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  • My Top 5 Reasons Why We WON!!!!

    amazing game. Much different then I anticipated with the outcome I was so hoping for..........

    1) McVay. This offense is nothing like what we witnessed under Fisher. Just WOW
    2) Goff. He played like a seasoned veteran. He stood in tall and delivered the ball nicely.
    3) Gurley.......He took over the game when we needed him to. Did anyone see his beaming smile after the game when he was being interviewed? Not ,many smiles last year if any......
    4) Watkins......Sammy came alive today.
    5) Offensive line. much maligned in years past but not tonight...........

    Honarable mnetion.....woods.......

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    As Gurley said all the players have bought in to McVay and his offense. I'm glad I bought my shares early on. Great returns so far!

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      I also liked the way our Back Up Center came in for Sully and did a good job.... We have been thin on the OL for so long always keeps me worried good to see guys rise to the occasion as needed! Gurley seems to be really enjoying this season and his smile is bright and big for good reasons! Goff starting to live up to all my praise of him... I keep saying the lad is only going to get better with every game and season for quite a while especially with our coaching staff showing him the way! Hope he keeps working to be the best QB he can be even in the off seasons... The young man has so much potential and he is starting to fulfill it already which is more than I could have predicted! So dang proud of him!

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        The great part 10 days to rest and heal, while the Cowgirls only have 5.

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