GARY PETERSON: TIMES COLUMNIST
Ayoob took over as the team's top quarterback in the opener, after freshman Nate Longshore broke his left ankle, and promptly went 0-for-10 before being excused. Between that game and Saturday's, Ayoob had been an erratic work in progress, generally playing well enough to give
"I felt like we were going to try to control the football by running the ball," Tedford said. "Then throw some control passes, then some screen game." It also seemed to be a matter of trust. To the lay eye, the play-calling also was an indication that Tedford wanted the game to have as little to do with his quarterback as possible -- even before Ayoob threw an interception on his first pass (bad route by the receiver), his eighth, his 13th (an end-of-the-first-half blind heave), and his last.
Asked what this meant for next Saturday's Big Game, Tedford once again could not tell a lie. "I don't know about that," he said. "We'll have to make that decision (during the) week." Ayoob himself? The kid was crushed, the unwitting beneficiary of a hard-knocks life lesson. He had seemed almost amused, in a what-size-shovel-just-hit-me-in-the-back-of-the-head? way after the