The juxtaposition of all of Saturday’s events are not going to give Texas fans much excitement. Texas had to weather a late, second half “surge” from Tulsa to pull out a victory that a good Longhorn team should expect to have locked up before halftime.
The game actually appeared to be pretty safe heading into halftime but Tulsa QB Luke Skipper started to make some plays with his legs on third down and the Texas D began to wear down as the Golden Hurricane poured on 21 points after finally abandoning their pathetic attempts at FG kicking.
Meanwhile Texas A&M took a Clemson team with a surprisingly in cohesive defensive backfield down to the wire before coming up short, as is their wont. That juxtaposition, of Texas A&M battling the no. 2 team in the country down the wire while Texas struggled to finish off Tulsa, is going to drive many Longhorn fans even deeper into madness.
On the bright side, as I write this Stanford is up 17-3 on Texas’ week three opponent (USC) with Trojan freshman QB JT Daniels throwing repeated INTs to close the game.
In the meantime I’ve got five quick thoughts on why this wasn’t the beatdown that Texas fans expect from a contest with Tulsa. Overall, this is a ball control offense that’s missing a few key ingredients to execute the strategy.