Football back to its bread and butter

By Frank Gogola

Football got back to its roots Saturday against Miami (Ohio), running its way to victory.

The Huskies ran the ball 55 times compared to 22 pass attempts. Although the Huskies have run the ball 360 times this season and have thrown the ball 194 times, Bob Cole, offensive coordinator and play caller, has said his aim is for a 50-50 balance.

After Saturday’s success, Cole said going forward his play calling will be more in the range of 60 percent running and 40 percent passing.

“I think we pretty much got our identity now and who we are and what we can and can’t do,” Cole said after Tuesday’s practice. “I think everybody played a little bit harder. … So, that looked pretty good.”

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Drew Hare said he noticed a larger number of designed quarterback runs in last week’s game plan. Despite taking more hits than usual, running the ball a season-high 17 times in the 51-41 win, he said after Tuesday’s practice he’s feeling fine.

“I was expecting it, and it worked well, I thought,” Hare said. “The line blocked good, the receivers blocked great, even the running backs got in on it, too, and they did a really great job.”

Head coach Rod Carey said during football’s weekly news conference he never puts a number on how many times the Huskies run the ball, but no matter how often they run the ball the key is “you have to be effective when you run it.”