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A Closer Look at the Misleading Defensive Numbers from the Marshall Game


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I just wanted to take a closer look at the defensive performance by the Old Gold & Blue from Saturday. Unlike many, I was not very concerned by the misleading final defensive numbers. Below is a breakdown for the first 3 quarters, after which the game was clearly out of hand. As I suspected, Our D played better than the final numbers show. Bottom line, we have a young D in a new scheme, and it will take some time for everyone to grow and develop with the system. That being said, the numbers show that they did a pretty good job their first time out.

And, I expect to see some marked improvements the next time out as we now have plenty of true game film for our coaches to utilize as teaching tools. I think our D will be just fine!

1st Quarter

Marshall Drives

1. 30

2. 3

3. -5

4. 3

Total: 31 yards

Total: 0 points

2nd Quarter

Marshall Drives

1. 91 Score: TD

2. 57 Score: FG

3. 52

4. 8

Total: 208 yards

Total: 10 points

3rd Quarter

Marshall Drives

1. -4

WVU Punt blocked, Marshall recovers on the WVU 9

2. 9 Score: TD

3. 17 (Cato sacked/fumbled recover by WVU for TD)

4. 73 Score: FG

Total: 95 yards

Total: 10 points

End of 3rd Quarter

Score: 55 – 20 WVU

Marshall’s next scoring drive didn’t come until under 10 minutes remaining in the forth quarter and the score was 69 – 20 WVU.

Through 3 quarters, WVU gave up 334 yards 1 true TD (the 2nd TD came after a blocked punt recovered inside WVU’s 10), and 2 field goals.

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The WVU D also forced 2 turnovers against Marshall's 1st string Offense.

Lastly, Mid-way through the 3rd, WVU as already getting the 2 and 3 deeps reps…

The overall numbers are definitely misleading. The D will be just fine.



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