Sean Mannion had an off day with three INTs. One was forced on his way down from a sack and another was a bad read. However, he did enough against this team.
Storm Woods and Malcolm Agnew moved the ball, and Tyler Anderson continues to make surprising plays. Even Jordan Jenkins got in with a key reception. The team had 100 yards.
Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton had to work hard for their yards, but contributed. TE Colby Prince and Woods were also factors. Cooks caused one INT with a bobble that was taken away.
Some blitzes were missed that led to three sacks and there were several holding and false start penalties. There was enough time for Mannion and holes for Woods when needed.
DE Scott Crichton had three sacks and there were times three rushers were able to put pressure on the QB. And the running lanes were plugged.
This was another week where the role was covering receivers and Michael Doctor led the way. When the Cougars tried to run, they were there.
There were three big pass plays given up, but the four INTs -- three by Jordan Poyer -- made up for them. And some of the sacks were coverage sacks.
The returners tried to play a part of the game, but Malcolm Marable made bad decisions coming out of the end zone twice. PK Trevor Romaine hit two field goals, but missed at PAT. At least they weren't in crunch time.
Defensive coordinator Mark Banker has had the answers so far, special teams coach Bruce Read has more coaching up to do and the offensive issues were just a blip.