Fridays in the Humidor Q&A – 9/21/18

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

TCU comes to town representing probably the toughest match-up on the schedule for Texas. This is a battle of divergent styles. TCU is quick afoot and of mind. Texas is bigger, more physical, and maybe a bit more lumbering on the headsets. TCU is mentally tough. Texas has shown to be quite resilient under Herman’s tutelage.

Limiting Robinson large part of stopping Horned Frog offense

Todd Orlando (Will Gallagher/IT)

Both starting quarterbacks in Saturday’s matchup between Texas and TCU are making their first career starts against their opponent. Texas’ Sam Ehlinger missed last year’s game in Fort Worth due to injury, while TCU’s Shawn Robinson was behind Kenny Hill on the depth chart. That doesn’t mean the Longhorns don’t know what Robinson is capable of doing in TCU offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie’s offense.

Texas-TCU game preview

Charles Omenihu (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas fans don’t need to be reminded that TCU has owned the Horns for four consecutive years (the last Texas win was in 2013 against Patterson’s 4-8 team rocked by drug suspensions) outscoring Texas by an average of 38-8. Texas didn’t exceed ten points in any contest. I contend that they were all effectively over by halftime, though if you want to pretend that last year’s 24-7 loss was competitive, you’ll need to ignore that TCU effectively ran clock for an entire half of play once they staked a double digit lead. Progress, I guess.

USC postmortem: Offense

Sam Ehlinger (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Texas offense turned in a grinding win over USC, totaling 394 yards on 82 plays for a 4.8 yards per play average. While the Texas offense lacked explosiveness, it did a good job of creating first downs (25), limiting negative plays in the running game (3 out of 48 “standard” carries went for negative yardage) and converted on 11 of 20 3rd and 4th down opportunities. Pair that all with only one turnover (Daniel Young, big boy finisher back can’t fumble) and you have a very Kansas Statey sort of win where the offense excels enough in the margins to compensate for a fairly mundane big picture statistical snapshot and one is left wondering “How the hell did we blow these dudes out?”