The Nahlin the coffin. "We Can Do It For Coach emotion and Win It For Charlie Guys Because The Internet Says He Could Come Back" met the reality of a season long of bad coaching. These players aren't even aware that they haven't been maximized and are probably legitimately puzzled that a poor TCU team crushed them in the second half by virtue of nothing more than simple competence.
I wanted to relay some information in light of the misinformation and speculation floating around. Rumor peddling is fun intrigue, but there can be a cost to constant misinformation. Not always to the peddlers. But sometimes to the program. The decision was made on the field in Lawrence, Kansas.
In postmortems, I usually focus on dissecting each side of the ball, look at individual and unit performances and try to tease together some common threads for the season. I'm not sure there's much value to be gained in a deep dive here, since my initial Postgame Quick Reaction published shortly after the game was only confirmed by the re-watch.
The Longhorns lost a heartbreaker at home to the Mountaineers despite forcing four turnovers, driving up and down the field between the 20s for four quarters and out gaining West Virginia 536-383. But the scoreboard determines Ws and Ls, not the box score.
The 7-1 West Virginia Mountaineers comes to Austin ranked 10th in the nation, the Big 12's surprise dark horse. They're the anti-Texas - a team of media-starved veterans exceeding expectation. The only thing they seem to have in common with the Longhorns is their willingness to balance their spread attack with the running game and a base 3-3-5 defense. Unlike us, they installed their defense in August.
The Texas Longhorn defense surrendered 16 points in the 1st quarter against Texas Tech (could've been 17, if not for Poona's paw) as the Red Raiders employed muscle memory blitz beaters and easy pitch-and-catch to whip our normal defensive looks. Patrick Mahomes has never seen a slot blitz before! Whatever will he do? Besides throw to his hot route for an easy 20...
Charlie Strong notched his 2nd road win in his last eight and put Texas over .500 and in a favorable position to finish the season with real momentum. The home date against West Virginia looms large. But let's talk about the here and now...