Let’s talk Red Raiders and consider a few thoughts on how the Longhorn defense can remain gluten free in the land of the tortilla tossers.
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.
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.
The Baylor defense was supposed to be a major handicap for the Bears in 2016 after a rash of suspensions, injuries and various self-inflicted wounds.
It hasn’t played out that way.
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.
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
The Texas defense played four quarters, the Texas offense totally dominated one and the 3-3 Longhorns cruised to a much-needed home win.
More after UT’s 27-6 win over Iowa State on Saturday night.
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.
Whatever this season’s frustrations, I’d be remiss if I didn’t take the time to appreciate a great football player. D’Onta Foreman is that. Through four games played in 2016 (he missed UTEP) Foreman has set the bar for consistency and excellence as the Longhorn’s lead halfback.
When a head coach takes over a coordinator’s role, it’s generally viewed as a desperate action with little hope for success. There’s no doubt that it’s an urgent move and it assuredly signals that the coordinator is done, but there have been a number of head coach takeovers which have turned out pretty well.