I just watched the replay of the Purdue game and listened to the commentators regularly saying that Purdue was"stacking the box." Given ND's failure to run I just assumed it was true. But, when I watched the replay closely all I saw was a lot of cover 1 with normally the weak side (sometimes strong side) safety simply "floating." What I did not see was: (1) the safety within 6 years of the line of scrimmage; (2) the safety getting assigned a gap; or (3) the safety mirroring either the QB or RB. In fact, for most plays, just before the snap the safety took steps backwards.My conclusion: I did not see the safety playing the run and Purdue was not in fact "stacking the box."
What I did see was: (1) Purdue playing a 5 man front, normally with the line backer with his hand on the ground; and (2) a lot of missed assignments by our OL, which was interesting since not a lot of stunts or fancy schemes -- just failure to pick up slides and overloads; and (3) of course there were times when our guys were just bulled over.
What I was very surprised I did not see: (1) no misdirections; (2) few screens; (3) no draws; and (4) only a few quick pitches. In other words, no game adjustments that are typically made to slow down "between the hashes" bull rushes. The quick pitch looked open on virtually every play.
My hope: That they were not showing MSU the whole play book. Unfortunately, I do not think this is the case. I think we just played, but particularly coached, quite poorly.
I am curious what others might think