The statistical nerdstat that Brock Jensen threw for a career-high in passing yards in the win over Ferris State was interesting in the actual yardage — 259 yards. That’s not alot for a quarterback in his fourth year as a starter but it makes for an interesting point on his value.
In comparison, UND quarterback Joe Mollberg came off the bench last week and threw for the exact same yardage, 259, in just over a quarter of play. As a loyal blog reader pointed out, they had almost identical statistics: Jensen was 19 of 23 for 259 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Mollberg was 15 of 23 for 259, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Chalk one up for the West Coast offense. The day the Bison start winging it all over the place is the day they are losing a game by two or more touchdowns by halftime and are faced with rally mode. When a team is 30-2 over the last three years and 34-5 with Jensen as a starter, there have been very few of those instances if any.
The losses haven’t been decided until the fourth quarter. Although they teetered on the brink of getting leveled even in the 2009 3-8 season (Iowa State, UNI), the last time the Bison arguably got blown out of the water was 37-6 at Cal Poly in 2005. Yes, 259 isn’t a career high to write home about, but the West Coast offense alternative of having to throw to catch up is much worse. It’s a power offense, not a passing offense.
Jensen’s value is in his toughness, running ability, clutch play, completion percentage and third down conversion rate.