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Apparently Michigan Tech throws the ball too August 28, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in GLIAC, Wayne State.

warriors3.jpgmtu.jpgMichigan Tech quarterback Steve Short was his usual dual-threat self during Saturday’s shootout loss to Winona State, averaging 6.1 yards on 12 carries (team-high 73 rushing yards).

He also took to the air, early and often, hitting 27-of-45 for a whopping 431 yards and six (!) touchdowns in Tech’s 47-44 overtime loss.

Let’s put those passing numbers in perspective – Short’s six TDs equaled his total from last season, when he split time with Drew Schaft. The tandem combined to average 19.9 pass attempts per game with a high of 23. MTU doubled that against Winona State, a playoff team last season.

Granted, Tech was behind virtually the whole game, and the teams combined for an insane 1,038 yards and 45 points in the last 10 minutes of the game.

The last time Michigan Tech had a similar ratio of more passes (45) than rushes (41)? Last year’s opener against Wayne State, when the Huskies tossed it 37 times and ran 35.

Winona State started a freshman (Tyler Wegner), two juniors (Tony Hill and Tyler Wegner) and a senior (Craig Martindale) in the secondary. Only Martindale had marginal game experience.

My question to WSU coach Paul Winters last week was whether the inexperienced defensive line needed to grow up in a hurry to stop MTU’s rushing attack. His response was that the entire defense would have to grow up pretty quickly, just because how Tech runs its offense. There are many weapons, starting with the quarterback. A lot of their running comes off quarterback draws. That’s on the linebackers and secondary to be in position to make plays and stops.

Apparently, with a starting secondary similar to Winona State’s (experience-wise), it will take a team effort to limit the Huskies through the air and avoid a repeat 400-yard performance, too.



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