Offense: B Showed tons of potential. Had some explosive plays. Connor is the bomb-he managed the game incredibly well, no turnovers, showed phenomenal poise, very efficient. As many of us have said he could easily be top 6 QBs in Pac 12 (and maybe better than that). When was the last time we felt we had a top 1/2 of our conference QB. Our running attack was not overly impressive. Personally I felt Powell looked more like a fullback than a RB which is not surprising but a little disappointing. And mostly Jones was unimpressive as well. OL was OK-didn't open many holes for the RB but didn't allow a sack? Offensive coaching: B+Overall I felt Lindgren called a good game but got too cautious on a handful of occasions when he called simple run plays and I thought he should have been more aggressive. I am sure Mac will work with him on that. I saw one time Mac intervene and say get Abron in when you could tell he wasn't impressed with the way Jones was running. Defense: A- They really played a hell of a game and barely allowed a TD-mostly due to special teams. They had a few bend but not breaks but overall played pretty well and were flying to the ball. Very few examples of blatant missed tackles. Secondary played WAY better and our LBs played well. Gilliam was playing lights out and Awuzie also looked good. BIGGEST concern: lack of a consistent pass rush. I felt we gave Grayson too much time too often. Need someone to step up with CUD. Defensive Coaching: A Personally really liked Baer's defense. Good, aggressive play calling, WAY better tackling and pursuit to the ball, LBs flying around. Good stuff for the most part. Special Teams: B- I am sure many of you would like to go with an F, BUT punting was awesome except for the missed tackle. Kickoffs were actually pretty good for Oliver as several were touchbacks. Don't know WTF that squib kick was. Field goals were awesome. 3 for 3 if I am not mistaken including a 52 yarder. That is great. The only problem, and it is a big effin glaring problem, was kickoff coverage-which could have easily cost us the game. We have good players on those teams and some of them totally missed tackles b/c they were out of position, etc. which I blame on our ST coach. Special Teams Coach: F Despite good play from our kickers (which I attribute more to their own abilities although Neinas may have helped in some ways), our coverage was disgusting, and that has to blamed on whomever coaches them. In this case, we are one of how many BCS teams who has 1 dedicated coach only for ST. There is no F*g excuse for that kind of poor play from special teams units that have some starters on them when their coach is 100% dedicated to them and the head coach allows a significant amount of time dedicated to ST during practices. Neinas better get his sh*t together or HCMM is going to can him soon. Head Coach: A+ I think you have to give HCMM tons of credit for the difference. This team, as the announcers said numerous times, does not resemble the Buffs of the past several years in any way. They were flying to the ball on D. Tackling way better. Had awesome QB play. Scored tons of points. Team rebounded after momentum swings went against them. They believe in themselves now and played as a unit. Don't get me wrong, I don't think we are headed to a bowl game, but as the announcers said, we are going to surprise some people this year. I am excited to be a Buff fan again!