They have to get better. So, while I'm not excusing it, there are reasons on the injury front. The OL to start the season was: LT Irwin, LG Kough, C Kelley, RG Huckins/Callahan, RT Nembot Irwin - who is probably our most dependable OL - was lost for the season in Week 2 to a knee. His replacement, Kronshage, has been in and out of the lineup with various injuries, often forcing Lisella onto the field. This sometimes flips Nembot to LT. And it sometimes has resulted in Callahan shifting from the platoon RG to RT/LT. Last night, Kough was also out (neck spasms). So our starting OL was a completely different left side: LT Kronshage, LG Huckins, C Kelley, RG Callahan, RT Nembot. Then, during the game, Kronshage went out early in the 2nd half (shoulder). That brought Lisella in at LT. Later in the 2nd half, Huckins went out with an undisclosed injury and Wiefels came in at LG. So, the OL that was on the field for those final drives when the Buffs were trying to salt the game away -- and weren't able to open running lanes or protect Sefo -- was: LT Lisella, LG Wiefels, C Kelley, RG Callahan, RT Nembot. It's understandable that the offense would struggle in that situation. Especially against an Oregon State defense that is pretty stout up front (pretty much the only spot on its team dominated by upperclassmen is their DL). On one 3rd down play, the play was blown up because Kelley got completely worked by the NT, so that can't be blamed on backups or a group not being used to working together. He just got beat. But I do question Lindgren not being more aware of the situation and adjusting his play calling accordingly. If you've got Lisella and Wiefels on the left with Callahan and Nembot on the right... why the hell are you running to the left in short yardage situations? Don't try to out-think people all the time. You've got to trust your best to beat their best when the game is on the line. If I was calling plays, I would have been running to the right and I would have had Bernardi pull Kelley, Callahan & Nembot to the side before the final couple series and tell them to go out and put the damn game away because we're running every play behind them.