carbine

    November 24, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Maine's pass defense will be a big problem for us. Jackson is just not that good a quarterback, even when he does have time to throw, and our line has not fared well against teams with formidible pass rushes. If we can't run the ball at least reasonably well, we could be in for a very frustrating afternoon.

    I hope the defense comes to play. We may need them to pull our chestnuts out of the fire.

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