Author Archives: Paul Wadlington

Oklahoma State Postmortem: Offense

Jerrod Heard (Will Gallagher/IT)

Watching this offense and a snuff film are comparable cinematic experiences.

Tied 7-7 at halftime on the strength of a 90 yard John Burt sideline tiptoe capped off by a Sam Ehlinger TD run, Texas faithful wondered if a listless first half could be ameliorated with something more than a fluke play and with something resembling coordinated offense.

Oklahoma State Postmortem: Defense

Charles Omenihu (Will Gallagher/IT)

Mark Twain said that history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

The 2017 Longhorn season feels like a dark epic poem. Every promising verse against a top 10 team revealing yet another late twist that turns the verse to doggerel and bitter laughter. Todd Orlando and the Texas defense did their best to break the familiar rhythm, but the verse always turns. By now we know how these games are going to go late, even in the throes of hope and optimism. The dread won’t leave until we kill it on the field.

You Are What Your Record Says You Are

Tom Herman (Will Gallagher/IT)

I hear this Bill Parcells line said a lot with respect to Texas football.

This is both an undeniable reality and a favorite talking point parroted by blowhards who fancy that they’re shocking you back into reality with their real talk if you suggest you’ve seen any aspect of improvement that bodes well for the future. Particularly after a seven year wander in the desert where false hope has been peddled like sea monkeys and snake oil.

Texas-OU Postmortem

Brandon Jones. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The difference in offensive line play between the two teams was clearly evident and the single greatest factor in the game outcome. Add three coverage busts and a Kris Boyd exhibition of balls skills usually reserved for Connecticut tee ball leagues and there’s 20 Sooner points (6 on two field goals; 14 points on two touchdowns; including the 59 yard go-ahead TD to TE Mark Andrews when Texas led 24-23 6:53 into the 4th quarter) on four plays.

Texas Iowa State Postmortem: Offense

Shane Buechele (Will Gallagher/IT)

In my preview, I wrote that the Iowa State game was a basic competency test. Could our offensive staff show the ability to think expansively about the offense and, if not be proactive in their problem solving, at least demonstrate that they could be effectively reactive?

Iowa State Cyclones Preview

Charles Omenihu and Naashon Hughes. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Cyclones have an uneven talent level. While I’m generally impressed with their skill players, they lack difference makers in the trenches. If Texas controls the game, it’ll be because our OL can stalemate their front and our defensive line whips their offensive line on running downs so that we can eliminate any guessing games on 2nd and 3rd down.