It is getting less important in the grand scheme of things, and the moment we thought it could be has been overshadowed by the moments which almost were this season. But one year ago, deep into the night when some had given up and gone to bed, Josh Dobbs orchestrated a rally which changed a game, a season, and the narrative of the program.
We had seen Dobbs as a true freshman, but he was eaten alive by a combination of inexperience, lack of talent around him, and facing three eventual Top 7 teams in his first three appearances. Then we had seen Dobbs against Alabama the following year, erasing that picture and replacing it with the hope of what could be.
Against South Carolina it became what was. And now, a year later, Dobbs is at the controls of a team that has been painfully close this season to the dreams we can now realistically hope for next season.
Improvement has been the biggest positive this season, not just from last year but from September to October. After seeing only one really good defense as a starter last fall, Dobbs has gone through several this year.
Bowling Green posed no threat defensively, as Dobbs went 15 of 22 for 205 yards (9.3 ypa) and a pair of touchdowns. But against Oklahoma and Florida our quarterback really struggled through the air:
- Oklahoma: 13 of 31 for 125 yards (4.0 ypa)
- Florida: 10 of 17 for 83 yards (4.9 ypa)
- Arkansas: 20 of 36 for 232 yards (6.4 ypa)
- Georgia: 25 of 42 for 312 yards (7.4 ypa)
- Alabama: 13 of 22 for 171 yards (7.8 ypa)
- Kentucky: 16 of 26 for 233 yards (9.0 ypa)
- 2013: 6 INT in 121 attempts (1 every 20.1 passes)
- 2014: 6 INT in 177 attempts (1 every 29.5 passes)
- 2015: 3 INT in 217 attempts (1 every 72.3 passes)