Yeah that was a pretty big egg laid, and from what I can tell, three major factors caused this.
The first was we didn’t rush, like at all. We were in perpetual shotgun the entire game. Is it really surprising that their Defence started to key on Zach? This has been a long outstanding issue with coach Austin and has become more common since Ptaszek took over. It just seemed we were in perpetual shotgun, which needs to stop.
The second was our Offensive line was simply out classed. 27-28 tends to be where O-Linemen start to come into their own. We started a 23 year old, a 25 year old. I’m sorry, but a lot of this falls on Tillman. While we do have a decent core of non-import linemen, there isn’t really a good reason I can see why we should be left starting a 23 year old, International lineman (the spot which used to belong to Peter Dyakowski). Sadly, making a trade at this point seems unlikely. As unimpressed as I was with Zach commenting about his line, he is right and I can understand his frustration. He’s just come back from his second injury and the other team is being allowed to tee-off on him.
The third was our secondary. We did a good job of squelching the run, and getting pressure on Ray, but to have use run man coverage that much with Kaneh and Butler out of commission. It was a recipe for disaster, and would have much rather seen more zone.
Just my take on it. Two of these items fall on the coaching staff, and one of these items falls on the GM. If we don’t shore up that Offensive Line moving forward, we are in for a long season.