While Oklahoma State has opened up their season with two wins against Savannah State, and Louisiana-Lafayette, and a loss to Arizona, they've managed to pick up right where they left off on the offensive side of the ball despite losing two starters in the first round of the NFL draft.
Considering the production that they lost, putting up over 63 points per game (which leads the country), is impressive against nearly any competition. But there's more when you dig a little deeper behind the stat lines.
For example, we saw a few notes earlier regarding just how impressive the Cowboy's offense has been at not just putting up points, but also doing it extremely efficiently.
Oklahoma State has a streak of scoring at least 30 points in 21 straight games dating back to 2010. The next closest streak to that is Oregon, with 17 straight 30 point games. Dating back to 1916, Oklahoma State has put up 60 points in 13 games, seven of which have come since the beginning of the 2010 season (twice in 2010, three times in 2011, and twice in three games this year).
Also, the Cowboys have been able to score quickly, with at least one scoring drive of less than two minutes in 29 straight games. In just three games so far this season, they've accounted for 16 scoring drives of less than two minutes.
All of that is impressive considering the staff has prepared eight different guys for starting offensive roles through the first handful of games.
This weekend the Cowboys face a Texas team that brings a top ten scoring offense into the game (7th nationally at just over 49 points per game), while allowing just 16 points per game.
Through their first four games as a D-III football program, Misericordia (PA) is still searching for their first win. Tomorrow they've got a big game against Stevenson (0-4) in a match up of two programs searching for their first win of the 2012 season.
Misericordia's roster features only 3 seniors, all in their first season as a college football player. The roster is composed mainly of 54 freshman and 10 sophomores that are getting some major grass time, which should pay off a few years down the road.
Mark Ross and the coaching staff have been able to get some quality production out of their young group, and put together this highlight video to commemorate the first few weeks of their football program's young history.
Impressive accomplishment from the Washington defense last night
Justin Wilcox and the defensive staff at Washington put together an impressive game plan last night to stifle the Stanford run game.
The Huskies held Stanford to just 65 yards rushing last night (the Cardinal ran for 202 against USC), often putting up to eight and nine guys in the box to stuff the run and getting guys in great positions to make plays defensively. What makes this even more impressive is the clear adjustments Wilcox' guys made after allowing nearly 250 yards rushing against LSU just over 2 weeks ago.
The last time that Stanford rushed for less than 90 yards in a game was back in 2008, Jim Harbaugh's second year on The Farm, in a 14-31 loss against TCU; however we did not that Duke held the Cardinal to 92 yards rushing in week 2 of this season.
Credit Justin Wilcox and the staff for a job well done last night. They had a solid game plan and the Huskies were ready to play against a quality opponent.
Washington heads to Oregon next week, and will have to stop a run game that has failed to reach the 100 yard mark rushing just twice in the past 31 games (against LSU in the season opener in 2011 - 95 yards net rushing, and Auburn in the National Title game in 2010/2011 season - 75 yards net rushing). The following week they take on USC at home.
Kickoff vs. Oregon is scheduled for 10:30pm ET and can be seen on ESPN.
Former North Carolina offensive coordinator John Shoop is taking the year off and using his time to watch game film, not football on TV, which he hopes will “ease some of the pain of not coaching a team”.
Shoop is also writing a column focusing on UNC, Duke and NC State football for a local website.
Shoop references a matchup in 2010 against FCS opponent William & Mary, the week before UNC traveled to Florida State. Shoop was confident his team was good enough to win and as opposed to trying everything they could to win convincingly, the Tar Heels took a different approach. They ran the football 37 times with a deliberate intent to mess with the minds of the Seminoles, who would be studying the game film. "I kept calling running plays from a lot of two tight end sets knowing that FSU would spend lots of time fitting those runs. The computer reports that the defensive coaches at FSU were looking at said what our staff wanted them to say. In a handful of identifiable formations the Tar Heels were going to run the ball."
UNC squeaked out a 21-17 win that Saturday, but their planning and preparation set them up for success the following week in Tallahassee. FSU was set to stop the Tar Heels rushing attack, but what they got instead were passing plays out of the previous weeks rushing formations. QB TJ Yates set a school record with 439 passing yards as the Tar Heels beat the Seminoles.
This week UNC faces an 0-4 Idaho in Chapel Hill, before traveling to Blacksburg to face Virginia Tech. Shoop believes Carolina may follow a similar strategy as they did back in 2010, being careful what they put on film for the Hokies to see.
Smart strategy from a good coach. Some staff will be wise to scoop Shoop up this off-season.