So I pulled out some random statistics to see what I could shake out. Now I happened to pull out missed kicks (easiest stat to add up), and interceptions and sacks, but granted, if someone wanted to go back through the games and find dropped passes, or penalties, or any other stat, you could make your own case one way or the other. These stats below are ONLY for lost games in 2009, and only for the random stats I could find easily -- just a couple categories. But here's what stands out: we were not shut out in any games. our biggest losses were against the two highest ranked opponents overall, we were a couple bounces or two scores away from winning any games except Texas (lost by 24 points) and Missou (lost by 19 points.) With 8 sacks in that game, we are lucky it wasn't a bigger difference. This isn't meant to pick on Goodman or Cody Hawkins, just pointing out that the team really was only a few plays away from winning a lot more games. Yes, you could argue that we were a few plays away from LOSING a couple more games as well. But take a look. Just adding in the missed kicks to the lost games we would have changed the stats in these games: vs Toledo 38 to 54. Add in 3 missed FGs it becomes 47 to 54. One touchdown away from a tie. vs. WVA 24 to 35. Add in 3 missed FGs it becomes 2 point game. vs. Okie State 28-31. Add in the missed FG and it's a tie game. Even against NU, the six points in missed FGs bring us to 26-28, so close. So very close. Of course, this shows that we would have STILL lost those games except OSU, but the point is, maybe if we tweak a few things, if we CAN fix a few things like too many penalties, short punts, etc. the team looks a whole lot better. I'm not sure if this is a "make lemonade" type of post, but I can see where Hawkins comes off with the "10 plays and we are in a bowl" statement and believes it to be true. There were few teams that dominated us, and often we -- our own players and plays -- caused the losses, just mistakes that were made, and missed opportunities. As I said, you could go back and do this with any statistic and see if there would have been an opportunity to change the outcome of the game.