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Texas-West Virginia Postmortem — Where are we now?

D'Onta Foreman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In postmortems, I usually focus on dissecting each side of the ball, look at individual and unit performances and try to tease together some common threads for the season. I’m not sure there’s much value to be gained in a deep dive here, since my initial Postgame Quick Reaction published shortly after the game was only confirmed by the re-watch.

SCIPIO TEX: Reactions, Post-WVU

Jason Hall. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Longhorns lost a heartbreaker at home to the Mountaineers despite forcing four turnovers, driving up and down the field between the 20s for four quarters and out gaining West Virginia 536-383. But the scoreboard determines Ws and Ls, not the box score.

Scipio Tex: The West Virginia Preview

Texas, West Virginia

The 7-1 West Virginia Mountaineers comes to Austin ranked 10th in the nation, the Big 12’s surprise dark horse. They’re the anti-Texas – a team of media-starved veterans exceeding expectation. The only thing they seem to have in common with the Longhorns is their willingness to balance their spread attack with the running game and a base 3-3-5 defense.

Unlike us, they installed their defense in August.

Texas Tech Postmortem: Defense

Malik Jefferson and Breckyn Hager team up on the tackle. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Texas Longhorn defense surrendered 16 points in the 1st quarter against Texas Tech (could’ve been 17, if not for Poona’s paw) as the Red Raiders employed muscle memory blitz beaters and easy pitch-and-catch to whip our normal defensive looks. Patrick Mahomes has never seen a slot blitz before! Whatever will he do? Besides throw to his hot route for an easy 20…

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.