September 5, 2009 at 11:41 pm #634
some incredible stats:
T.O.P. 44 min to 16.
yards 405 vs. 184.
1st downs 24-11.
QB 17-21 compared to 7-29 (& 3 INTs).
Amazingly we only lost by only 1 TD.September 5, 2009 at 11:52 pm #635
Wait ’til next week if you think that this is rock bottom. I was at the Temple – Villanova game Thursday night. Villanova is very, very talented. It’s going to be U-G-L-Y! :shock:
By the way, the small number of posts after such a horrific, pathetic performance by both the team and the coaches indicates the level of apathy that has permeated the entire program including the fan base.September 6, 2009 at 12:03 am #636
agreed. and only 6,100 fans on opening day in great weather.
last year’s small attendence on opening day (and in ’06 too) was understandable b/c of the terrible weather. but what’s today’s weak attendence excuse? :?:September 6, 2009 at 12:04 am #637
I think most people are stunned into silence by the ineptitude that has befallen "Air Lehigh."
The offensive game plan was horrible and Clark may have had the worst passing game of any Lehigh quarterback since the forward pass was legalized. Making matters worse, the weather was great and he had little pressure on him.September 6, 2009 at 12:27 am #638
As pissed as I am about the way we played today we are farfrom rockbottom, altho next week will surely push us closer to the ledge. We have the talent why are we so unprepared?
The lack of preparation on the O stuns me. Perhaps it was Clark who was remarkably bad for a veteran qb,as noted by ngineer, he had an open TE in endzone, no pressure and threw an int. But again as too often over the last 3 yrs we did not show up in the 4th period. I take no solace that we only lost by a td . We lost.
Coaching coaching coaching :evil:September 6, 2009 at 12:53 am #639
Believe me, Lehigh is not at rock bottom.September 6, 2009 at 3:16 am #640
Nice pun DFW.
Yes, I don’t know if our talent is not there, we were not in shape for the heat, and/or lack of preparation (looking ahead to VU?). Alot of people were taking CCSU for granted, thinking they were the same ol’ from 2001. The ineptitude of the offense, though has to start with the OC and HC. If Clark doesn’t show something against VU, and I’m not saying he has to win the game, then perhaps going to Lum will be needed. Competition is supposed to make athletes better. We may well be ‘okay’ for the bulk of the season, but the PL is no longer a league that can really compete with scholarship programs. Athleticism is the key and we were pushed around today by a team significantly smaller than ours. But theirs were either in better shape, better athletes, or better coached. Opening day debacles like this can be misleading. The mark of a team is how much (if any) it improves in week 2. The way the team plays at VU will tell us alot.September 6, 2009 at 11:40 am #642
Was at the game, and I too agree that the offense looked weak. However, I think a lot of posters are not giving CCSU enough credit.
Some of my observations:
First quarter was a disaster, for us and CCSU both.
Clark did not look sharp, no question, but the receivers were not getting much separation all day. Especially on the outside, CCSU corners were locking down Drwal and Gordon. CCSU defenders controlled all of the jump balls. In my view was the biggest problem for the offense all day. Zurn looked to be open in the middle of the field a few times and Clark did not get him the ball.
One completion to the tight end, I think only one thrown too.
Not enough running formations or running plays.
CCSU has a very strong running game and seems to have added better passing schemes than last year (basing this on last year stats). Our D did not look bad given that they were on the field all day. Key injuries (no Winnett no Pierce and Troy Taylor out early) did not help.
Time of possession very lopsided, due to weak showing by O and compounded by the fact that we scored two of our touchdowns quickly (Kennedy return and long pass to Drwal).
All three PATs made with no drama
Kick offs were solid, but coverage was not up to last years standards. Really miss Troy on kick off coverage.
Pass protection was generally good, no hot receivers to counter blitz’s.
Campbell and Walker ran hard, but not enough carries or offensive rhythm to really judge.
It may turn out that CCSU is a much better team than we are giving them credit for and Lehigh may well be the improved team that we all expect. This game was a big disappointment, but I am not ready to throw in the towel. Let’s see what the next two weeks bring.September 6, 2009 at 2:43 pm #643
Thanks Van, nice to hear that ST and kicking are OK just finished watching video of game. CCSU dbs a major reason for Clark’s day, our wrs did not get much separation and failed to catch in a crowd. He was still terrible tho. OL not given much of a chance to wear down CCSUkids. Why didn’t we run more. Seems Trey used long balls to set up running attck. Didn’t work . Hindsight should have benn other way round. If anything I think we would have tried to controlball. Ihave no clue what Trey was thinking. Must be what Coen meant in post game by his comment redoing team schemes.. He clearly was pissed at poor planning and performance :xSeptember 7, 2009 at 1:51 am #647
Either Central Connecticut is one of the top 5 teams in division 1AA or we are going to have a very long season!
I would have a short leash on Clark if performance is this poor in first half of Villanova game since apparently Lum is quite talented.
What’s with all the sideline passes when the center of the field was wide open?September 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm #648
I think the play calling was a significant part of the problem with low percentage passes called and the fact that the team did not gain control via running and more high percentage passing plays. I think Lehigh football is in a situation where another sloppy season would be quite harmful. Let’s all hope they turn things around.September 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm #649
Being a masochist at heart , watched video 2x. GiveCCSU their due they were faster , more agile and put us back on our heels early and we never recovered.Playcalling a complete mystery. Middle open we throw sidelines. Short quick routes there ,no we keepthrowing long.I think Trey was too impressed with our speed against ourselves never got around to seeing their dbs were faster. OL wasok and seems that they could have run all day for 5-6 a clipbut we never did.
Hope Troy not serious injury. D OK but not dominant at all. CCSU scheme seemed to dictate play. They seemed to convert an unholy amount of 3rd downs.
MY question for the week is IS our talent level as high as it seems to be based on the caliber of kids Andy has recruited? If so, then next Q is what did the Coaches do to prepare this team to play?
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