Reading the various articles and accompanying board comments sent my thought patterns into several different directions concerning the immediate future for the next football team at UT. While most of the board’s attention has centered on the recruitment trail and the lack of any home-run scores by our new DKR most of my thoughts have found a home wondering aloud about the new staff and their individual ability to teach the game.
We did not play well across the board. We had red zone opportunities but settled for field goal chances (3 out of 4) and surrendered on downs at the lip because we didn’t have a answer for a simple edge stunt in our blocking scheme. This offense developed over the course of the season but the question is which way did it go. We went from an up tempo wide open starting the season to the slowdown check the sideline for a late call that choked our ambition to a slower death. Anybody remember why we practice fast break since we play a stall during the actual game? Oh well, here are the grades.
Just when you think you have seen or heard it all the game presents another surprise that you hadn’t even considered—I saw/heard my first “backward pass” on a 4th down QB sneak. The English language was extremely hard on our referee—so was calling the game.
We had a very uneven performance on offense against WVU. We couldn’t finish the deal–it’s that simple. We kept shooting ourselves in the forward progress aspect of the game with penalties, turnovers, missed assignments, and clock mismanagement from the sideline. They just don’t reward yardage gained and we damn sure didn’t get the most points out of a 550 yards gained effort.
The Longhorns went to Lubbock and handled business on Saturday evening. Here are Coach V’s grades after UT’s 45-37 win over the Red Raiders from Jones AT&T Stadium.
There are always different ways to do things. Take the new fangled spread offenses—there are several different varieties offered just here in this conference alone. Everybody has their own way to defend said offenses. Some might force the run with light numbers in the box. Some might force the pass with an extra defender in the box. Some try to disguise both with squirms, shifts, and dynamic bluffs. The secret is to be sound with your plan and assignments so that when you guess wrong you don’t get burned badly. None of that describes the UT defense.
We started the game with three off-sides penalties in the first five plays and set our tone to coast on until time to catch the plane. Poona Ford (95) played very well. Chris Nelson (97) is our best defensive player and he played well again. DeShon Elliott (4) had a good game in a brief appearance. Edwin Freeman (35) had two big plays but his linebacking lacks energy.
We had a very uneven offensive performance yesterday. We had one fumble. We had one late interception. We managed to supply Iowa State with four drive killing penalties in the first half. We lost our starting center early in the second quarter. We waited too late to throw deep balls and we vacated the pocket out the back door too often. We missed a few blocks and a couple of creases but the main problem was not being consistent with our play. We still need to dress up our 18 wheeler package. We will need to be better than we were yesterday.
We still have a long way to go before we become the offense we have a chance to be. We only had one drop but we had one interception and one fumble to offset the good receiving day. We found openings in their secondary but nine poor throws hurt the cause. We had a few hurries/sacks allowed but several were the result of five happy feet in the pocket errors by QB1. We only had two false start penalties so we reduced those drive killing errors but we also had double figures in missed blocks that slowed us down. We had great tempo at times but we still need to understand whether we are taking advantage of the opponent or are we rushing ourselves into a mistake mph’s.
We had 26 MT’s yesterday and that’s attempting to give the benefit of the doubt when possible. I couldn’t determine the amount of busted coverages but I’m pretty sure it was close to double figures. Our DT’s played well but still need to come off blocks a hair quicker and finish the pass rush with a sack. The two gunslingers might make a few mistakes but they also make plays at 100-mph.