The opening game in Texas head coach Shaka Smart’s fourth season was a night of several firsts.
If you’ve been listening to our Pretend We’re Football Podcast (and judging by the analytic numbers…you haven’t), you’d know that one of the reasons for some of the heightened expectations this season is Texas’ quasi-veteran laden lineup.
Joe Cook brings the goods as we discuss the topics of the day: WVU, Tech, Herman and his staff, and touch on recruiting.
Head coaches and coordinators that run various iterations of the air raid offense make up a significant chunk of offensive coaching staffs in the Big 12. Texas has faced four of the five main air raid offenses in 2018, with Saturday’s game against Texas Tech the final challenge for Texas against the pass-happy offense Mike Leach brought to the Big 12.
Like most everyone else, West Virginia opted to bring another defender to the box to account for the extra gap Texas could create in various schemes with Andrew Beck. That’s actually their preference anyways and they’ve been very solid at playing over the top at CB and FS. The question was how Texas would attack them.
The season’s best performance by the Longhorn offense was a fun watch, not just because it highlighted the supreme growth of Sam Ehlinger, the OL in pass protection, the wide receivers, and Tre Watson being possessed by tackle-breaking demons, but it also showed once again what the Longhorn offense is capable of operating without an imposed governor on its upside.
We’re looking closer at the Texas Defense as they prepare for the high-scoring Red Raiders in Lubbock. Some injury updates and more team info, plus notes/quotes from recruits who visited the 40 Acres this weekend and keep our eye on the cornerback position for 2019’s cycle inside the Scoop
The defensive debacle you saw live on Saturday in Austin was even worse in review. I enjoy writing for all of you and relish my decades of connection to the Longhorn community, but you all owe me a Go Fund Me page to pay for my psychiatric care after being forced to watch this Longhorn defense play football again.
If you are looking for feel good words about our defensive performance yesterday you might need to check another post. I will attempt to use only the best of the worst in describing the defensive effort from the top on down.
West Virginia QB Will Grier’s perfect 33-yard touchdown pass to Gary Jennings Jr. with 0:16 left gave Mountaineer head coach Dana Holgorsen the chance to go for two and the win. After several timeouts by both teams, Grier took the snap and ran to the end zone untouched to put WVU ahead by one to seal the 42-41 road victory for the No. 12 Mountaineers over the No. 15 Longhorns.