We didn’t pressure a true freshman qb early, and he was allowed to get into a rhythm. At the same time our four linebackers rarely came forward in pass rush/run support nor dropped to help in coverage, just maintained a soft zone where Tech never threw into. This is all scheme that most of us could have recommended better going into the game.
That qb had the game of his life. Extremely accurate at all ranges, able to throw touch and bullets as required. Their receivers dropped maybe two, and not till the 4th quarter. Can’t teach that, they just all performed 110% which is hard to get college kids to do.
We have no depth. We knew it because of Arizona, but it really bit today. I mostly blame this on Herman. He had a defense full of NFL players and barely recruited replacements. Those he did recruit either followed him or went other places, either way we don’t have them now. We have a makeshift secondary in year 2 of a new scheme, where Tech has had several years of relative stability to build.
There are certainly others, but these stand out most to me.