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57 minutes ago, Ozzie82 said:

Thoughts on the game:

 

- I'm glad to have gotten through this game without Kett letting his emotions out of hand. Hard to know if his INT was the result of the WR stopping his route or Kett overthrowing it but that was his only major error. That's pretty good because it could have been way worse considering his emotions about yesterday's return to Sac Town.

 

- Jaxson Turner and Donnell Rogers were studs yesterday. I have been waiting for Donnell to take the next step to become a dominating defensive force and he did that yesterday. And Jaxson really stepped up in Palmborg's absence.

 

- We were missing 40% of our original starting OL and our All American RB was not been much of a factor yesterday - and we still ran for 480 yards. When our opposition knew it was coming. Yes, Sac State isn't good against the run but we nearly doubled the Hornets average and ran for one of the highest yardage totals in UND history - let's give credit where it is due.

 

- How about JJ's speed. Holy crap.

 

- And how both JJ and Brady just POUND people. Boy is it fun to watch them. 

 

- Our WRs are excellent blockers. That's coaching - both in intention and execution. And the players believe in it. It's great to see.

 

- Kudos to Aplin and Ngyun for their flexibility - moving positions on the OL and having excellent results. As Geaux Sioux pointed out, what a luxury to have Nate so easily slide between positions. I know they recruit OLs with the thought they they be flexible, but my goodness Nguyen can play well at T, G, and C and he deserves a ton of credit.

 

- Great to see Carl Engwall swat that pass that led to Donnell's interception. 

 

- Penalties have not been a major issue of late.

 

- 20 Points in the third quarter, people. 20 POINTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER! That's more like it.

 

- The defense was again outstanding, making a back up QB look like a back up QB and holding Sac State to FGs opportunities. Great job.

 

- To have 3 turnovers and atrocious special teams play and still win by that margin tells us how good this team can be.

 

- The special teams have been atrocious. No doubt they should immediately recruit both a kicker and long snapper (who has largely escaped criticism but has not been good enough, even before the snap yesterday). At this point in the season it does not appear that we will be able to kick a game winning FG of any length, so we will have to adjust our 4th down offensive mindset going forward. The best we can hope for is to clean up the punting game and kick return game because place kicking is too far gone this season.

 

- Our DBs have been great but it drives me nuts to see they tackle with just their shoulders, not their arms. We saw it with Cole in previous seasons and the tradition continues (except for Holm who understands form tackling). Stick and wrap, boys. Stick and wrap. It's football 101.

 

- Our strength of schedule took a hit yesterday with both Sammy and Idaho State losing.

 

- I woke up this morning feeling great about this team. They are improving and heading in the right direction. HUGE game this week. I'm already pumped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments are spot on! I am already long N.Y. forward to Weber!

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11 minutes ago, UNDBIZ said:

I can understand and accept limited mobility, but it's tough to blame his achilles for his shoulder throw tackling.

I agree with you 100%.  As noted in my comments shoulder tackling drives me nuts. 

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1 hour ago, UNDBIZ said:

JJ looked fast on that 90 yarder! But I'm not sure any of the DBs really wanted to catch him either, haha

 JJ’s 90 yarder was very impressive!  He looks fast for a 250 lb’r!

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2 minutes ago, UNDBIZ said:

#23 wanted nothing to do with him. 

#23 making Toivonen look fast which can't be an easy thing to do.

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I just realized that our special teams coach Kostich is originally from Moorhead. I also noticed our kicker Leach is from Moorhead. Is it possible he might of let his home town allegiance affect his judgment on assessing talent for recruiting purposes. 

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Looking at it again it seems the 90 yard run by 33 was a “paint run”: if he’d have been covered in paint no Sac players would’ve needed to wipe their hands. 

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30 minutes ago, The Sicatoka said:

Talk about a win where the coaches have yelling material for Monday. Yeesh. 

And this getting by despite special teams must change. 

Bubba, understandably, was not happy in the post game. Lots to work on. 

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Botched xp is at the 3:20 mark. Peterson failed to cover the ball, but showed some pretty good speed there.

JJ short td run at the 4:45 mark. #49 had no interest in getting between him and the goal line. 

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Peterson tried to run a circle around the ball before grabbing at it....just hop on it, the plays lost at that point. Every time we get a short FG attempt I say to myself, alright here we go Leach, time to build some confidence. Hopefully it starts happening sooner rather than later. Coaches gotta keep telling this kid to keep his head up and get back to practicing because we'll need him sooner or later, regardless if we find another kicker or not. I'm just gonna be happy with two essentially blowout wins and super excited for the battle with Weber State. 

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I didn't read the entire thread. 

What's the injury situation? Tobin? Adeoti? Santiago looked in good spirits on the sideline after he left. Any others of significance?

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23 minutes ago, shep said:

I didn't read the entire thread. 

What's the injury situation? Tobin? Adeoti? Santiago looked in good spirits on the sideline after he left. Any others of significance?

My fingers are crossed on Izzy. Hoping for a meniscus instead of an ACL.... it looked awkward.

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1 hour ago, geaux_sioux said:

My fingers are crossed on Izzy. Hoping for a meniscus instead of an ACL.... it looked awkward.

Yep. It was ackward but not as bad as when Palmborg went down.

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17 minutes ago, Cratter said:

This game solidified Olivera & JJ as the number one and two running backs on the team.

Hot take!

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3 hours ago, Cratter said:

This game solidified Olivera & JJ as the number one and two running backs on the team.

I’ve felt for a while that the offense operates better when Santiago isn’t in the backfield. Defenses just key so damn hard on him that it’s tough to have balance. It’s also nice that Brady and JJ get an extra few yards each carry due to strength.

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JJ and Brady’s style is better suited for unds style.  They hit the hole without hesitation and can shoulder off a potential tackler or simply run them over in the trenches as where Santiago’s style ( home run hitter) , he dances around too much to find a opening. The holes are open for a minimal time....need to take advantage.   Santiago is obviously tremendously talented when healthy .....needs to be out wide with occasional backfield duty. 

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9 hours ago, geaux_sioux said:

I’ve felt for a while that the offense operates better when Santiago isn’t in the backfield. Defenses just key so damn hard on him that it’s tough to have balance. It’s also nice that Brady and JJ get an extra few yards each carry due to strength.

Exactly.  It'd be nice if our offense took advantage of that more often.

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13 hours ago, Cratter said:

This game solidified Oliveira & JJ as the number one and two running backs on the team.

I agree.

Perhaps not popular among some, but this is the truth. 

Santiago, as some did predict, is better suited for a flex role at both RB and WR. His shiftiness in the open field is always a positive thing for UND. Now with Izzy Adeoti perhaps missing some time ...

Oliveira and J.J. are definitely the two best RBs on the roster and they are damn good. 

KEEP FEEDING THE BALL TO THEM BETWEEN THE TACKLES, AND ALONG WITH THE SOLID DEFENSIVE PLAY, UND WILL HAVE A CONTINUED FORMULA FOR SUCCESS THIS SEASON.

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On 10/21/2018 at 10:02 AM, geaux_sioux said:

If the Sac announcers said something you can go ahead and disregard it. At one point JJ was a Montana transfer.

On a scoring play they referred to us as Montana, too. Oh, and Bubba was Buddy. And Toivonen was toy-VO-nen. I'll give 'em a pass on the last one, but seriously... Montana?

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