Sad Sad Loss...
The one thing that I cannot absoulutely tolerate is stupid penalties. I'm talking about the 15 yarders for unsportsmanlike conduct. We got like at least 4 of these throughout the game and it's just frickin' pathetic and idiotic. There was a time during June Jones's era where these types of penalties were common and I was livid. And it seems to be happening again. What does it stem from? A severe lack of discipline.
I have a gut feeling that former UH coach Dick Tomey, now coach of the San Jose State Spartans may have had a hand in this. After coaching here for so long, he must have a feel for the "local" short temper and the forever playing with the chip on the shoulder attitude and never back down personality of our local boys. I have a suspicion that he told his D-lineman to continually talk trash to UH O-lineman to try and trigger a reaction and if this was indeed his plan, he was successful. 15 yard unsportsmanlike penalties absolutely killed us. We just have to get rid of this kind of street mentality and just play football. The scoreboard speaks for itself, not your words or actions. And this comes down to the coaching staff. They have to have a better grip on their players.
Speaking of coaching...what was with the 55 yard FG attempt? Yeah, Kelly's proven he's got a strong leg but look at his performance this year thus far...he's been very inconsistent. Plus, the way the D was playing all game, I'd punt the ball and pin them back and try to get the ball back in good field position. The punter had already pinned 2 punts inside the 10 earlier in the game. Let him do it again! But no, Coach Mac decided to let Kelly try a FG that even pros would have a hard time committing. Bad mistake.
And I realize that Graunke was nursing a sore hand and that's why he didn't start the game and also why Funaki was left in so long despite his poor performance, but we simply need to find an answer at QB. This was our 4th game and we've had guys go from #1 to #3 or #4 and the #4 go to #1. This in all in a span of a month. This screams of desperation and no trust in the QB position.
Also, we had 2 weeks to prepare for this game with the bye last week. What the hell did they practice during those 2 weeks? We couldn't execute a single damn play. Funaki looked totally lost out there. Uhm...wasn't he taking majority of snaps in practice for the last 2 weeks? What the hell were they practiciing?
It's too bad Pilares got hurt in the 1st half. He was playing lights out. If he had stayed in, it could've made a difference. And yet, this is a guy who's supposed to play WR this year. Yup....talk about no one knowing what they're doing on the coaching staff.
I felt really terrible for the defense. They played their hearts out and were awesome. They forced so many 3 and outs and held their ground when the offense kept turning it over, 3 times on the first play of the drive. But you're gonna be fighting an uphill battle when your offense turns it over 6 times in a game, 5 times in the 2nd half alone.
I'm not ready to crucify Coach Mac yet, but I never was a fan of his hiring. I didn't like him as a DC last year and we paid way too much to a guy who has no head coaching experience. But it's still too early to give him the axe, way too early. Especially in a rebuilding year. But what the fans do need to see at the least is more discipline, better play execution, and better decision making.
We go to Fresno State next week....be afraid. Be very afraid.