Friday, September 19, 2008

Job 1:20

Back when President Red Andrews covered the B over at Bearmeat, he often related his coverage of the football game to Scripture. Out of respect for Red, we're doing the same tonight. Job 1:21 says "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised."

Twice the Bears made defensive stops in their own territory, picking UConn passes off to avert a score. Early in the fourth quarter, the Bears were given a new life with a roughing the passer penalty that erased a Robert Griffin interception. The Bears marched the rest of the way to the end zone, capped off by Griffin's third TD pass of the night to take a 28-24 lead. The Bears even held the Huskies to a three and out on their next possession, but a 55 yard punt pinned the Bears in the shadow of their own goalposts. Three plays and a near safety later, the Bears punted from their own 9. A 35 yard punt was fumbled by the Huskies, but Jordan Lake was penalized for kick catch interference. A replay of the play showed a Husky attempting to block Lake was the one to run into his own player, causing the melee that pushed the ball back into Connecticut territory. Nonetheless, the penalty stood. Instead of a Husky drive starting on their side of the field, they were now starting on the Bear 29.

The B defense had made necessary stops all night, but wasn't able to on this occasion, and UConn took a lead they would never relinquish. Griffin drove the Bears to the UConn 29 late in the fourth, but a fourth down pass to Kendall Wright fell incomplete and Connecticutt ran out the clock.

Robert Griffin has to be exceeding all expectations. I had figured the Cream, as Art Briles calls him, would be starting QB this year, but I had estimated he would be a typical freshman, with a maddening mix of phenomenal plays and astoundingly inept plays. His inept plays are few and far between, and the superior plays by far outweigh them.

Griffin is not the only good football player on this team. Pawelek is a force as a linebacker while Wright, Gettis and Finley are genuine offensive threats and are benefiting tremendously from Griffin on the field and Briles pulling the strings on the sideline.

UConn is a good football team. This team went 9-4 in 2007, and beat Rutgers and South Florida last year. The Bears nearly pulled off a road win against a team of this caliber, and they've definitely shown they're going to cause some trouble in the Big 12 this year.

Maybe that writer who picked them ahead of the Aggie in the Big 12 South new something after all.


Red Dawg said...

I'm amazed that the Bears were this close. They have made great strides since first game. The Bears will be entretaining AND competitive.

poopsandwich said...

Well, we ain't gonna beat the Land Thieves, but, I think we may shock a acouple this year. Maybe cash machine U, maybe Okie Lite. We actually have a chance against some of the Big 12!!