Monday, November 7, 2011

Game 9 Recap: Wyoming

Sioux City Sarsaparilla? Yeah, that's a good one...

Sir Wesley Willis is unavailable to provide his usual Monday morning novella of a recap, so I'll be filling in this week. Compounding the fact that I'm not nearly as comprehensive as him is the fact that, well, I didn't actually watch the game. I don't have The Mtn at my place, and I just did not feel like going to a bar- so I pulled up a comfy chair and tuned to WBAP to listen to the game on the radio. The good news is that Brian Estridge, John Denton and the rest of the TCU radio crew do a fantastic job of describing the action in a way that leaves you feeling as if you were watching the game. Anyhow, here are my thoughts on the Frogs' 31-20 win over Doo Doo Brown in Laramie:

-Where to start? On one hand, the Frogs racked up 617 total yards on offense- their highest output in nearly five years. Of those, 390 were on the ground- where they averaged 8.3 yards per carry. Even against a suspect defense like Wyoming's, that is pretty impressive. On the other hand, they turned the ball over FIVE times. FIVE! Three of those came in the red zone, meaning at least 21 potential points were left on the table in a game that shouldn't have been nearly as close as it was on the scoreboard. Perhaps part of that was the weather, and maybe part of it was looking ahead to Boise. I don't really know, but it's got to change if the Frogs want to have any kind of chance next week. Waymon James was the star of the day (him or the O-Line), running for a career-high 181 yards and, perhaps more importantly, no fumbles.

-Early on, it looked like the defense may have reverted back to it's yard-hemorrhaging ways of the beginning of the season. They surrendered 134 yards in the first quarter, including a whopping 101 on the ground. The run defense tightened up after that, though, allowing just 5 yards the rest of the way. Wyoming's QB Brett Smith was still able to create plays with his arm, racking up 210 yards through the air before the play of the game: Tank Carder earning a QB tear drop by delivering the knockout blow on a completely clean and completely awesome hit to Smith that the Cowboy fans are complaining about vociferously on their message board. I'd provide a link, but I'm lazy and this is the second time I've typed out this recap due to blogger completely licking taint. Not to be outdone by his fellow linebacker, Kenny Cain had a team-high 12 tackles. The linebacking corps leading the defensive charge for TCU? Are things getting back to normal?!?

Special Teams:
-It's always worth noting, just because of his many detractors, when Ross Evans has a superior game. That was the case on Saturday, when he was 4-4 on PATs and made his only field goal attempt, from 35 yards out. He also averaged just over 67 yards per kickoff, including two touchbacks. Greg McCoy and Skye Dawson were the real stars on special teams, though, by continually providing TCU with good starting field position due to their lengthy kickoff returns. I was also a big fan of GP putting "No-One Back-There! Clap-Clap! Clap-Clap-Clap!" on punt returns, giving the Frogs' difficulty fielding them all season long and the nasty weather.

-It certainly wasn't the prettiest W the Frogs have ever earned, but it counts just the same as any other in the standings. With two losses on the season, style points really aren't a top priority this year. Any win is a good win for a young team like this one, especially one on the road. Now it's time for GP to pull out some unexpected twists agianst Boise next week.


SwissArmyFrog said...

Good recap, thanks!

You know, I listened to the broadcast, and in the background, shortly after the game ended, I heard the Wyoming band play a song I hadn't heard since elementary school choir: "Ragtime Cowboy Joe". Guess they play it after every game. My brain went, "Huh?!?! OMG, that song!"

Rotten Arsenal said...

If anybody wants to see some of the doo doo the few Wyoming fans are flinging, here's one thread:
Won't Miss TCU

I really, for the most part, have nothing against the Wyoming players, coaches, or fans. I didn't see the game on Saturday cause I had to work, but based on the replay Nurse Frog posted, I'm unsure about the first hit by Tank. The second was totally clean and that first "hit" was the QB's own fault for sliding head first and sliding around. You want a "safe" slide, you slide feet first.
That second hit... I don't know. He got the ball off, but not soon enough to expect a defensive player, who pretty much wasn't covered at all, to swerve. Helmet to helmet... don't know... looked like Tank came in upper chest and Smith's head went down into Tank's helmet. I don't think there is enough evidence to say that wasn't a clean hit though. You want to blame somebody, blame the coaching staff for not double teaming Tank and blame the guy who miserably failed at blocking.

And I swear, those Cowpukes need to just shut the hell up about Henson-Sween '08. I was there and had a pretty good view. Henson went airborne a split second before Sween started to slide. Had Sween stayed up, Henson would have drilled him in the side, but He dropped down and brought his head to the level where Henson's helmet was going.
Why is it that Wyoming's QBs seem to get so beat up? Maybe it's just that the team just isn't good enough to play at this level.

I'm playing with some numbers and ranking all the FBS & FCS teams together based on wins and post season stuff. FCS teams totals are cut in half to represent the distinct difference in strength level. I've done 163 of 247 teams so far and Wyoming comes in 99... 3 FCS schools have more success that Wyoming.

I won't miss these guys either.

Rob L. said...

I like how Wyoming fans give TCU hell for going to the Big 12. They seem butthurt that they're stuck in MWC where they'll sink further into mediocrity.

Rotten Arsenal said...

Replay showing on The Mountain right now. Just saw that Tank hit in the 2nd just before halftime that I wasn't sure of. Watched in Super Slow-Mo HD and Tank's helmet hits shoulder and Smith's helmet comes down into Tank. You can clearly see the point of impact on Smith's left arm.

VikingFrog said...

That game was so poorly called I was surprised they didn't call it a late it. I thought it was clean as a whistle.