After Saturday’s 21-12 loss to Colorado, ending the Pac-12 tour at 0-3, the Warriors head into their first break with next weekend’s bye.
Despite numerous injuries — linebacker Tevita Lataimua, safety Trayvon Henderson and nickel corner Nick Nelson did not play against Colorado — the defense has played well in the first four games. On Saturday, the defense did not allow a second-half point. But defensive coordinator Kevin Clune said his defense needs to avoid lapses, such as second-quarter touchdowns on a fly sweep and by a fullback left uncovered in the flat.
“We have to have 60 straight minutes of focused football,” Clune said. “And we can’t give any freebies out there. That’s our deal.”
The offense will need to regroup for the Oct. 4 road game against Rice. Most pressing is the quarterback situation. Jeremy Higgins, who started the second half in place of Ikaika Woolsey, was initially diagnosed with a fracture in his left (throwing) hand. Taylor Graham was the third QB on the 64-player travel roster. Will freshmen Beau Reilly or Eric Prater need to be promoted to third quarter in Higgins’ absence?
The Warriors will have an extra week to get healthier, and figure out plans for the Rice game and then the opening of MWC competition.