Murray State must have thought they were coming to Carter-Finley to play a flag football game. The Pack absolutely dominated the Racers in our most lopsided victory since the mid ’90s. There’s nothing really to analyze here since Murray St. was such an inferior opponent, but it was nice to see our guys come out sharp and ready to play from the opening snap.
Past games like this have seen the Pack sleep walk through the first quarter, look very sloppy all day, and only win by a couple touchdowns. We have often fell into the “play to the level of your competition” mode in the past and that was definitely not the case in this one. Hopefully we can keep that going for this weekend’s tilt against Gardner Webb.
This game doesn’t prove much of anything about our team except for the fact that we are not as bad as we looked in the South Carolina game. Still can’t say we are ready to win the ACC championship, but now we are at least moving in the right direction. The conference is still down so nothing is impossible if we can continue to get better.
OK, I said I wasn’t going to analyze the game, but I’m going to anyway. So I lie every now and then, just don’t tell my mom or wife that I admitted to that. Anyway, I’ll try to be quick and to the point. The defense tackled better. The O-line blocked better. The receivers caught the passes thrown to them. We didn’t fumble on our first play of the game (Murray St. did). Russell looked sharp and quick. Pretty much looked the exact opposite from the South Carolina game.
A lot of freshmen played in this game. RJ Mattes, Rashard Smith, and Earl Wolff continued to impress with the latter two getting their first start. Wentz and Bishop burned their redshirts. Glennon, Washington, and Barnes got extended playing time with both RBs scoring their first collegiate touchdowns. With a lot of sophmores also on the two deep, the future looks bright for the Pack.