Twenty-eight points

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a game just given away like that – a game that should have been won by the Dawgs in the first quarter. Three touchdowns off Dawgs’ turnovers. A fake punt for a touchdown. It’s just not possible to win games doing that. And the worst thing is, we still had a chance until the last turnover.

I watched us play some terrible football today. Yet, at times, there was much to pleased with. South Carolina, while being beatable, was still good enough to weather their mistakes and take advantage of ours. We are a good team if we don’t make mistakes. But we’re not a good enough team right now to avoid making these mistakes and, as was just proven, we’re certainly not able to overcome them.

It’s completely maddening and heartbreaking. However, perhaps I’ve grown somewhat inured to this feeling inside right now. Or perhaps the sucking chest wound-like sting of this loss is slightly tempered by some of what I saw today. We fought. We made it extra hard on ourselves. But we fought.

Go Dawgs!

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6 Responses to “Twenty-eight points”

  1. I liked the fight. I enjoyed the fight. Crowell, man, Crowell is awesome!!!

  2. Some old coach once said, “We didn’t lose…The clock just ran out..”

  3. Heck, make it 31. That FG was huge.

    I think we learned two things today: we can be a great team and USCe is beatable. The east isn’t locked up, for sure. I think the remainder of the season will be very interesting, it just stinks to be in a hole already.

    Go Dawgs.

    • You’re absolutely right. Blair Walsh has been so automatic that I’ve kind of taken his skills for granted and glossed over his missed field goal because it’s not something I ever really have to think about. I’m pretty sure Blair’s beating himself up over it.
      Looking at the replay, it appeared as if the snap might have been slightly mishandled, which apparently threw off Walsh’s rhythm.

      While the remainder of our schedule looks very manageable, Mississippi State still scares me to death. This fear was slightly tempered yesterday by their loss to Auburn and how many points their defense gave up. ‘Course, Gus Malzahn had a lot to do with that. And I’m sure the Starkville Dogs are missing Manny Diaz a little bit.

      But the combination of Ballard and Relf is something to be reckoned with. If our Dawgs can keep making improvements like they did from week 1 to week 2, it should be a hell of a game.

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