Texas survived an early first quarter starting QB injury and secured the win over a game Baylor football squad despite a sputtering Longhorn offense underperforming against a bottom tier FBS defense. It felt a bit Tulsa-like, including the scoreless offensive second half.
The Bears have won four of their first six games with pretty good offense and a subpar defense. Head coach Matt Rhule is doing a good job of recruiting raw speed and SPARQ superstars to Waco while simultaneously understanding that his natural inclination to win with defense as at Temple isn’t going to cut it with this current Bear roster. Consequently, the Bears run a wide open tempo offense that runs a lot of plays.
OU has a really good offense. That was obvious coming in, more obvious during the game, and really obvious on the re-watch. The OL is high quality, Murray is a unique freak, the RBs are very solid and the wide receivers and tight end are very good – though probably not quite as dominant in a vacuum as the scheme makes them. Riley puts them in fantastic situations and they are constantly mind screwing the opposing teams coverage by constantly muddying assignments, shifting personnel, using unconventional backfield action and creating easy reads for the QB. They’re a handful, they install a lot of stuff, play fast, and it’s impressive that they can execute all of it.
Enjoy the win. Texas opened as a 8 point underdog for a reason. While a fervent Sooner rally and a late sputtering Longhorn offense gave us all a shared empty sick feeling, like our guts were inhabited by a Kyler Murray sized loss gnome looking to claw out like the baby from Alien, there are no bad wins in Texas-OU. None. Old-timers, please chime in and have my back on this one. There are no bad wins in Texas-OU. Particularly ones that are this freaking awesome.
Now that everyone is scared by the prospect of the Sooner offense, it’s time to talk about where the real opportunities rests for Texas: The Sooner defense. Mike Stoops is on the headset and that always gives Texas a chance to win. But first, the Sooner special teams…
The Red River Shootout is the defining college football rivalry game where anything can truly happen and the underdog beats the favorite with surprising frequency.
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At halftime, with Texas leading comfortably 19-0, I imagined a postgame postscript something along the lines of “It’s really encouraging that Texas can play their C game on the road against a bad opponent and still win 33-10.”
The Wildcats are 2-2 and 0-1 in Big 12 play with a home loss to Mississippi State (31-10) and a thorough beatdown at West Virginia (35-6). Wins against South Dakota and UTSA did little to soothe that sting or inspire confidence.
The Texas offense had three performances in one game. One solid, one horrific, one excellent.