Well, even though that game sure had its ugly moments, a win on Labour Day is the right way to open that stadium. I had to like the play the first play there happened: Landry forcing a player on that team to fumble, and Plesius recovering it.
Collaros and the defence do deserve credit for this win. I mentioned these numbers in the game thread, and I'll post them again here:
Name Comp Att Yards TD Int
COLLAROS, Z 27 38 317 1 0
RAY, R 16 29 142 1 1
If people were placing bets on when Ray would hit the 50k career passing yard mark, I would think that most would have wagered that he would have joined that 50k club in the 1st quarter, or possibly the second. Instead, it happened in the 4th quarter. Although it is true that there were dropped passes, the defence deserves credit. They got 4 or 5 sacks, and I'd like to see this team get sack numbers like those more often. And Ray's countdown to 50k passing yards sometimes went in the opposite direction after some tackles for losses.
Masoli fumbling it away on 1st and goal from the 1, and Madu fumbling it on the offence's last play when he just needed to protect it for the easy FG attempt were indeed brutal. And Grant and Madu dropped what would have been TD passes. But hopefully Madu and Grant did well other than that. And Grant got that historic first TD at THF. And it seems appropriate that after that TD, he gave this ball to this guy:
That was a moment I'll remember. And I'll also remember seeing this: