Game Report Posted: July 24, 2011 09:12
IT WAS A DONE DEAL WHEN
With 5 seconds remaining in the 2nd quarter, EMU had driven the ball into the redzone. Faced with a 4th and 1, down 17-7, they opted to attempt to convert the 4th down and try for a TD instead of a FG. The handoff gained zero yards. After the turnover on downs, UTEP scored a 94 yard TD on the very next play. The score was 24-7 at the half, and EMU was never able to overcome the swing in momentum.
Junior wideout Kinsman Thomas found himself wide open on a 77-yard long bomb, giving EMU the early 7-3 lead (which obviously didn't last). He piled up 128 yards on 5 receptions. ... Senior DT Brandon Slater's quarterback sack was one of the few bright spots of the day for the Eagles' defense.
UTEP's run defense won the day. We went into the game planning on grinding down the opposition. Backup hallfback Corey Welch had a strong enough outing as the change-of-pace. But the #1 HB totaled only 28 yards on 14 carries, most of those coming in the 2nd quarter, which was utimately the quarter that decided the direction and outcome of the game.
New head coach, Charlie Batch, got his career off to a poor start with this loss.
Game Report Posted: July 24, 2011 20:41
IT WAS A DONE DEAL WHEN
In such a thorough blowout, it was arguably a done deal as soon as the first whistle blew. But, if you had to really do a postmortem on this one, I'd say it was a done deal with Idaho's 4th touchdown. They raced out of the gates to a 21-0 lead. It immediately sent us into a passing-only offensive mode, which is the opposite of where we wanted to be. It was ugly early. But even when we finally got up off the mat and marched to our own scoring drive to cut it to 21-7, they responded a couple plays later with another touchdown. It sent the message that we wouldn't be allowed back into this contest.
Defensive end Brad Ohrman and defensive tackle Jabar Westerman were pretty much the only members of the team that showed up to play.
Idaho's defense swarmed us, piling up 8 sacks. And, because we abandoned the run in the 1st quarter (combined with lost yardage from the sacks), we ended the day with -88 yards rushing. Against Idaho. Pitiful.
Such an ugly day, nothing really worth noting.
|7||@ Southern Miss||NR|
|8||@ Central Michigan||NR|
|9||@ Western Michigan||NR|
|11||Middle Tennessee State||NR|
|14||@ Northern Illinois||NR|
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