It was an inspired performance by the Sooners, who managed a stronger defensive effort than they’d shown in some previous game, and who mostly protected the ball despite Texas regularly forcing Kyler Murray into uncomfortable situations.
The Big 12 is really happy to see the Red River Rematch. Oklahoma is surely pleased as well since a playoff résumé of “we beat every team we’ve played this season” looks like a lock to put them in. Texas is happy to be here at this point. They haven’t played in too many Big 12 championship games and none this decade unless you count the “ice fog” de-facto title game against Baylor in 2013. The fact that they have to play Kyler Murray again, this time on turf, is more an unfortunate challenge than a real complaint.
Here it is, the last run game table of the season.
This team doesn’t know how to win any other way than ugly. Perhaps next year they’ll have a team that can just blister teams on both sides of the ball and consistently overpower weak teams on the road by huge margins, this year that just hasn’t been the case.This team doesn’t know how to win any other way than ugly. Perhaps next year they’ll have a team that can just blister teams on both sides of the ball and consistently overpower weak teams on the road by huge margins, this year that just hasn’t been the case.
Texas has a unique opportunity in Lawrence, KS this week when they play the Jayhawks in the season finale. A chance to put some narratives to bed, to grow as a team, and to overcome a hump that has haunted them all year. Namely, a chance to stop a 10 personnel Air Raid team and build momentum and confidence for their matchup the following week (probably) against West Virginia or Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game.
Recently I was alerted to the presence of the recent golden triangle rivalry game between Port Neches-Groves and Nederland on the YouTube and took the opportunity to break down the PNG offensive performance. Particularly the performance of QB Roschon Johnson, who some of you may recognize as the 4-star recruit committed to attend the University of Texas in 2019.
Finally wrapped this up after addressing the defensive performance
The narrative on the defense against Iowa State has largely been that silly Todd Orlando finally stopped running dumb schemes, adjusted his defense, and Texas’ players did what great athletes do. This narrative is pretty strained and largely unhelpful for understanding why Texas stuffed the Iowa State offense in a fashion that looked out of character for a team that was torched the previous four weeks.
Things almost got interesting there at the end…again, but then Joseph Ossai won to the QB on a stunt and knocked the ball out for his senior teammate Charles Omenihu to recover and that was that.
No more late game shenanigans and hiccups this week as the Longhorns finally put their opponent down and held them there until the clock ran 00:00. My Five Quick Thoughts.
Texas’ home date with Iowa State is the de-facto semi-final for the Big 12 championship game. Now technically things can still go awry if the Longhorns lose and West Virginia beats Oklahoma State, then loses to Oklahoma (assuming the Sooners avoid catastrophe against the Jayhawks). Things would have been simplified had the ‘Pokes fielded a kicker who could consistently make extra points, or had Taylor Cornelius hit a flat route on a rollout, but Texas is still in decent position to get a shot in the Big 12 final if they beat Iowa State.