What I suggest to anyone interested is to watch it again. It’s very easy to say “we changed, why””. As fans we watch the ball and if a receiver catches ball with room it’s “soft zone” etc. Not always case.
Imo Memphis changed.
Ferguson threw into coverage in 2nd half . They couldn’t afford to have time consuming drives being down 17 and knowing UH would score more.
The KO return was huge…7 points and no time used.
Terrell Williams is bad with all in air. He and Myers both got beAt deep in Cover 3 by a 1 WR route to boundary side. TW called for face mask at end play as well.
Myers got beat by a stutter move…pass interference at goaline…caught up but never turned around. Jumped in WR chest.
K Williams pass int on 3rd down first drive 2nd half. No reason for it. Never looked for ball which was thrown low and would never be caught. Johnson was called for holding on same play
We had A dropped int in end zone. Game changer
Khalil also dropped a int on last drive on sideline…wasn’t easy one but hit him in chest.
Ferguson avoided being sacked for losses of 12 and 15 yards. UH rushed 5 most of time. Played man, man under Cover 2, Cover 3. Showed traditional Cover 2 at snap and dropped Davis as Robber while Winchester showed man and then dropped to safety spot. It was not vanilla. On the last drive, they attacked Austin Robinson with TE for winning TD. He missed jam and got beat. It was his first game stariting for Adams.
Did anyone think we would shut them out ? I knew points were coming in 2nd half…was hoping 21 the most.
They had 700 yards vs UCF and 48 in regulation in AAC champ game. First time they played, Memphis scores 14. Why didn’t they shut them down again?
If UH had given up a TD every other drive for entire game and gave up 35, most would have said D played well.
The fact that it came all in 2nd half makes it look worse. I get it.
2016…Memphis scores on all 6 1st half drives…34 points. 2nd half UH shuts them down for entire 3rd quarter and half of 4th…they then scored 2 TDS in last 7 mins.
Bottom line…they had a really good offense last 2 years.