The terrible kickoff by Ryan Quigley that led to Spiller's big return down to the BC 20 in the 4th quarter was definitely all Crane.
The defense's inability to contain Spiller on 3 (?) big plays, or the inability of the secondary to make a play on 3rd down during the first half? Totally Crane's fault.
It was also definitely Crane's fault that Robinson fumbled on a play in the first half when BC was finally moving the ball, or that Purvis had two terrible drops. And on and on.
While BC fans will most likely lash out at the one simple solution that they can easily grasp (OMG BENCH THE QUARTERBACK), the big problem today was the same god damn problem we've had for the last, what, four years? We have NO KICKING GAME. Our kickoff return team is abysmal. We hardly ever get positive punt returns. Our special teams made a few nice plays today, but they nonetheless cost us the game. Period.
The defense, still clearly missing Brian Toal, finally tightened up and played BC D in the second half, but not before getting torched on several big plays during the first. The O-Line also could have been a lot better - how many times was Crane flushed out of the pocket and forced to throw it away? (Credit needs to be also given to the Clemson secondary for keeping our receivers covered, but still, the O-Line could have stepped up.)
Is Crane a problem on this team right now? Definitely, he's one of them. He's simply not a very good D1 quarterback. But is he the biggest problem on the team? No... not even close.
And would Davis make a positive difference? Absolutely fucking not. Davis, for one, would not have been able to make that throw into the corner of the end zone for BC's third touchdown.
Crane isn't good, but attempting to pin this on him, or to think that we would have won either of the past two games, is extremely frigging short-sighted, and I'm hearing way too much of that from BC fans already. I think I'm going to ban myself from EagleAction for the next few days.