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Coach V’s Grades: Big 12 Championship

Sam Cosmi (Will Gallagher/IT)

The chips were on the line in Arlington this time. We had some rise to the occasion. We had some that allowed the magnitude of the game affect their performance. We still scored 27 points but fell far short of the time of possession domination we needed to influence the game as a positive in our direction. We shot ourselves with penalties to kill drives. We trick played our way into other drive killers. It wasn’t our finest performance—players and play-callers alike.

Coach V’s Grades – Kansas

Breckyn Hager, Charles Omenihu (Will Gallagher/IT)

We played very hard this week. We were a couple of “big” plays and too many missed tackles away from a very good game. Guys were flying around with kinetic energy abound. I liked the approach we took this week. We did basic seek and destroy tactics while keeping it simple. Since we had a mash unit with everyone finding a way to contribute it turned out our “busy” made up for mistakes in angles, MT’s, and dag-nabbits.

Coach V’s Grades – ISU

Sam Cosmi (Will Gallagher/IT)

Right up front I just want to acknowledge that these guys have some kind of blurs aligning as edge foundations. I wouldn’t be surprised if they anchored the sprint relay back in their high school days. That was the bad news although that alley runner (12) was as good as advertised. The good news is we handled their action with our secret weapon (for the most part)—a real offensive line playing to gut the opponent.

Coach V’s Grades – WVU

Jeffrey McCulloch (Will Gallagher/IT)

If you are looking for feel good words about our defensive performance yesterday you might need to check another post. I will attempt to use only the best of the worst in describing the defensive effort from the top on down.

Coach V’s Grades – Oklahoma State

Sam Ehlinger (Will Gallagher/IT)

We played well enough to win despite some minor miscues along the way. Sam bounced back with a solid performance and even better leadership. The Oline broke down in a few situations but overall played winning football. The receiving group wasn’t their usual dependable playmakers but managed to support the offense with a few key catches. The RB’s made the most out of their opportunities plus they blocked extremely well.

Coach V’s Grades – Oklahoma

Tre Watson (Will Gallagher/IT)

Wow, , what a game—what college football means to the entire nation. There is just something about a rival game that brings out the best of all of us. Can I get a “thank you” from everybody that muttered how much they love this football team during the contest.

Coach V’s Grades – USC

Sam Ehlinger (Will Gallagher/IT)

We had a mixture of flashes combined with a steady workman like effort to beat a pretty good USC defense last night. We almost eliminated all ugly. It was obvious that we had all eleven focused and they stayed ready to keep from getting ready. Well done men.