The Inside Scoop – 10/16/17

Sam Ehlinger. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In years past we’ve discussed the type of seasons Texas would need to have in order to keep recruiting going. Not all 8-4’s or 7-5’s are created equally. Losing close, winnable games, while leading in the 4th, is heartbreaking, but it also gives you hope that in the future those turn into close wins. That’s much different than going 7-5 or 8-4 with blowout losses.

For recruits, the feeling is extremely positive. To a man, they feel once they get to campus they can help the team get over the hump.

Coach V’s Grades: Texas-OU 2017

Chris Warren. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Our Coach Venable turns in his grades after the Texas-OU brawl in Dallas on Saturday from the Cotton Bowl. The offense continues to struggle and rely on the QB, while the defense has spurts of greatness, sprinkled with secondary breakdowns. Here’s Coach V’s grades after UT’s 29-24 loss at the Red River Shootout.

Texas-OU Postmortem

Brandon Jones. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The difference in offensive line play between the two teams was clearly evident and the single greatest factor in the game outcome. Add three coverage busts and a Kris Boyd exhibition of balls skills usually reserved for Connecticut tee ball leagues and there’s 20 Sooner points (6 on two field goals; 14 points on two touchdowns; including the 59 yard go-ahead TD to TE Mark Andrews when Texas led 24-23 6:53 into the 4th quarter) on four plays.

Texas Comeback Falls Short to OU, 29-24

Sam Ehlinger. (Will Gallagher/IT)

DALLAS — At first, Tom Herman and Lincoln Riley’s first tussle in the Cotton Bowl looked like it was on its way to mimicking several matchups Mack Brown and Bob Stoops had in the early 2000s. The Sooners jumped out to an early lead, and had both their offense and defense playing very effectively in the first quarter.

Five Quick Thoughts: OU 29, Texas 24

Holton Hill. (Will Gallagher/IT)

That was probably the most physical Red River Shootout I’ve watched in some time. Texas brought a lot of fight to this game in 2013 and then throughout the Charlie Strong era, often bringing some toughness and physicality to the run game that gave Oklahoma trouble. This was another beast altogether though.

Jamison joins Texas’ 2018 class

D'Shawn Jamison

With the elite talent in Houston this cycle, Tom Herman and Texas were waiting for another domino to drop from H-Town. That next domino just dropped.

Houston Lamar defensive back D’Shawn Jamison committed to Texas today. Jamison chose Texas over competing offers from Baylor, Florida, Houston, and USC, among others.

C-BOG: Two Minute Hate

Tom Herman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Yeah, I’d say that thin, pasty-faced Brit nailed it. I’ve pretty much wanted to smash faces with a sledgehammer all week. Do you wear gloves for that sort of thing? I don’t need much reason to hate the Sooners.

BLACKWELL: Walks With My Son

Miles Blackwell

We walked through the dark and around the graveyard, where I always park when I’m going to a Texas game in Austin. I have kids, so I’m cheap, and parking next to the graves across the highway is free.
My son Miles, who was 12 then, knows the routine.