Texas’ match up with Eastern Washington was a two point game after nine minutes. After 20 minutes, Texas held a 15 point lead they would continue to build in the second half. The Longhorns outshot the Eagles from the field, from the line and from three on their way to a runaway 85-52 victory in the regional round of the Legends Classic.
Prior to the West Virginia game, the Texas had yet to lose a game at Royal-Memorial Stadium. The Mountaineers came in and changed all that, and part of it was due to a stifling defense keeping Texas to a season low of 20 points. Offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, even with the numbers his players put up, admitted just how good he thought the WVU defense was at Tuesday’s availability.
Texas is on the precipice of bowl eligibility, currently sitting at 5-5 with two games to play. The next opponent is Kansas, which has yet to record a conference win.
Even though Kansas appears to be no threat to Leonard and the Longhorns, Leonard isn’t letting the opponent dictate how hard the team works with a bowl within their grasp.
One of the many criticisms Charlie Strong has faced during his tenure as head coach of the Longhorn football team is his perceived apathy to special teams.
In his first year as coach at Texas, his instructions to Jaxon Shipley were to simply fair catch the ball. At times, he would catch the ball with several yards between him and the nearest defender. This was done out of an abundance of caution, just wanting to safely get his team the ball to set up the offense.
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.