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.
Here’s how Texas ran the ball against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
It always has to be close. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a team that is less effective at putting opponents away. Tom Herman still seems to be adjusting to the fact that these Air Raid teams aren’t going to play by conventional rules. They’ll load the box and bring run blitzes, recklessly so even, and make you either score quickly and embrace the shootout nature of the game or else run into a mass of bodies a few times and then punt the ball back to them.