Sunday, November 30, 2008

Brinkhater and Beavs Bite It


Tonight, the Beavs lost their token chance at the Rose Bowl and Brinkhater lost his perfect season of Cougar prognostications, as the Cougs turned in a frustrating 24-10 defeat.

Overall, the defense looked quite inspired and Levy showed in my book that he is the man of the future. IF you saw the kid run and saw his arm strength, you know that he HAS to be the guy moving forward. He really does have the stuff to develop into a fine winning Pac-10 QB.



Here's what I saw via the online streaming option from the island:

  • Turpin had a really nice sack on Alexander late in the 4th where he blew off the center and guard and then chased and caught Alexander on the sideline. Very impressive.
  • The D actually looked really good. We obviously still have problems in the secondary, but the linebackers in particular looked really fast and we shot the gaps well.
  • We had a cool (almost) 3-8 look on defense in the second half where we were stunting guys all over the place. We were fast and aggressive and were actually quite fun to watch.
  • I think we'll really miss Trent at times next year, but watching Bland and Mattingly yesterday was quite exciting.
  • That said, the offense still lacks so much imagination although there were a lot of missed opportunities. Levy has the happiest of happy feet right now, but as I noted on the post, he has good Pac-10 speed for the position and has the type of arm strength that Brinkhater has been dreaming of for the last five years.
In reference to someone's comments tonight, we DID have a chance to win that game. Levy missed Gibson by 7 inches for six in the 3rd on a go pattern. We missed recovering a fumble on a punt that would have made it a 7 point game late, and Levy overshot Norrell on a surefire touch late in the game.

Plus, Giles' fumble following the blocked FG was beyond ridiculous.

Final notes: Tardy again ran like a champ--really, really hard. With a healthy Ivory, Mitz, and Montgomery entering the fold, expect more ball control next year. That said, if you saw the action on the play action with Levy in the game, it makes you wonder what could have been.

You can all be proud of the effort they put into the contest. In the end, they bought in.

Kudos to the defensive coaching staff for bringing the boys along in the last three games.


The offense, meanwhile, needs a whole lot of work.

Thanks for sticking with us through this season.

10 comments:

Sedihawk said...

Walden in the post-game gave Toby Turpin his player of the game. He said he is amazed at the progress of Turpin and how much he helped the defense once he came back from injury. Walden says "I don't want to get ahead of myself but he reminds me a lot of Rien Long." We'll see. But everyone has been saying that Turpin has been a big boost since his return.

Anonymous said...

BH, You did that on purpose.

Anonymous said...

I didn't see the game, but its sounded like we held our own. Of course we really never had a shot, but 24-10 is about the most respectable score of the year (aside from the 2 wins). I heard Wulff talk to Dennis Patchin (sp?) and you could hear it in his voice that he KNOWS we will be better next year. I can't wait, I probably won't renew the season tickets but I hope they give us something more to cheer about.

Chris '04
Pullman, WA

kaddy said...

Now is the time to renew, to help support the turnaround. I'm increasing from 2 to 4 season tickets next year.

Brinkhater said...

Agree on the renewal.

Turpin had a really nice sack on Alexander late in the 4th where he blew off the center and guard and then chased and caught Alexander on the sideline. Very impressive.

The D actually looked really good. We obviously still have problems in the secondary, but the linebackers in particular looked really fast and we shot the gaps well.

We had a cool (almost) 3-8 look on defense in the second half where we were stunting guys all over the place. We were fast and aggressive and were actually quite fun to watch.

I think we'll really miss Trent at times next year, but watching Bland and Mattingly yesterday was quite exciting.

That said, the offense still lacks so much imagination although there were a lot of missed opportunities. Levy has the happiest of happy feet right now, but as I noted on the post, he has good Pac-10 speed for the position and has the type of arm strength that Brinkhater has been dreaming of for the last five years.

In reference to the post above, we DID have a chance to win that game. Levy missed Gibson by 7 inches for six in the 3rd on a go pattern. We missed recovering a fumble on a punt that would have made it a 7 point game late, and Levy overshot Norrel on a surefire touch late in the game.

Plus, Giles' fumble following the blocked FG was beyond ridiculous.

Final notes: Tardy again ran like a champ--really, really hard. With a healthy Ivory, Mitz, and Montgomery entering the fold, expect more ball control next year.

That said, if you saw the action on the play action with Levy in the game, it makes you wonder what could have been.

You can all be proud of the effort they put into the contest. In the end, they bought in.

Anonymous said...

Oh what could have been. I bought the stream & thought it worked really well. This was one that got away. Here are some thoughts on the season finale:

I kept asking "Where is JT?" Lopina obviously has the the "No Touchdowns, 11 INTs" on the brain. The guy was trying way to hard to throw a TD on the drive that ended in a FG. Tardy & Mitz were running great & then they went to the air (to let Lopina maybe to get a TD pass?) & the drive imploded. OH HOW I LONG FOR A QB THAT CAN HIT A WR THAT IS WIDE OPEN IN THE END ZONE!

3 unblieveable plays that were 2008 in a nutshell:

1. Levenseller throws deep down the right side for Gibson where the corner falls down, safety distracts #4 into a drop where it would have been a clear TD.

2. Botched punt return by Hawaii that 1 hops into Romeo Pellum's chest. He doesn't hang on (& run for a TD). Hawaii recovers.

3. Cougs block FG. It lands in Giles hands. He tries about 300% too hard to make a play, backs up about 20yds, then pulls out the ol' pee wee football move and laterals to Chima who wasn't ready - Hawaii recovers. This is maybe the worse play that I have ever seen from Cougar Football.

Other than those "gems", Levenseller looked great. I love his arm. He or Lobster will make us forget Lopina's "No TD pass 2008" (is that record for pass attempts without TD?) in 2009. Great catch by Norrell near the end of the 1st half. I would have like to see 1 shot at the end zone before missing that FG.

Hawaii really, really wanted to get us to 3-9 but we just didn't want to take it.

We get our chance at a rematch in early 2009. I know we will be better next year. I'm glad this year is over.

cougswv

millcreekcoug said...

Do NOT give up your season tickets!

Stiffmiester said...

Just a little pick me up for stoking next years hatred of the Fuskies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI_xCBAv2rk
Enjoy and Go Cougs

LouisianaCoug said...

In the last month of the season CPW has completely won me over. This team was ridiculously terrible 2 months through the season. There was absolutely nothing to strive/play for. But CPW didn't lose the team, they actually improved, especially defensively.

Sure, there were chances to pull an upset in the Hawaii game, but compare that game with the Baylor game (a fair comparison I think) and look at how much better we finished.

Most importantly, at least in the short term, CPW demonstrated that he could prepare a terrible team to play its relative best (only 1 turnover) in the Apple Cup.

Maybe I put too much weight on the Apple Cup, but I am much happier and optimistic now after a 2-11 season than in 2006 when we finished 6-6, losing our last 3 including the Apple Cup.

I genuinely look forward to see what Wulff can do with "his guys".

Go Cougs.

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