Have skimmed this thread - not read every post.. so I apologize if I am making points already made..
First of all -- the QBs ALL rotated back and forth between the first and second team offenses. Coaches wanted to see how each of them did with the 1's. Don't forget also - that the O-line played BOTH ways the entire game.. we basically had 7 O-linemen for the entire game (due to injuries etc).
Please also remember, that, yes, Dalton was a "back up at an FCS school"... but he was the backup to the WALTER PAYTON AWARD WINNER (the I-AA Heisman), Jeremy Moses. Shannon Dawson - was the Offensive Coordinator during Moses' time at SFA (with Dalton as a backup). Dawson played for Dana Holgerson at Wingate, and is now the OC at WVU. He ran the same offense that Coach Bowden runs - which means that Dalton KNOWS this offense. Here are some tidbits on that offense at SFA with Jeremy Moses as the starting QB:
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- In 2010, Dawson guided the nation’s No. 1 passing offense (362.2) and No. 4 scoring offense (36.3), ranking No. 6 in total offense (442.9).
- The Lumberjacks led the Southland Conference in all three categories, as well as pass efficiency (137.23)
- Quarterback Jeremy Moses was a two-time All-American, two-time Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Year and won the Walter Payton Award, given to the Player of the Year in the NCAA FCS Division
- Moses finished his career as the school and league’s all-time passer, setting records in completions (1,151), touchdown passes (121), passing yards (13,061) and total offense (12,853)
- In 2009, his offensive squad led the nation in passing yards (343.7) and was No. 2 in total offense (468.9), No. 6 in scoring offense (34.9) and No. 10 in pass efficiency (147.8)
- The Lumberjacks led the Southland Conference in all four categories and was second in scoring offense
- Moses led the nation in touchdown passes (40), was third in passing yards (317.2), fourth in points responsible for (18.5) and fifth in total offense (320.5)
So - I guess if you're going to be a backup -- not a bad guy to be playing behind.
I think the game went exactly the way the coaches would have wanted it to go. The First Team Defense was the best unit on the field. Defense wins Championships - period. However, the first team offense was able to score 14 points on them - so its obvious that the guys are picking up the new offense and executing. The 2nd team offense (with the qb's rotating back and forth) did very well -- showing me again, that the offensive players are getting comfortable in the scheme. We know we have issues with depth on defense - and playmakers overall. Those issues are being addressed, and we will be in a better position in the Fall.
There were a LOT more than "a few dozen people" at the game... The University was very smart - and opened the Club Level to the public. Not only because the weather was cold and rainy - but to show the fans what great amenities are available on the Club Level.. so you didn't see a lot of people sitting in the stands. I've heard only very positive remarks about the attendance --- at least double last year's.
Good things are in store for 2012!