Major Applewhite made a change Saturday, inserting Kyle Postma into the starting quarterback role in place of Kyle Allen. We charted all 50 of his dropbacks, plus his quarterback runs to see how effective Postma was on Saturday at Temple. We found some interesting things.
A few things to start, Postma ended up 25 of 36 for 226 yards with a touchdown and a pick. He also ran fifteen times for 81 yards against the Owls. That's an important stat, more on that later. Houston receivers dropped four passes. Postma took fifteen hits, most of which came on running plays. Temple didn't bring too much heat, rushing more than four just five times. That pressure forced a hurry just three times and two scrambles. Postma threw one pass away.
Here's Postma's passing chart from Saturday.
A few quick observations:
- Houston focused a lot more of its offense on the quarterback run. Applewhite and OC Brian Johnson rarely exposed Kyle Allen in the run game. Postma ran twelve times on designed quarterback runs, either out of a zone read concept or quarterback draw.
- Postma led Houston in rushing. That's not ideal, but Houston struggled to manufacture a rushing attack otherwise. While Postma isn't a fluid athlete, he's a willing runner who keeps his head up looking to make plays.
- He did a much better job sliding in the second half.
- Postma's ability to escape pressure can't be discounted compared to Allen's. On Saturday Postma extended plays in the pocket and turned upfield to make something happen if necessary.
- In 41 pass drops, Postma only took three hits and was hurried twice. He gets rid of the ball quickly and with accuracy.
- At one point in the second half, Postma completed twelve straight passes. Of those twelve, ten were passes either behind the line (seven) or in the short zone (three). Houston uses passes behind the line as an augmented running game. Seven of the ten passes in that stretch were to either D'Eriq King or Duke Catalon.
- Once Dillon Birden went out due to concussion protocol, Brian Johnson really moved the offense away from whatever conventional rushing attack the Cougars were working with and into bubbles, swings, and flat routes to players out of the backfield.
- On review Postma's ball security wasn't a huge upgrade from Allen's. Postma had two passes that should have been picked off by Temple but were dropped. Temple also had another pick negated by a defensive pass interference call.
- One of Houston's drops came on a throw that would've been a TD to Dunbar on a 50/50 ball.
- Postma had another TD pass negated by an offensive pass interference call.
- On back shoulder/one on one throws, Postma did a good job throwing winnable balls for his receivers.