Author Archives: Paul Wadlington

Texas-Baylor Postmortem: Defense/Special Teams

Bryce Cottrell sacks the QB (Will Gallagher/IT)

It’s hard to praise a defense that surrendered over 600 yards of offense and defended the running game like my stomach against Nuevo Laredo street meat, but the effort level was good and there were some old reliable bright spots along with some encouraging developments in the secondary. Five or six guys played good football for us. Home games seem to at least ensure some degree of focus.

Texas-Baylor Postmortem: Offense

Kent Perkins and Zack Shackelford (Will Gallagher/IT)

A sign of a good offense is when you’re largely unimpressed with the play-calling, but it produces anyway. For the average football consumer, play calling and offensive production are synonymous, but they’re same-same-but-different as my Laotian house boy(?) likes to say.

Scipio Tex: K-State post-game reaction

D'Onta Foreman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

I offered the Wildcat game plan in the game preview. So I’m sure none of us were surprised. I don’t think my heart rate broke 100. Grind, possess, take the air out of the ball. Even though KSU uncharacteristically derailed their own Wildcat ball with three second half turnovers. They scouted us well and it showed on key downs. Texas won 1st and 2nd more often than not. The Wildcats won 3rd and 4th down. That was the difference in the game. That written, I didn’t expect Texas to help KSU execute their game plan.

Scipio Tex: Kansas State Game Preview

Tyrone Swoopes. (Will Gallagher/IT)

I saw the 3-3 Wildcats play Stanford in person a few weeks ago and they’re not a hard team to scout. That doesn’t mean they’re easy to beat. Especially for Texas.

They’re a one dimensional flawed offensive team with a good defense, good special teams and a coaching staff that has knack for opponent specific adjustments, particularly against teams that lose their fundamentals

Scipio Tex: Iowa State Preview

Shane Buechele vs OSU. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Cyclones are off to a rough start (1-5 record, 0-3 in Big 12 play) but consecutive heartbreaking losses to Baylor and Oklahoma State suggest that new head coach Matt Campbell has Iowa State playing significantly better football than the early season squad that lost to Northern Iowa at home and surrendered the CyHawk trophy to Iowa after a 42-3 drubbing.