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Slow Starts

Following last week's NC game, I came away frustrated and concerned by Jordan Wynn and our offense's slow start against a defense that should not have slowed them. I got to thinking and realized (I may be stating the obvious here) that this seems to be a trend with Jordan the offenses he's led.

You'll have to forgive me for a spot analysis, but I went back and looked at some of his/our best offensive games (Cal in 2009, Iowa State in 2010, BYU in 2011) thinking that these better offensive performances would disprove the theory, but in fact did the opposite. Here's the 1st quarter/2nd-4th quarters' split on offensive productivity from the 3 games:

Cal: 1st Qtr - 7 points (don't forget Jordan's pick 6) / 2nd thru 4th Qtrs - 23 points

Iowa State: 1st Qtr - 10 points / 2nd thru 4th Qtrs - 51 points

BYU: 1st Qtr - 0 points / 2nd thru 4th Qtrs - 40 points

A larger sample or more comprehensive analysis could prove differently, but as far as these 3 games are concerned Wynn and the offense averaged under 6 points in the 1st quarter and 38 points per quarter over the 2nd thru 4th quarters. Have I misread this or is there substance to this and if so, is this on Jordan? Is it offensive game plan/first quarter play calling? A combination of these? While we can draw comfort from our defense keeping us in games and Jordan/our offense's potential to get on track, these slow starts are problematic against better teams and certainly when combined with turnovers. Thoughts?

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