UNLV won today 30-6 against Idaho State (scoring 27 in the second quarter). Granted Idaho State is not Toledo caliber, but do you think we are in for another shootout? Hope our defense has made some MAJOR improvements...
Granted, Idaho State isn't that great of a team. They averaged 2.1 yards rushing, and still had no problem passing for 288 yards on UNLV. UNLV also converted 6-16 3rd downs, and 3-4 4th downs, saying that most of those 54 points were scored on home run drives where the opposition couldn't even stop them on 1st and 2nd down. They also had 26 first downs compared to Idaho State's 21 first downs.
Definitely not a given. But after a few days to get my heart rate back to normal, I think the Toledo win was a big one. They immediately were tested with the ghosts of seasons past....going into overtime with the other team having all the momentum. And they still found a way to turn it around and win. I think that will be huge for the future. Now if they could get one big non-Hawkeye statement win!
UNLV will try to make it a free wheeling pass fest because that’s the only way they can win. But ISU can defend the few good players they have.
Coach Mac is still looking for the “must have” ISU running game and he is on the verge of finding it. Expect Stevie H with 125 yards plus and Josh Johnson to run the ball for the first time (with success). The short yardage passing game will be utilized to keep UNLV honest. Kock will be brought in on third down and ISU will simply pound the ball play after play.
Mac must establish the run so that future opponents worry about another dimension in their preparation. My Prediction. Rudy
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