Our Coach Venable turns in his grades after the Texas-OU brawl in Dallas on Saturday from the Cotton Bowl. The offense continues to struggle and rely on the QB, while the defense has spurts of greatness, sprinkled with secondary breakdowns. Here’s Coach V’s grades after UT’s 29-24 loss at the Red River Shootout.
The difference in offensive line play between the two teams was clearly evident and the single greatest factor in the game outcome. Add three coverage busts and a Kris Boyd exhibition of balls skills usually reserved for Connecticut tee ball leagues and there’s 20 Sooner points (6 on two field goals; 14 points on two touchdowns; including the 59 yard go-ahead TD to TE Mark Andrews when Texas led 24-23 6:53 into the 4th quarter) on four plays.
DALLAS — At first, Tom Herman and Lincoln Riley’s first tussle in the Cotton Bowl looked like it was on its way to mimicking several matchups Mack Brown and Bob Stoops had in the early 2000s. The Sooners jumped out to an early lead, and had both their offense and defense playing very effectively in the first quarter.
That was probably the most physical Red River Shootout I’ve watched in some time. Texas brought a lot of fight to this game in 2013 and then throughout the Charlie Strong era, often bringing some toughness and physicality to the run game that gave Oklahoma trouble. This was another beast altogether though.
With the elite talent in Houston this cycle, Tom Herman and Texas were waiting for another domino to drop from H-Town. That next domino just dropped.
Houston Lamar defensive back D’Shawn Jamison committed to Texas today. Jamison chose Texas over competing offers from Baylor, Florida, Houston, and USC, among others.
If you weren’t ready before, get ready for the Red River Shootout with the IT staff.
We’re back in Dallas for the Red River Shootout. It’s Texas-OU, the Cotton Bowl, Herman vs Riley, Ehlinger vs Mayfield. Longhorns vs Sooners. Let’s do this.
Yeah, I’d say that thin, pasty-faced Brit nailed it. I’ve pretty much wanted to smash faces with a sledgehammer all week. Do you wear gloves for that sort of thing? I don’t need much reason to hate the Sooners.
We walked through the dark and around the graveyard, where I always park when I’m going to a Texas game in Austin. I have kids, so I’m cheap, and parking next to the graves across the highway is free.
My son Miles, who was 12 then, knows the routine.
It’s time for Fletchers corny dogs, overpriced stuffed animals, and a fist fight between the burnt orange and boomer Sooners. Texas is hosting an impressive allotment of prospects, especially 2019, where UT is looking to make a dent in as soon as they finish up this Top 5 composite 2018 class.