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This time we got beat.  And it doesn't matter that we might have outplayed them in the second half.  We got beat.

The rain totally negated our team speed.  I cant think of any other reason we looked so slow.  I wish this was a problem that the bulls will only have once a decade, but unfortunately, in the Big East there are a few locales that will always have these issues. 

The mistakes are ridiculous.  If it wasn't a false start, it was a holding.  If it wasn't a holding it was a pass interference.  If it wasn't that, recievers were dropping balls. 

The worst tackling I have ever seen.  This was on par with the first half of the Auburn game.  Except, this time we managed to sustain such poor fundamentals for the entire game.  I'm not sure I had seen 5 deep backs "tackle" a reciever before, and the WR manage to still be standing.

And after all of that, we still had a chance to tie at the end of the game.  Unfortunately live by the sword, die by the sword.  While Matt Grothe is an amazing talent, sometimes the gun slinger ability that makes him so great can back fire.  This time it was a bad sack on the bootleg that put us 11 yards away on 4th and goal.  I don't fault him for it though.  With his ability to make plays, there will be bumps along the way.  There will be amazing runs and bad sacks.  But we should have never been in that position.  Without all the dropped passes, bad tackling, and penalties. 

We withstood their 1st half run and made too many mistakes to come back and win.

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Yep.  Too many mistakes.  That said, just like in the Rutgers game we could have won this one even with the ridiculous mistakes so it it is a hard one to take in.

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I couldnt agree more.

  Cedric Hill lets one hit him in the chest in the flippin endzone.

  Grothe's 2 ints.

  O-line play.

Poor tackling/coverage.

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Did CHill actually hold?

yes although it wasn't a huge hold-- it was at the point of attack and a valid call imo

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Bottom line:  inside the 5 on the last 2 possessions, only 3 points to show for it.  We had our chances but didn't deserve to win.

BTW....alot has been made of the rain affecting our team speed and the passing game.  Anyone think it might have had something to do with our poor tackling?

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it's about time we blamed our undisciplined players for their stupid penalties and not the refs for flagging the obvious penalties

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Did CHill actually hold?

yes although it wasn't a huge hold-- it was at the point of attack and a valid call imo

I have to disagree Mike.  I have watched that play a couple of times and I cannot see the hold.  Just my opinion.  we just can't seem to catch the breaks that got us to 6-0.

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Bottom line:  inside the 5 on the last 2 possessions, only 3 points to show for it.  We had our chances but didn't deserve to win.

BTW....alot has been made of the rain affecting our team speed and the passing game.  Anyone think it might have had something to do with our poor tackling?

I don't think so.  It wasn't raining in New Jersey and a certain corner back I have now called out repeatedly resorted to back pedalling and grabbing Rice's facemask.  Also the huge touchdown pass when Underwood was hit when he caught it.  No wrapping up.  And on one of Rutgers last kickoff returns they got it to midfield because of poor tackling.  Wet or dry, shoulders don't tackle, arms do.

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