Week 3: San Diego (1-1) @ UC Davis (0-2)
Regarding the game, best experience in UCDH stadium maybe ever IMO. GREAT crowd, dwindled a little at the end but makes sense, it was chilly, we were winning, and the students needed to go enjoy their first weekend in the dorms. Good fan engagement, clever giveaways, classic quirky band show, concession lines weren't terrible compared to what I've seen, mobile ticketing was smooth once I got the email, etc. Good food truck selection too. Really feels like the AD is listening, especially on "easy-win" gameday experience issues.
Of course everything is better when the offense starts of red-hot. Similar concerns with other folks on here that the offense sputtered a little in the middle, but on the other hand I'm thinking we can still wear teams down on the ground mid-game so long as we're in reach or in the lead. I seem to remember that's pretty much what happened at Tulsa back then, we stopped getting TDs as their defense held for large stretches -- but they were so tired after chasing HR and Gilliam all day that the Aggies could chew clock at will at the end.
I know there are disadvantages to being predictable, but there's just such a "cool" factor to the offense when Tompkins comes in at the redzone or two point conversion. It doesn't always work, but it's great to UCD basically challenge the other team to a physical battle and you know TT is going to give it his all to make Magic happen regardless of what gets thrown at him defensively or the stakes on the line. By my count the wildcat was the go-ahead scoring play three times in the last two seasons, which a stunning amount considering by now everyone's seen it on film since the CJ Spencer days.