September 23, 2007

Tiger grade card vs. Illinois State

The Tigers completed an unbeaten non-conference slate for the second season in a row with a ho-hum 38-17 win over Illinois State at Faurot Field on Saturday. covered every angle of the game and now hands out our grades:


You cannot get caught up in the stats. Yes, Chase Daniel threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns. But he missed quite a few open receivers. He held the ball too long. He threw two picks. Is it unfair to hold him to such a high standard? He does it himself. "It's a good thing those guys (running backs) played well, because I didn't," he said after the game. Like it or not, this was a below average performance for Daniel.

Final Grade: C-

Running Backs

The best thing may be that the Tigers trotted out five of them in the first half alone. And all five ran for at least 14 yards on the day. Tony Temple is an all-Big 12 type back who has proven the first game performance against Illinois was the exception, not the rule. Marcus Woods bounced back from injury and averaged seven yards a carry. Jimmy Jackson had some nice plays. Derrick Washington showed what he can bring on a tough 25-yard, over the middle reception. The Tigers ran for 240 yards and Daniel only ran once. That, you like to see. Even better, the running backs caught four passes, a couple even on designed plays, including a screen pass for a touchdown to Temple.

Final Grade: A

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