September 21, 2012
Lyle McCombs [pictured] rushed for 136 yards on 24 carries against Western Michigan last year. His longest gain was 65 yards. McCombs has rushed for 236 yards on 70 carries in three games this season. His longest run is 15 yards. Something is wrong with the running game, and what has become increasingly clear is there is little margin for error with this offense. Everything has to be clicking for plays to be successful, every player executing. If not, well, you¿ve seen the struggles in the last three games. The running game has to get better. It improved a bit against Maryland with McCombs picking up 94 yards on 27 carries, but it needs to show more Saturday if for no other reason than reducing the opportunities for Carder.