That was pretty cool.
I'm not sure we absolutely needed to win yesterday to make the statement that our program is back on the national scene, but it sure did help. Win or loose, the way we played was enough to raise some eyebrows and make some heads nod around the country. We looked comfortable on offense, and, save for a few mistakes, our secondary was pretty decent against arguably the second best offense we will face this year. All in-all, it was a huge win for confidence alone.
But all of that is moot compared to what actually happened on the field yesterday.
There was a point late in yesterday's game that I said to myself, "We are for sure good enough to win this game, but I'm not sure we are mature enough to make it happen."
I stand majorly corrected.
This team had multiple chances to mentally fold this game and give up a win that was ours for the taking. But they didn't. Untimely interceptions, a few blown leads, missed open receivers, and dropped touchdown passes were all overcome. The short memory, focus, and drive of this team is something that we did not see all of last year. How many close games like this did we lose in 2008 due to general inexperience and confusion? It would appear that that is becoming a thing of the past.
I was proud to see our team perform like they did yesterday, and it was a timely win for a program that is trying hard to make a statement. All in all, a very impressive win. It's clear that we need to make some adjustments and still have a lot of things to learn. But we are doing some serious growing up, and we are doing it mighty fast.
In other news...
It would appear that Tate Forcier has a pretty firm grasp on the starting QB job for at least the next few weeks. TF exceeded all expectations yesterday, looking like a seasoned veteran for the entire game save for a few mistakes. In my account, TF made no major errors, and as a fan, I feel much more comfortable with him at the helm. Even the late interception he threw didn't prove to be costly, due to his short memory and ability to let it roll right off of his back and get out there and keep firing. Also, let's not forget how badly he broke that guy's ankles on his TD run. This is not to say that Denard Robinson won't get some snaps in the coming weeks (especially as we play some scrubby teams), but I think his playing time will be limited and mostly in specialty packages as long as TF continues to play like he did this week.
Thoughts? Comments? Disagreements? Bring it on...