There were definitely points where I thought the D did look better. But overall there are just some massive holes in our defense. The most concerning to me is our inability to get off the field. I get busted coverage that happens to everyone. But just like I wish KB would take the pace down just notch, they have to help themselves out and get off the field.
As long as the offense is scoring it’s all good. But thats’s the rub, if it sputters ot puts everyone in a tougher spot. You already don’t get that break but it’s demoralizing. Everyone is human, eventually.
The whole key to the fast break offense for the D is finding away to get off the field . Something that we have been terrible at this year especially in turnover creation.
I’m of the opinion that if you can run the ball then you do it until they prove they can stop you…regardless of your overall offensive scheme. If they think King can take the punishment he could do wonders for our TOP…and help the D in the process.
To the point of “getting off the field,” the defense allowed a third down conversion rate of a little under 35%. That’s not exceptional, but it’s top 50 in FBS, and much better than our season average.
Tulsa’s season average on offense was over 47%, so by that measure, our defense actually did pretty well.
There was improvement with the defense, but it was still obvious how inept our secondary is. There were some good past break ups and better coverage in certain areas, but they allowed that slant with the tight end so many times it was sickening. It took until the very end of the game for them to finally cover it and surprise surprise they get an interception.
As far as the defense being on the field too long, the front seven would put Tulsa at third and long multiple times but the secondary would give up that slant or some other play for first down. Very infuriating.
So definite improvement, but still a lot more improvement is needed.