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Ahven D'Gale

[2023] Pounding the Rock-ies Week 12 Review

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Hello all, and welcome back to Pounding the Rock-ies!

 

The MWC matchup that the nation had circled has finally occured! UNLV vs Bye Week! Boy, was it a thriller. A tense back and forth match where both defenses dominated. However, when the dust finally settled, UNLV came away with yet another disappointing loss. Luckily, their fans haven't been to the stadium in months, so most of the disappointment was quickly fixed with another round.

 

Saturday Night Football

Air Force Falcons @ Utah State Aggies

AF:

Positives:  The Falcons got a win here! A balanced offensive attack and strong defensive effort in the second half gave a big step towards a bowl!

Negatives: Talk about a tough first half. If not for a turnover a field goal as the half was ending, @stinsy's squad would've gone to the locker rooms down 17-7.

Looking Ahead: They are not officially eliminated from winning the division, but being down a game and a tiebreaker to Boise State is a tough spot to be. They have a bye next week followed by a trip to Wyoming.

 

USU:

Positives: The Aggies pushed the Falcons to the brink.

Negatives: @Ncallis8 couldn't get Farmer to be more efficient. Completing ~50% of your passes is not a recipe for success.

Looking Ahead: The crootin' trail is where the Aggies should focus the rest of their season. With a mostly full class, they can go all in on one talented player to try and center around.

 

 

San Jose State Spartans @ Boise State Broncos

SJSU:

Positives:  The second half. Yes, the first half wasn't ideal, but this Spartans team led by @redeye4 is learning who they are and how to fight.

Negatives: Boise was just the more talented team on the field. Despite filling the hole on running plays, Spartans were getting bowled over by Henderson.

Looking Ahead: Coach seems to want to stick around for the long haul here, and it will be a rewarding project once complete!

 

BSU:

Positives: The balance that @Azul has struck on offense is nearly impossible to defend. Cannon and Henderson have their sights on a matchup with SDSU in the CCG!

Negatives:  The second half needed some work, but the players going on cruise control can be forgiven by the fans. 

Looking Ahead: They control their own destiny, and should be playing to take the Mountain West crown for the rest of the year.

 

 

Wyoming Cowboys @ Nevada Wolfpack

Wyo:

Positives:  The opening game plan developed by @SyndaKyt was fantastic. Truly set his guys up for success! 

Negatives: There are things called halftime adjustments. Apparently, nobody told the Cowboys that they should continue to punch.

Looking Ahead: A bowl bid is now out of the question, but taking a win against Boise would lift the Cowboy spirits.

 

Nev:

Positives:  A balanced gameplan by @Joopear led to a solid win for the Wolfpack. The defense learned in the second half, and it delivered the victory.

Negatives: The first half was scary for the home team. The fear of this upstart Cowboy team was palpable, and it never fully went away.

Looking Ahead: One win away from a bowl bid. With SJSU and UNLV still on the schedule, they should be bowling! In fact, with some help, they can win the MWC. Of course, that help would have to come from UNLV or SJSU...so...a bowl bid is the goal!

 

 

 

Officially Unofficial Mountain Best Game of the Week

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors @ San Diego State Aztecs

 

Nationally, this match up was considered to be the de-facto MWC Championship game. It was considered to have huge playoff implications. Difficult OOC scheduling may have taken off some of the luster, but it is still a game that everyone in the MWC has been looking forward to.

 

Edmondson and Youngblood met at the 50 for the coinflip. This was the only time they would both be on the field at the same time, but the ice cold handshake showed how desperately both (SR)'s wanted this game. The Aztecs struck first with a heavy dose of Garrett pounding the Rainbow defense. After trading punts, Youngblood hit Mulinu'u for two of his three catches on the day, including a 20 yard TD strike. After driving for another touchdown on their following drive, the Warriors were set to enter the half up by 7. Edmondson and Sharpe had different plans as they connect for three catches placing the Aztecs on the two yard line. After using their third and final timeout, @pumph elected to hand the ball off to Welch who brought it in for the score!

 

An explosive third quarter for the Rainbow Warriors had the Aztecs on their heels. For the second year in a row, @GigemAgs had his team entering the fourth quarter with a lead. For the second year in a row, Edmondson refused to go quietly. He quickly pushed the Aztecs up the field, but as they got into goal-to-go, Hawaii called a timeout. Coming out of it, they stuffed Garrett at the 7. Welch then came in and took it two yards forward. In hopes to catch Hawaii off guard, Edmondson dropped back and completed a pass for two more yards. After moving only 4 yards in 3 plays, Pumph had a decision to make. That's when LG Paul Wynn ran to the sideline and told coach that he promised a TD if they ran it behind him. Pumph took the (Jr)'s word for it, handed the ball to Welch, and Wynn made sure that DT Odell Wilson was on his butt in the end zone.

 

After three punts, time was running out in a game tied at 28. That's when Edmondson showed why the Aztecs made the playoffs last year. Of course a strong Hawaii defense held them after they got into field goal range. Just before a 30 yard kick, GigeMags called his last timeout. Xavier York still took it as practice and it barely slid inside the upright. Knowing he had a miss earlier in the day, this provided him with the confidence boost to hit the kick on the attempt that counted.

 

With just over a minute left and no timeouts, Youngblood saw his chance to get a win and a Mountain West crown. He quickly made accurate passes, picking apart the Aztec defense and driving the Rainbow Warriors up the field. With more time, the offense looked poised to drive for the touchdown. Sitting on the Aztec 23, Gigemags decided to target Mulinu'u on a seam route for the touchdown. Just as he broke open and J.T. was pulling back the throw, he felt a hand on his shoulder. Not wanting to fumble away the win, he drops to the ground and the place kicking team sprints onto the field. As the clock is ticking down, the unit gets set on their own 29. A good snap, and a good hold. It's a long 46 yard kick, but Riley knows he has the leg.

 

Watching from the sideline, Gigemags noticed that he accidentally went 4 steps back instead of his usual 3. When the hitch in his approach inevitably occurred, the sideline knew it was over. They had fallen short, once again.

 

 

 

 

We wish you the,

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I blame this loss on @Ahven D'Gale for not giving us a Pounding the Rock-ies preview for the conference's matchup of the year :( 

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4 minutes ago, GigemAgs said:

I blame this loss on @Ahven D'Gale for not giving us a Pounding the Rock-ies preview for the conference's matchup of the year :( 

Woah, woah, woah! I haven't done previews of anything this year! You're the one who mismanaged timeouts! With the extra time, Riley wouldn't have messed up his positioning.

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29 minutes ago, Ahven D'Gale said:

Woah, woah, woah! I haven't done previews of anything this year! You're the one who mismanaged timeouts! With the extra time, Riley wouldn't have messed up his positioning.

 

It's no coincidence there wasn't a week "[2023] Pounding the Rock-ies Week 11 Review"

 

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39 minutes ago, GigemAgs said:

It's no coincidence there wasn't a week "[2023] Pounding the Rock-ies Week 11 Review"

Shh. It definitely wasn't a mind game to mess you up...

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This game encouraged me because it showed that my gameplanning adjustments actually had an effect. I wished we could have finished through but once my Offense gets running in the coming years I will branch out a bi more.

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Playing against UNLV comes with too much pressure of "what happens if the unthinkable happens???"

 

Please no let down this week boys.

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