I can’t say anything about the win Saturday night that hasn’t already been said elsewhere. You watched the same game I did, and it is obvious. First half was sluggish, Second half we wore them down and Aaron Murray settled down and Jarvis Jones put the game in his own hands (literally).
I woke up Saturday morning feeling at peace about the game and what would happen. I didn’t fret too much about it. How it happened was how I thought it would. I felt like it would be like the 2010 Independence Bowl against Texas A&M. It would be close early, then big non-offensive plays would put us ahead for good.
I think the coaching staff deserves a ton of credit. I told Kensington Sunday that Saturday was the best coaching performance since the 2007 Auburn game. Everything from the preperation, to withstanding the early blows, to making good halftime adjustments. I think Coach Bobo especially did a nice job of making good 2nd half adjustments. Murray had a really good 2nd half, going 12/18 with 2 TD.
There were some mistakes and things that need to be sharpened up. The running game, outside of Gurley’s one 44 yard scamper, was not really much of a factor. The offensive line needs to improve and the ghost of Dr. John Eason reared its ugly head when the receivers were dropping so many passes. As sharp as Aaron Murray was the last drive of the 1st half and whole 2nd half, he has to come and show up for a whole game. These mistakes will cost us against South Carolina (and possiblyTennessee).
But overall, it was as good as win for the program as we have seen in a long time. And the great thing is, when we get the 4 guys back on defense and as the Offensive Line matures, as the season progresses, we should only get better.