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5 Quick Thoughts: Texas loses a spread shootout to LSU

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Texas gave that game to LSU. There’s no question that LSU played outstanding football, clearly hiring assistant offensive coach Joe Brady was a great decision and he was able to join forces with Joe Burrow and Steve Ensminger to build a phenomenal spread passing attack. The Tigers came in and won that game with a great effort and a truly potent offensive system.

But Tom Herman and his staff will be kicking themselves for a variety of mistakes that proved decisive in that contest. One mistake in particular.

Some will point to a few near misses by Texas players that led to the defeat. Collin Johnson nearly came up with a couple of balls, including the onside kick that would have given Texas possession in a one-score game with 20 or so seconds left. Brandon Jones dropped an interception in the end zone before a LSU touchdown. Keaontay Ingram made an iffy cut on third and two on the opening drive and then dropped the touchdown pass on fourth and goal. There’s plenty of mistakes and blame to go around, but the coaching staff made some decisions that were less defensible than a few near-miss plays by a roster that played their hearts out.

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History major, football theorist.