Analyzing the Epic Collapse

Because of what happened this weekend to the USD football team, I felt compelled to write the following “Daily Dose” (mini column) for Monday’s paper.

Here it is, in full.

I’m curious what USD fans, supporters or outsiders think of the program moving forward.

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BY JEREMY HOECK

jeremy.hoeck@yankton.net

You’ve heard the term ‘epic collapse’ before, right?

If not, the University of South Dakota football team introduced you to it with Saturday’s fourth-quarter performance in Grand Forks, N.D.

You probably heard by now how the Coyotes choked away a 37-17 lead with 10:35 to play, losing by a 38-37 margin. No doubt you couldn’t believe it happened to USD again (remember Cal Poly three weeks ago….a 20-point lead that was wasted).

Yet, and pardon me for being so blunt, how exactly was it a surprise? The Coyotes have continually found ways to lose road games, especially — frustratingly so — when they have leads.

Try this stat on for size: USD is now 2-15 in FCS road games since 2008. Not only that, the Coyotes have lost 7 straight such contests.

People will no doubt find ways to defend USD (“they were in transition”….”Look who they played”), but the fact of the matter is that the Coyotes are not a good road team. I make no apologies for saying that.

So, what’s next? How does USD fix the problem moving forward into the Missouri Valley Football Conference?

That’s the question on everyone’s mind. Because it doesn’t take a football guru to tell you something needs to change.

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