Video of the Day - USC Unfiltered: Fresno State week
- Published: Monday, 01 September 2014 08:07
- by Doug Samuels
The stadium walk is a special moment between head coach and fan base. It's his commander in chief moment, shaking hands and kissing babies, all in anticipation of the assured win, or at least what certainly feels like an assured win at the time. And it's extra special when you walk across the Brazos River and into your new stadium for the first time. USA Today cameras followed Art Briles as he traversed his way into McLane Stadium, and turned it all into one massive hyperlapse.
This is great work by Laken Litman and USA Today.
N.C. State will wear these on Saturday versus Old Dominion
Unless you were one of the announced 40,000 people at Heinz Field or tuned into the ESPN3 stream on Saturday afternoon, you probably didn't see much of the Pittsburgh-Delaware game yesterday. And for that, you should be down on your knees thanking your divine maker.
The Panthers fried the Blue Hens, 62-0. The win was Pitt's biggest since 1977, and largest season-opening margin since 1913, and the loss was Delaware's worst in 93 years. The stats were worse than that.
Paul Chryst's team outgained Delaware, 501-57. That's a yards per play difference of 5.918 yards. Every snap. The Panthers' 62 points tied for the third-most points of any club on Saturday, while also registered one of the six shutouts thus far of Week 1. Pittsburgh achieved 28 first downs, to Delaware's five. Pittsburgh converted seven of nine third down attempts, Delaware converted one of 11.
Let's look at the passing stats:
When accounting for interception return yards, Delaware's passing game achieved a grand total of 1 yard in 16 attempts. That's 2.25 inches per attempt. It's longest completion of the afternoon was for seven yards.
But that's okay, because:
You'll notice that Delaware had greater success on the ground, notching a long run of eight yards. Meanwhile, 26 of Pittsburgh's 70 snaps (37 percent) went for eight yards or more.
Shall we look at the drive chart? Let's look at the drive chart.
Delaware had one possession of its first 11 last more than three plays, and it ended six yards behind where it started.
"It was good to get a win," Chryst said after the game.
Yes, coach, it was.
Bret Bielema's Arkansas team looked like one of the most improved teams in the country for the first half against Auburn. But halftime brought a curve ball nobody expected.
"We ran into a little glitch," Bielema explained at the post game presser. "Our coaches never made it down from the half. They were stuck in elevators. There was kind of a little audible there that we had to deal with, but the great thing was the kids had big eyes and ears."
Bielema didn't come right out out and say that the snafu had a direct effect on their performance in the second half, but the stats tell quite the story. The Razorbacks failed to score after the break, and allowed 24 second half points, all this after giving the 2013 SEC Champs all they could handle for during the first half.
"It is what it is. We had to roll with the flow. Obviously I have coaches up in the booth who look forward to coming down here and meeting as a staff and get on the same page. We were able to communicate by phone."
"I'm not trying to make a big deal of it. They just were't able to get down here. I don't have the full story, I just know they were actually stuck."
Let this be a lesson to all staffs that take an elevator down to meet the rest of the staff and team for halftime; have a contingency plan in place. Sounds like Bielema and his guys did all they could and adjusted on the fly during a crappy situation.