On number 4, I thought the same thing about our secondary 2 years ago after we beat Tennessee Tech. later that year, Navy got most of their TDs, maybe all - can’t remember, off of medium to long passes and YAC. TT will be a challenge as will Memphis, SMU, Tulsa, Navy.
On number 5, I think these are two different things. Going for it on 4th and 5 isn’t aggressive if your offense has been anemic all half, it’s foolish unless the game is literally on the line which it wasn’t. The play calling bewilders me too. In my mind, aggressive is running all kinds of plays and formations and sticking with what works until they stop it. We had a few run plays that worked but pass routes that gained more than 5 or 6 didn’t seem to be repeated unless it was the bubble screen which Zona shut down in the second half. How many deep balls did our guys see? Not that many.
My summary - Offense seemed to come to life late in first half only to vanish (or have the rug pulled out from under them?) in 2nd half. D seemed OK as in they bent but didn’t break. Saw too much over-pursuit (yeah, Taylor and company are small and shifty but still an extra week to prepare) and missed tackles. In second half, I think their defensive coaches out-coached our offensive coaches…They made better adjustments.
Nevertheless, in 2015 I expected Louisville to light up our secondary after they way they played Tenn Tech, and yes, they put up 31, but we won. So, I remain hopeful that, if we improve against Rice (fewer penalties, open the playbook past chapter 1) and survive TT, we’ll have a very good season.