Both the offense and defense have had weak moments and strong ones as well.
I began to look at this after seeing a tweet from UH SID David Bassity on Oct 29 about the defense on this site.
I didn’t intend to bash the offense…but when I looked into the ranks of the defenses we played…it was the total opposite. I would say that despite a few 2nd half turnovers, the offense played well enough to beat Memphis.
Back to the defense and your comments…
Arizona…point taken. However, Arizona played Dawkins at QB for the first 4 games…he was benched after 3 ints vs Utah in game 4. Arizona scored 62, 63 and 24 points in his other games…16 vs UH(our 1st game on road west coast). Dawkins season rush stats vs other opps is 43 carries for 7.1 avg…vs UH 13 carries for 26 yards.
Tulsa…both units underperformed. And some extenuating circumstances may have contributed. There was record setting heat that day in Oklahoma.
Our defense vs Tulsa in first half…7 series, 5 punts, 1 Int and 1 TD…on a 1 yd drive following a Postma int returned to 1 yard line. Defense held Tulsa to 93 1st half yards and 2 of 8 on 3rd downs. Up 10-7
2nd half…after UH punt…Tulsa drives 93 yards in 19 plays…we hold to FG…score 10-10
Next series Postma intercepted again and returned to UH 6 yard line…Tulsa scores and we are down 17-10
The rest is history…bottom line Tulsa scored 45 points, but 7 were directly on offense(Postma fumble last min of game) and 14 points indirectly…2 ints returned to 1 and 6 yard lines.
The defense fell apart after that…I think the heat and our lack of depth played a part. After holding to FG
after 19 play drive and then having another int returned to 6 killed them. The offense then went 3 and out on next series and Tulsa broke long run for TD.
The offense scored 17 points vs very bad Tulsa defense.
ECU…defense not pretty to say the least. First the positives…3 turnovers forced that led to 21 points…McDowell pick 6…and offense scored TDs off T. Williams pick in 1st qtr and Egbule fumble recover in 3rd qtr. The last TD was against 3rd team defense for most part…I would say half players on field that drive had not played a defensive down this season. There was no sense getting anyone hurt at that point…especially with bye
week ahead. Game was in hand.