Author Archives: Paul Wadlington

Texas-USC Postmortem: Defense

DeShon Elliott and Malik Jefferson (Will Gallagher/IT)

I’m sick to my stomach re-watching that defensive effort result in a loss, though incredibly pleased with our play against an elite QB with a lot of weapons at his disposal. USC’s OL got pushed around at three positions and their receivers are better athletes than football players, but the Texas DL totally dominated the line of scrimmage, our linebackers scraped and filled with abandon (particularly as the game progressed), Holton Hill was good in coverage and Deshon Elliott took major strides forward as the playmaking safety we so badly need.

Pixie Dust Provided: 7 Reasons Texas Beats USC

Vince Young (Will Gallagher/IT)

I don’t think we beat USC in LA because I lack winnerness, but if the Horns pull off the upset in the Coliseum, it’s a good bet we’ll be able to look to these reasons as to why. Every year we lull ourselves into defining teams early in the year (the LA Rams are going to play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl you guys!), but as the season plays out, we often find out that the early glimpses were deceiving.

Texas-SJSU Postmortem: Offense

Sam Ehlinger (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Spartans were a bad defensive football team with zero depth, but 623 yards of offense, eight touchdowns and a dominant rushing attack in a true freshman QB debut is vastly preferable to the How Did We Handle Our Scrub alternatives like Baylor (UTSA-17, Baylor-10) and Texas A&M (Aggies-24, Nicholls State-14 – tie game in the 4th quarter at Kyle Field).