It was sloppy. We played a team on homecoming night in the state of Nevada, and we could not get out of the stadium soon enough. The Broncos posted a 48-21 victory against the UNLV Runnin Rebels on Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Join me after the jump as I discuss the thoughts of mine about our teams victory.
Running backs- D.J. Harper was the unsung hero of the night. With Doug Martin leaving the game with an injury, Harper found the holes in the defense and ran very well against the UNLV defense that kept the Broncos down for a half. Harper did not let first contact bring him down, and even made a terrific cut across the defense for a 36 yard touchdown run. It pleases me very much to see Harper, who tore his ACL twice, comeback from that injury twice, to be a solid contributor for the Bronco offense in a very talented back field. Much praise and respect to him for sticking with it after so much adversity,
Wide Receivers- Okay, this is a coaching point of emphasis for this week. Our wide receivers were very inconsistent. Matt Miller starred for the Broncos while the rest of the corps was largely inconsistent and plagued by dropped passes, fumbles, and lack of physical play. We had way too many drops. Tyler Shoemaker alone was guilty of three, maybe four dropped passes. Geraldo Boldewijn was responsible for a fumble and a dropped pass, ad Dallas Burroughs had a fumble go out of bounds on a bubble screen pass. There must be a way to grease up the balls with cooking spray and feed them to the receivers through a pitching machine or something. I would run the wide receivers through the arm tackle trill that the running backs must go through. Ball security is key, we need that.
Offensive line.- UNLV front four ate our lunch in the first half. I don't know if everyone was down at the New York New York watching the table dancers or at Larry Flints place watching some different dancers but we looked sluggish. The UNLV front four plugged up our line and prevented us from getting our ground game off to the start we needed. I know we have injuries up front, but we need to play better or Pants-Action's defense will eat us alive. Credit for a 100+ yard rushing game.
Defensive line- Was asleep in the first half, luckily they came on strong in the second half. Shea McClellin had a big game, and word is the Billy Winn "will be fine." It was evident who the bigger, faster, and better conditioned team was towards the middle of the third quarter. But the other teams we play might not get gassed as soon. We need to get more pressure earlier in the game.
Linebackers- Had a decent game. Byron Hout, Tommy Smith, JC Percy and Johnathan Brown made good plays. We got good play from the rest of the crew as well. I am not sure what it is about the Pistol offense that gives us fits, but we need more penetration and gap filling in order to stop that style of offense.
Secondary- We had some good moments, and some bad moments. I did like the play of our safeties, but I felt that our corners were a little inconsistent. That is a word that is coming up a lot in this write up. Ebo Makinde and Qualon Ewing-Burton both played as Jamar Taylor was not in action with an unspecified injury.
Special Teams- Once again solid play by our special teams led to a big break for our team and proved to be a swing that we needed. Byron Hout was huge for us on the blocked punt and I think JC Percy has ice water in his vanes to call his own number on the fake punt. Much credit to Coach Choate for drawing these plays up, practicing them, then sticking to the game plan and executing them.
All in all I would sum up our play as sloppy and inconsistent. We need to do better.