1. Versus coverage wasn't as bad as I thought. The picture was pretty good, but the announcers left a little to be desired. Especially when they tried to explain how UCLA got a helmet to helmet call while OSU's hit on Brehaut was not called.
2. Ayers lost contain on the reverse for a TD. You take Ayers' exciting, freelancing plays with the blown assignments, but that play stood out.
3. I liked the offensive playcalling for the most part. 55 runs to 19 passes is not balanced, but it was effective. The number of runs kept OSU's offense off the field and out of rhythm. Those long drives tired out OSU's defense and kept UCLA's fresh. Would have I liked to see a bomb to Carroll? Of course, but the staff had a game plan, the kids executed it, and it worked.
4. The offense only turned the ball over once. This also had something to do with the play calling. It came at close to midfield, didn't hurt the team in the long run, and will provide a good learning point to RB. It was a make-able play, IMO, but not necessarily one that was worth the risk. If he is going to throw that ball, he better make sure to put it where the receiver HAS to catch it.
5. The young guys are stepping up. There are two arguments being made on BN: First, the kids should have been playing sooner. They are fast, talented, and obviously making plays. Second, the kids are playing well because they have had time to learn. They wouldn't have played as well had they been thrown into the fire unprepared. I don't think these two theories are mutually exclusive. For example, I think RB could have played well from week 1 this year. Carroll, on the other hand, has needed time to develop as a WR, and I think the practice time has really helped him. Zumalt could not have started this season- his position is too difficult to expect a FR to come in and play. Riley probably could have, but he is being used sparingly and I assume it is because he has only learned a portion of the playbook to date.
IMO, I think CRN has handled playing the younger players well. They have not lost confidence and are turning into true players. I hope to see what CRN if he has two more recruiting classes like the last two.
6. Forbath is human, but he's still one of the best in the country.
7. Bullough called a good game. Holding OSU to 14 points is no small feat. Yes, the D was aided by Chow's conservative gameplan, and I thought OSU's gameplan was pretty awful, but it was still impressive to see the D lock down OSU when it mattered.
8. The team absolutely has to keep momentum. After the game, I immediately began wondering if the team can keep it up in Seattle. It's tough to go on the road on a Thursday night, but it is another OPPORTUNITY for CRN & Co. to show what this program is all about. The Huskies and their crowd will be jacked up, the announcers will undoubtedly rehash CRN's stint at UW repeatedly, and it will probably be cold, rainy, and miserable. That said, what better than a nationally televised game to show recruits that the program is headed in the right direction.