Originally Posted by IslandCock
There were a lot of positives in the game Saturday - very happy with the performance on both sides of the ball and special teams. That being said...
Was the defensive performance more the product of guys being lined up in the right position, executing the plays, making tackles/plays, etc. Or was this more of a false-positive in that Arkansas ran a vanilla offense and made some errors on their own (fumbles are equally caused by the defense, so more referring to missing an open guy on a fake punt, dropped passes, etc.).
This isn't intended to be a negative retrospect on a great game, but trying to see what others thoughts are on if the D really made a statement/turned a corner or just played well against an average opponent.
Both, but defense did play better. I kind of look at it as if we beat them 52-17 if I want to go worst case scenario. In other words, what would have happened without their mistakes.
They should have had a TD on the play where the RB fumbled it into the endzone. Or at least our defense wasn't responsible for stopping them at all. So that is 52-14. Then I give them a FG on the other turnover after their big run. I give them a FG for two reasons. One is because it was a good play by Legree to rip the ball out (as you stated above). Second, there is a really good chance they would have only gotten a FG out of it. I would say the chances were greater for a FG than for a TD.
So I still think giving up a hypothetical 17 on a road game is pretty good overall. Yes, they broke some long runs. But I watched football all day Saturday and I saw plays like that in every game. I think that is a product of offenses spreading out the field so much. I think it is pretty much impossible to shut down all big gains these days.