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Subject: Re: So why was this game so close? Bit From the Blog

Shaler Tom
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Date Posted: Sunday, October 02, 10:55:33am
In reply to: Coffee 's message, "So why was this game so close? Bit From the Blog" on Sunday, October 02, 08:23:57am

I think the weather played a role in the Duke's not being able to put the Bulldogs away. The field was a little tricky, the wind and the rain were formidable and the play calling as a result was conservative. I saw Dixon and Spragg both slip on their routes, Patterson had some trouble with his grip and Leventry muffed a snap that fortunately worked out for us. Play this game on a clear, calm autumn afternoon and this game wouldn't have been that close.

Also, don't forget that Bryant is a pretty darn good football team. They only lost to Maine by a couple of scores....the same Maine team that yesterday beat
#5 Delaware and earlier almost upset Pitt. Bryant is primarily a big, strong, running team that wants to control the clock and push you around. Yesterday's conditions were an advantage to them.

That said, the Duke's did what they had to do. Defensively, they were very tough, holding Jordan Brown to less than 4 yrds a carry. Turnovers resulted in two of the Bulldog's TDs and a third was a 70 yard pass when our DB slipped on the wet turf.

Offensively it wasn't pretty but we moved the ball quite well given the conditions. Larry McCoy took a pounding yesterday and still gained over 150 yds, and I loved the pass to Brian Layhue over the middle. We need to see more of that. But it was the awesome display of Connor Dixon that wowed me. The kid has 8 TDs now in 5 games. He was denied a 4th TD yesterday when a Bryant DB mugged him in the endzone for pass interference setting up McCoy's TD. Defenses just can't stop this guy. The first TD was one of the finest catches I've EVER seen. He turns the DB completely around, adjusts to a poor throw, has his jersey almost torn of him by a beaten cornerback and makes the catch of a wet ball. Incredible!

Charlie Leventry avg over 40 yrds a punt and put 4-5 inside the twenty. A great performance on a terrible day.

So friends, I think this team came together yesterday and refused to lose. Confidence is building and should continue next week in Albany. One last thing....I hadn't seen Dorian Bell since he played at Gateway. Damn, is he put together or what???

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Date Posted: Sunday, October 02, 11:14:19am

I didn't mean to sound negative and the Dukes did win an exciting game. If I were coach I'd be VERY pleased but still would realize that this team can take it to an even higher level. This could be the best team the Dukes have had in a long time.

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