October 17, 2011
He said. She said. Lots of questions.
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In the six years of covering the Beavers, I can't stress enough on how many times Coach Riley has stated the importance of running a balanced offense. He's stated time and time again how if the Beavers aren't balanced, they aren't going to win games.
It has been interesting to watch the offense, which seems to abandon the run at the first sign of trouble. Based on the philosophy, they act as if they are down by three scores when they aren't. Against Arizona State and now again against BYU, the Beaver's are down by a very manageable score and the run game gets shelved for a pass happy attack.
This pass happy attack leads to turnovers
and turnovers lead to losses.
Sean Mannion is better than his numbers are showing, but when defenses know that a team is going to throw, it makes their job exponentially easier. It is like the offensive coordinator gets deer in the headlights and hits the panic button as soon as the Beavs fall behind.
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