No Numberosity this week. We’ll return to that when the Herd returns to the field against UTSA. But we’ll start today with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, who fell 38-21 to Iowa State on Thursday. Tulsa split with the Cyclones last year, losing in the season opener, but winning the Liberty Bowl. At 1-3, bowl considerations aren’t the top item on Coach Bill Blankenship’s mind. Finding a quarterback is. Blankenship played both Cody Green and Dane Evans on Thursday. He’s still looking for answers.
I don’t think anything has changed at this point. We’ll look at the film. We’re at a point where we’re going to evaluate everything, I promise you. So, I mean, I don’t have to look any further than the mirror to know that we’re just not playing very well right now. So I’ve got to take a look at everything and be responsible for it.
The Hurricane play Rice next week in a game that be an early decider in the C-USA West Division race.
Middle Tennessee has presented itself quite well in its first C-USA season. The 3-1 Blue Raiders won their inaugural conference game in overtime over Florida Atlantic last week, and tonight they visit Provo, Utah, for a date with Brigham Young. The Cougars rush for more than 300 yards a game and, while those numbers are unique, MTSU Coach Rick Stockstill said the way BYU gets them isn’t.
There’s a lot of predetermined quarterback runs, there’s the zone read stuff, and there’s the power game with both the running backs and the quarterback. It’s nothing out of the unusual. Their quarterback is a very dynamic runner. Whenever there’s a quarterback as effective at running the ball as him, it adds another element to your offense.
What is unusual, he mentioned, is the maturity of many on the BYU roster, some of whom are in their mid-20s.
Looking through their roster, they’ve already got 50 guys that have already done their two-year mission.
It’s a team with a lot of players that are 24, 25 years old. We’re going to go against grown men in this
game. You can tell how physical they are. They’ve got guys in there who graduated from high school in
2006. This is a seasoned, veteran team that plays the game the way is supposed to be played.
East Carolina has it’s own tough test Saturday with a visit to North Carolina and a second straight attempt to score a win over an ACC team. The Pirates fell just short in their first chance, losing 15-10 against Virginia Tech. This game isn’t just another chance for ECU to score a blow against a major-conference school. It’s also a chance to show the fans in North Carolina that the Pirates can hang with their in-state rivals.
ECU Coach Ruffin McNeill said he wants this week’s postgame atmosphere versus an ACC foe to be much different than last game.
Wins are big. I just want to get on the field again for our players. The last game we played, that was a tough locker room to address. I’ve addressed a lot of locker rooms as a coordinator and a head coach, and its tough. These kids have invested a lot and I want to win for them first. All games are big to a coach. I understand the in-state rivalry. I’m looking forward to the competition, the contest and the challenge, but I’m looking forward to doing what we need to do to make sure we have success on Saturday.