By Brian Lester
No has to tell me twice that the University of Findlay football team played its worst game of the season last Saturday.
The Oilers were held to season lows in total yards (112) and points in a 34-3 setback to Indianapolis at Donnell Stadium.
There is no need to hit a panic button, though. Indy is a good football team. In fact, UF head coach Jon Wauford told me at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference media day that he thought Indy was the second best team in the conference.
The bottom line is the loss was a growing pain for the Oilers, who are still making their climb back to respectability.
Still, they are a better team than they were a year ago and the day is going to come when the Oilers will dominate teams the way Indy dominated UF last Saturday. The day when every team in the league knows it has to bring its “A game” to the stadium when it plays UF to have a chance at victory.
It will be interesting to see how UF responds this week against Saginaw Valley State, which has never lost to UF. The Cardinals have been an up and down team but have a tradition of winning, making five trips to the NCAA Division II playoffs in the last seven years.
Yet, I have a feeling the Oilers aren't going to let themselves get embarrassed the way they did last week. Wauford won't let it happen. The players won't either.