The Huskies will play their first road game of the year on Friday night in Edmonton vs. the UofA Bears. The Dogs will try and rebound from their first season-opening defeat since 2002. Dallas and I discuss the game with another edition of Three Downs.
1st down: What is a key to victory for the Huskies on offence?
Dallas: It’s simple. Eliminate (or, at least, severely limit) mistakes. Turnovers cost us the last two games that mattered. Protect the ball and make the throws that are there.
Tom: After what transpired last week, it goes without saying that the Huskies need to do a better job taking care of the ball. I also hope to see the Dogs maintain an effective ground game for 4 quarters.
2nd down: What is a key to victory on defence?
Tom: Continue to pressure the quarterback; the Huskies did a very good job of this last week, and continuing to do this against a fairly inexperienced quarterback might force him into some bad throws that can be picked off.
Dallas: Stop the run. I would rather see the Huskies give up a few more yards passing and force the Bears to become one-dimensional. The Bears have some dangerous, shifty backs like Manitoba and they have similar big play ability. Stopping the run will be one less headache the Huskies will have to deal with in Edmonton.
Third down: What is a key to victory for the Huskies’ special teams?
Dallas: Protecting the punter. The Huskies have not been great in providing the punter with adequate time and protection. You can be sure Alberta will bring the house, so they better be prepared.
Tom: I agree with you, Dallas. I’d also like to see a little more consistency from our punter when that protection is there.
Extra point: Knute Rockne time! What would you say to the Dogs if you could give them a pre-game speech before they take the field on Friday?
Tom: Be physical and hit everything that moves. On every play. Know your job and execute it to your peak ability. On every play.
Dallas: I would tell them there is nobody in this conference that can beat them if they play together. If they do the small things right, make the plays they should make, everything else will be easy. The ceiling is unlimited if they really want it. Now show the CIS how much you want it!