Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Step Away from the Ledge

Well, for the first time in nearly 22 months, the Horned Frogs have dropped a regular-season game. It's definitely painful that it came at the hands of a former conference rival that sits just 90 or so miles from our own campus, but judging from the reaction of some Frog fans exiting Floyd Casey Stadium you'd think that we'll never experience victory again. What we should all do is congratulate Baylor on a game well played and move on.

I hope you don't think that I'm ignoring the obvious problems that our team displayed the other night. You can't just give up 50 points and 414 yards through the air and pretend that everything is right on track defensively- especially when you've still got aerial assault artists like Boise's Kellen Moore, San Diego State's Ryan Lindley, BYU's Jake Heaps and SMU's Kyle Padron (or is it JJ McDermott?) left on the schedule...and don't sleep on CSU's Pete Thomas. Patterson definitely has his work cut out for him to get his corners and young safeties ready for the rest of the season.

The good news, though, is the fight this team showed on Friday night. A majority of teams across the nation would give up if they were down 24 points without a hint of momentum headed into the 4th quarter. But this team, filled to the brim with freshmen and sophomores, pulled themselves together and darn-near pulled off what would've been one of the greatest comeback wins in college football history. Playing the largest roles in that comeback were an unproven QB who we now have a lot more confidence in and a shaky offensive line that kept that QB's jersey clean the entire night.

It will be interesting to see how this team deals with disappointing early season setback. Will they rally to win a conference championship the way they did in 2002 and 2005? Will they let the loss compound itself and enter a death-spiral like in 2004? I'm not sure it'll be either of those extremes, but there is still a lot of football to be played...starting with another tough road test against Air Force this weekend.

15 comments:

BuckNasty said...

It could be worse. Look at Auburn. Can't get down on a team like this. Yeah, it sucks to lose and the only team on the schedule I didn't want to lose to was Baylor, but fuck it. I would say we have a bright future ahead of us with Casey at QB.

JB said...

I'd like to hear your thoughts on the Frogs' conditioning. We had skill position players cramping after every play in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. It's hard for me to not blame the coaching staff about that. Don't get me wrong, we are exceptionally well coached, but I think all skill positions need to run 5 miles a day until Thursday. Maybe I'm crazy.

BuckNasty said...

Oh, and to all the fair weather fans out there, just bc we lost one game, don't give up on our team and not show up in the stadium come 2 weeks. Lets show the team that we still support them and lets keep the momentum going with our fan base. Over the past 2 seasons, the fanbase has grown substantially and 1 loss should not change that. We knew there was a chance this could be a down year, but by no means does having one loss mean you are having a down year.

VikingFrog said...

I was cramping in the stands as well.

I don't think my calves are in gameday condition yet.

I think it was something in that Wacky Waco water. I really wouldn't blame that on the coaches. But what do I know about cramps?

shortnkerley's said...

Spike the Gatorade bottles with Midol.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

The cramping is definitely a concern, but it was pretty darn humid and nasty Friday night, so that may have been expected. Baylor's athletes had their issues as well. Fortunately, the weather in Colorado Springs shouldn't play a factor.

Very, very tough loss to take, but the way it ended makes me optimistic. Listening to the ESPN pundits hype up Griffin like he's the next Johnny U was pretty unsettling - especially considering, had we stopped that 3rd and long play, they may have been giving the same treatment to Pachall - but hey, it's what they do.

It's never good to lose a game, but if you had to pick between this one and Air Force, I think you'd take Baylor. The team knows it can score and knows it can come back from a major deficit now. Hopefully that will aid them down the road. I think we see a much different team Saturday afternoon.

Frogger98 said...

I am not giving up on this season. There is a lot to look forward to for this year and next.

We lost and it did suck more than anything has sucked in a few years. However, the team is sound.

This year was never going to be a repeat of last, but the team is still a top 25 team and could possibly upset Boise. I just hope GP can get the safeties sorted out - they are a huge concern now.

I am going to keep cheering regardless.

Rotten Arsenal said...

I stayed until we sang the Alma Mater. I never thought about leaving when we were down 24 pts and it looked hopeless.
In fact, I left that game feeling really good about things. I don't know how this season plays out, but we have a very bright future.

VikingFrog said...

Still ranked 25 in both polls. I guess we have earned some respect over the years. Also probably doesn't hurt that it was a primetime game and is fresh on everyone's minds.

Public sees us as a young team that didn't give up. This is especially good to see as Auburn dropped out of the top 25 after winning.

NurseFrog31 said...

I'll admit I was one of the ones on the ledge Friday night, but that's because I just KNEW we had that game. Now that I've had time to think about it, watch some of the replays, and get some objectivity, I realize Friday was the team demonstrating growing pains. Now I think it was a great learning experience for them and it should give them confidence going forward, because they are going to know that even when they get down, they aren't out. I'm thinking they'll be alright the rest of the season. Look out smurfs, we're coming for you.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

11-1

Michael said...

* 12-1

Peelgood said...

"What we should all do is congratulate Baylor on a game well played and move on."
= best comment a TCU fan has made or could make about this game. Kudos to you fan.

VikingFrog said...

I like to think of myself as a pretty courteous fan win or lose. I thought all of the Baylor fans I saw after the game were pretty courteous. There was one kid talking shit to everyone coming down the aisle, but the Baylor fan next to him told him to shut up and keep it classy.

I really don't think you could find a fan base without sourgrapes... including ours.

Congrats Baylor. Hope you guys keep winning and hope we can keep this rivalry going in the years to come, although I could see going by the wayside after super conference realignment.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

He doesn't really mean it.