Well, if you can only play well for one quarter I guess the 4th is the one to choose. The first 45 minutes, though, were a cold dose of reality. Our offense is still capable of frustrating inconsistency. Our defense will still give up too many quick scoring drives.
The good? The defense actually played a lot better in the second half. Only 3 points allowed, and that FG was largely because of a turnover. Once Niles Paul gave us some breathing room, the offense started to look competent. Helu looked great, and might have moved in front of Lucky on the depth chart. Most importantly, the whole team did show the ability to finish strong.
Obviously, not a great game. There were an inexcusable number of penalties, and the offense is going to have to be a hundred times more effective if we're going to bail the defense out against better teams. But we knew this team had some weaknesses, and with a new staff you have to assume there will be some stumbles.
#3 Ohio State had an even closer call against Solich's Ohio Bobcats. College football is just like that these days, and a rebuilding team, like us, will be even more susceptible to these kinds of games.