Today, we'll discuss Alfred Collins and Loic Founoji official visit news, and catch up with a handful of Texas commits who are heading to the playoffs in a few weeks. The Inside Scoop - Part I for your Monday consumption. Part II later this evening or Tuesday AM.
It's fun to watch our guys make plays. When you score half a hundred it stands to reason we must have played pretty damn well and we did. The best part for me was we had guys picking up other guys when we fell a little short of positive execution. Four turnovers (interception, fumble, and two 4th down blunders) usually spells hello loss column but we overcame because players made plays down the stretch. Here are the grades:
The Texas offense shook off two turnovers and a cold streak in the 3rd quarter and the staff pressing on two first half 4th down attempts to rescue multiple possessions on 3rd and long (Texas was 9 of 14 on 3rd down conversions and amassed an amazing 33 first downs) and destroy an outmatched Kansas defense late to power Texas to the 50-48 win.
A week after a dismal defensive performance against Oklahoma in which the Longhorns gave up 34 points, Texas returned home and proceeded to allow 48 points and 569 total yards to the Kansas Jayhawks.
With multiple new starters facing a Kansas offense that has shown much greater competence and had a bye week to prepare under a hotshot young OC, Texas' defense was in a decisive game. This was a time for the Longhorns to settle in on defense and focus on playing good base defense while keying Pooka Williams. That was the common assumption throughout the week, bolstered by talking points from the Texas staff about simplifying and getting the players moving fast.
Kansas presents itself as a great rebound opportunity this week and that's exactly what Texas fans should expect to see. We'll hear the tired 'it's Kansas' (no duh, thanks) if they play well but the important thing is they use Kansas as a chance to regain solid schematic and fundamental footing.
"No one works harder than (Roschon) does. He's on our field every morning at 5:45 am. Yesterday when I left here at 5 p.m., he was out here throwing to his receivers. It’s easy to progress when you work as hard as he does. He's a great player, a hard worker, but also a great student. He's got a 4.0 GPA. He makes us all really good coaches." - Port Neches-Groves HC Brian Faircloth, April 2018