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    • #167638

      Ute Dub
      Ute Fan

      What did we figure out last year? How did we figure out how to score consistently within the 5 yard line of the end zone? Was it Tavion Thomas? Was it the 3 TE set? Was it Bam? Seems like we ran a lot of gap right blocking and then would let the RB choose a hole. 

      In years past when we would drive the ball within the 5 yard line of the end zone I would look at my dad and say, “This is the worst possible position we could be in right now to get a touchdown!” Obviously Tavion had 21 TD’s in one season. What a gamer! I’m hoping this OL and Tavion punch repeats for 2022-23.

    • #167641

      Ute Fan

      Remember Utah @ Cal in like 2016? We had something like 7 plays from the 9 at the end, including 1st and goal from the 2 (with Zack Moss) and lost…

      • #167648

        Ute Dub
        Ute Fan

        Yes! I can feel the insanity even now. There was a negative correlation once we got inside the 5 yard line as far as how close we were to the end zone to the chance of getting a TD. 

        • #167650

          Ute Fan

          From up to 10 yards out, it’s Tavion time. Dude was automatic last year. Never had that much red zone confidence as a Utah fan before and it was awesome. Seemed like a guarantee we’d score. 

      • #167651

        Ute Fan

        Woof. And USC in 2019.

        • #167653

          Ute Fan

          Ugh…saw that live. Still have nightmares about that game. Combination of better players and better scheme I think. Ludwig is pretty good.

          • #167664

            Ute Fan

            Same here. My brother and I had goal line seats where those plays happened.  Never have I been so exhausted with “we got it “……….to nope. 

            Left walking thru campus row with tail between legs. CAL fans were cool though. They know they escaped. 

      • #167656

        Ute Fan

        There was a good hole, but Zack was young and missed it. Saw it live. Exciting but disappointing ending.

    • #167657

      Ute Fan

      Previously teams would run-blitz very heavily on short yardage and close to the goal line b/c we didn’t have very many threats that could quickly get open. Combination of Risings quick processing and the excellent tight end play slows the backers and safeties, opening running lanes. 

    • #167661

      D T
      Ute Fan

      I remember failing in Corvallis last year…..That was painful to witness.

      But otherwise we were essentially money in that position w/CR & TT.

    • #167675

      Ute Fan

      A contributing factor in my mind is offensive scheme and spread with run/pass option vs more pro style with play action pass.

      When we rely upon the run/pass option, the O-line is trained to not block downfield in order to avoid an illegal man downfield penalty.

      In a play action pass offense, the play is called (run or pass) and the O line can block accordingly.

      In the years where we have heavy called run plays, I just remember the O line getting more push consistently. And I think that is in how we recruit, practice and execute.

      Plus Tavion is a beast, particularly in the red zone.

      My thoughts.

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