Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tuesday News ----- 05/12/09

Not much UMass or FCS football news on the wires today.

Over on one of the Kansas State boards, they have a link to this YouTube video tribute to the once-and-again Wildcats coach Bill Snyder. Nicely done. Snyder was the miracle man at K-State. Without him they averaged .243 winning average (137-445-18). With him the Wildcats went to eleven straight bowl games.

I went to the 2003 UMass-Kansas State game back in 2003. The crowd of 46,102 was the third largest to ever watch a UMass football game.

UMass led 7-3 after the first quarter on 63 yard TD pass to from Jeff Krohn to Jason Peebler.

The Wildcats primarily ran their star RB Darren Sproles. He ended up 28-152-3 TD's. We actually did a pretty good job on him. If I remember right, he got loose for a 30+ yard game once and another for about 18 yards. The other 26 carries averaged about three yards each.

Image from the K-State athletic dept site.

Outside of the long gain to Peebler, we only had ten first downs. After every K-State first down the stadium announcer would say "That's another Wildcat"--- and the crowd would roar "First Down!" By the fourth quarter, the UMass fans were doing the same thing for UMass first downs. We were a small but fiesty bunch.

I had a good time at the game and I'll always remember dodging pronghorn antelope on Interstate 70 on the drive back to Kansas City.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

a guy runs 152 yards and scores
3 td's and you think that is doing pretty good.regardless of who the running back is, that is terrible.
it illustrates just how unprepared
the defense was. you know going into the game they were keying on him to begin with. i hope that we dont do that kind of pretty good
this year

Anonymous said...

Outmanned, outmuscled and outmatched I hope we can stay competitive and make it a game i.e. bc, Army, Navy. In the real world we are probably at least a 21 pt underdog.

Anonymous said...

Good thing is they don't have Sproles anymore and aren't one of the best teams in FBS.

UMass74 said...

a guy runs 152 yards and scores
3 td's and you think that is doing pretty good.regardless of who the running back is, that is terrible.
it illustrates just how unprepared
the defense was. you know going into the game they were keying on him to begin with. i hope that we dont do that kind of pretty good
this year
Sometimes I have to wonder what planet these comments come from.

Sproles is staring in the NFL. In 2003 he had 140 yards and averaged 5.6 yards a carry against Nebraska. Against Texas he had 128 yards and averaged 5.3 yards a carry. Against FCS/I-AA McNeese he averaged 7.2 yards a carry.

He averaged 5.46 yards a carry against UMass. What terrible defense! Giving up 0.16 more yards/carry and 24 more yards than Texas!

As a Jewish friend of mine used to say: Oy.

Anonymous said...

i hope that the defense we have this year doesnt think that allowing a running back 152 yards
and three tds' is acceptable. defense starts with the attitude that the opposing team should not gain one yard. without this attitude on defense you shouldn't even bother to show up

Anonymous said...

ask the head coach and the defensive co-ordinator if they think their defense had a good game
against kansas. if you expect a little, you get a little. after last years defensive statistics
i hope the coaches are raising the bar

Anonymous said...

I agree with the last post. Set the bar HIGH. Demand exceptional results and nothing less. I also agree with Frank. Sproles is exceptional and we were outweighed and outmuscled up front by considerable margins. Put some heft up front and back the defensive line up with quick, hard-hitting, and penetrating linebackers. I think we have a chance this year, but the coaching staff needs to prepare the team. Much depends on unknowable factors, such as the starting QB and those filling the void of graduated seniors.

Anonymous said...

Plain and simple, the defense will only be as good as the D-Line. We had more size last year then we have had in a while but Collier, Hanson and Harrington need to be in better shape and get off blocks. In the past I had complained about our lack of size up front but if I am the strength coach I am just as focused at working on their conditioning and foot work this summer. Strength is clearly not an issue.