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Published: Thursday, 10/23/2008

The End Zone: Rapid decay of UT offense


The rapid decay of the once-mighty Toledo offense is the most shocking issue of the season. Before this year UT had scored fewer than 10 points in a game twice this decade, and it s happened twice this season already.

The phrase managing the game is usually in reference to a team that doesn t have the same talent and experience as its opponents and has to find another way to win. No matter what it says about them, the Rockets need to start managing their weaknesses, starting with Saturday s game against Central Michigan.

Over the last four games, UT has scored two offensive touchdowns. During that span the Rockets have thrown 57 more times than they ve run the ball. The last time they ran more than they passed was in scoring 54 points against Fresno State.

The injury to tailback DaJuane Collins has been a factor, but throwing and throwing and getting behind and throwing some more isn t working. It may be hard for the program to admit, but this year has proven UT can t defeat the current MAC West elite by trying to outscore them. The Rockets best chance to beat the CMU may be to try to run the ball, win the field position battle and keep their defense off the field as much as possible.

It s not a desirable way to play, it s not what these players were recruited for, and it s not fun to watch. But it is reality.

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