Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Portland State offense: good news, bad news

The Vikings of Portland State come to Fort Worth on Parent's Weekend undefeated after having trounced Southern Oregon (an NAIA school) 52-0 and edged out Big Sky Conference rival Northern Arizona 31-29. Over the course of those two games, the offense- mostly led by senior QB Connor Kavanaugh- has rolled up 1,024 total yards. But I can't decide what to think about the Frogs' match up against them.

Is it good news that the TCU secondary might catch a break this week, considering PSU throws the ball just 32% of the time? That figure may even be a little high, since 31 of their 46 pass attempts came in their rout of Southern Oregon. Either way, the Vikings are a running team- averaging 348 yards per game. I doubt they can overpower the Frogs on the line of scrimmage, which will take them out of their game plan fairly quickly- a hallmark of the dominant performances by GP's defenses through the years

Or is it bad news that, with pass-happy SMU and San Diego State looming in the following weeks, TCU will be facing a team that may not provide the much-needed trial by fire moments for a still-gelling crop of safeties and corners? I'd hate the TCU defense to get lulled to sleep stopping an FCS ground game only to revert back to allowing big plays through the air against the Mustangs and Aztecs (and Cougars, and Broncos...).

However you look at the match up against Portland State, I think it's important to appreciate each of the small steps that the TCU defense takes and focus on the positives. For instance, while the first quarter against ULM was bad (17 points and 129 pass yards), the rest of the game was actually fairly good (0 points and just 103 pass yards). The pass rush also found it's way a little bit, recording 5 sacks and led by Stansly Maponga's 1.5 (and third straight game with a forced fumble). If the younger guys on the defense can start defending by instinct a little more than the slightly delayed reactions displayed so far, we'll look back on these first three weeks and laugh at how some of us reacted.

10 comments:

Geezer Frog said...

To get a really good idea about the Portland State Vi-Queens, you should go to their school website - pdx.edu. It's quite impressive.

EdK said...

I just hope Tanner Brock is healthy enough to play. Cain and Gardner have been ok, but the defense has sorely missed a hole plugger all season -- that's Brock.

purpleheart said...

Geezer Frog- thank you for the best laugh thus far today. Truly, that website is worth a visit.

LA Frog said...

U Belong at PSU...if your white. Oregon is 84% white, 11% hispanic, 4% asian and >1% african american

Zachary said...

hahahahaha nice site. Yeah i dont see portland state putting up more than 7

Geezer Frog said...

PSU has an awesome website, but it does bring up a question Nurse Frog might be able to fill us in on as far as the potential of HIV infection in this game.........

EdK said...

I have a question: If you were making a video about your football program, would you shoot footage of an nearly-totally-completely empty stadium?

Geezer Frog said...

You wouldn't if you could publish some great things like PS. Check this out.........

Smitty S. Buckler

How did you end up at PSU?

I was looking at going back to school, and many of my friends recommended PSU. Then I was hired for the Trans Resource Coordinator position on campus, which pushed me forward to becoming a student. I was also at a point where I had a good idea that I really wanted to go into medicine.
What’s your favorite spot on campus and why?

The Queer Resource Center, of course! I love how welcoming it is to everyone whatever they identify as.
How are you involved in campus life outside of your classes?

Besides working with the QRC, I try to go to other student group’s events as well. I work often with the Women’s Resource Center on many events and programs like the Sexual Assault Task Force.
Can you briefly describe your experience with diversity on campus?

I am pretty immersed in the diversity on campus. I work closely with the Queer Student of Color Coordinator at the QRC and liaison with other groups on campus.
How do you fit into the tapestry of students/faculty here?

Last year I opened up the title of Trans Resource Coordinator to include Access so it includes disability and deaf access as well as any other access problems that queer folks have. This year, I’m the Publicity and Admin Coordinator, which has me working more with the guts of the organization. So I guess I’m more like the mat portion that the tapestry is woven into.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0Zx1AbuXgE&feature=player_embedded#!

EdK said...

Geezer pump the brakes on the gay-bashing, huh.

NurseFrog31 said...

That is quite the website... huh. But yeah, don't bring me into this discussion.