Author Archives: Paul Wadlington

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.

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.