AUSTIN — When a team lives and dies from the 3-point line, the “dying” part can look disastrous.
Going 23 percent from three and 30 percent from the field did not help the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, and points from nine of the 12 Horns who played ended any chance of a ULM comeback. With help from sophomore Tevin Mack’s 14 points in his season debut, the Longhorns pulled away in the second half to win 80-59 in the first game of the Legends Classic.
Texas forced West Virginia into a season-high four turnovers, including three in the third quarter, but turnovers do not put points on the scoreboard. Texas’ inability to change takeaways into more than seven points and its season-low point total of 20 helped the No. 11 Mountaineers leave Austin with a 24-20 victory.
For two East Texas skill position players, Longview’s Dorian Leonard and Gilmer’s Kris Boyd, skill positions create different mindsets on different sides of the ball.
One position that often gets overlooked is the position of nickel corner. A real difference maker at the position is able to be active in run stopping while also able to cover athletic inside receivers all over.
On Monday, head coach Charlie Strong was asked if he and offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert were the only two people in the state who could stop running back D’Onta Foreman.
Following Patrick Mahomes first drive leading the Red Raiders to the end zone, Texas needed to respond quickly in order to set the tone for the game. Luckily for Texas, junior Jake Oliver was ready to keep the offensive battle going, taking one of the first throws of the game, making a defender miss and scampering into Red Raider territory on a 52 yard reception.
For the second time in as many weeks, head coach Shaka Smart expressed a need for his team composed mostly of freshmen and sophomores at contributing positions to have someone step up and take a more vocal leadership role. With only three scholarship seniors on his team in Shaquille Cleare, Mareik Isom and Kendal Yancy, Smart knows how important it is to have a leader who is not forced to take on the role, or whose leadership is not forced upon the team.
LUBBOCK — The closer D’Onta Foreman gets to setting records, the closer they get to saving Charlie Strong’s job.
A record-breaking 341-yard, three-touchdown performance and a Kris Boyd game-sealing interception helped lead the Longhorns to a 45-37 victory over Texas Tech at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday.
The numbers Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s offense has put up in the 2016 season are in part due to the multiple looks he can give opposing defenses. Gilbert can run two tight ends on the field, or five wide receivers, or a mix of both.
The offenses in the Big 12 Conference producing the video-game like numbers are led by some of the more skilled quarterbacks in the nation. One of the names competing for the title of best quarterback in the nation just so happens to play for the Longhorns next opponent, Patrick Mahomes II of Texas Tech. For any defense, he is the focal point of pre-game preparation. It remains that way for the Longhorns and senior defensive tackle Paul Boyette.