Friday, September 02, 2005

Ludwig Does it Again

New Utah offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig, looks to have done it again. Destroy an effective offensive system. Utah struggled to get in the endzone in the first half. The Utes looked out of sync and confused in Ludwig's offense. It was not until he started to run the "old" spread, that the Utes started to move the ball, and score some points.

18 year old sophomore quarterback Brian Johnson made his first career start against the Arizona Wildcats. At times he looked impressive, but he was very uncomfortable under center. Johnson has learned his second offense in as many years. Utah's spread offense of a year ago, was shotgun based, rarely did the qb take a snap under center. Johnson looked great in shotgun formation and the spread, an offense scheme he was born to play. Ludwig brought in a pro-style offense with some option, and shotgun formation, but it mainly requires the qb to take snaps from center. Johnson struggled under center, committing many mistakes.

Arizona could not pass the ball in the first half, but Utah could only muster a 10-3 lead at the break. As Ludwig continued to use some of the spread, the Utes got a moving. After the defense returned an interception for touchdown, Utah had increased its lead to 27-10.

Utah's offense sputtered after that point, as did their defense. Arizona made a late comeback, but did not come close to winning. Utah, which has won 17 row, including beating Arizona on Friday, 27-24.

Ludwig rode the tails of David Carr to his job at Oregon. His base offense destroyed Oregon's existing masterpiece offense built by Tedford. Ludwig was replaced this year by the Ducks with former BYU coach Gary Crowton, to run the spread offense. Get the picture, Andy? Meanwhile, Tedford has turned Cal into a national power in three short years.

Ludwig, simply drove Oregon into the ground, and Utah faces the same fate.

Andy save yourself, run the spread!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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