I offered the Wildcat game plan in the game preview. So I'm sure none of us were surprised. I don't think my heart rate broke 100. Grind, possess, take the air out of the ball. Even though KSU uncharacteristically derailed their own Wildcat ball with three second half turnovers. They scouted us well and it showed on key downs. Texas won 1st and 2nd more often than not. The Wildcats won 3rd and 4th down. That was the difference in the game. That written, I didn't expect Texas to help KSU execute their game plan.
I saw the 3-3 Wildcats play Stanford in person a few weeks ago and they're not a hard team to scout. That doesn't mean they're easy to beat. Especially for Texas. They're a one dimensional flawed offensive team with a good defense, good special teams and a coaching staff that has knack for opponent specific adjustments, particularly against teams that lose their fundamentals
The Texas defense played four quarters, the Texas offense totally dominated one and the 3-3 Longhorns cruised to a much-needed home win. More after UT's 27-6 win over Iowa State on Saturday night.
The Cyclones are off to a rough start (1-5 record, 0-3 in Big 12 play) but consecutive heartbreaking losses to Baylor and Oklahoma State suggest that new head coach Matt Campbell has Iowa State playing significantly better football than the early season squad that lost to Northern Iowa at home and surrendered the CyHawk trophy to Iowa after a 42-3 drubbing.
When a head coach takes over a coordinator's role, it's generally viewed as a desperate action with little hope for success. There's no doubt that it's an urgent move and it assuredly signals that the coordinator is done, but there have been a number of head coach takeovers which have turned out pretty well.
Texas has an un-coached, uncoordinated defense. That didn't change after the bye week. So draw up all of the schemes you like. We can't play any of them right now because almost no one in our back 7 has a baseline understanding of the game, how their position fits into our scheme, or how it relates to our alignments.
The Cowboy defense has plenty of experience and some talent, but they're still smarting from the loss of impact edge players and inconsistent replacements. That deficiency is showing up in their inability to limit the deep passing game and that's the main reason they're surrendering 6.0 yards per play (at a staggering 9.5 yards per pass attempt) despite playing solid defense on money downs, limiting the run and tackling reasonably well. Here's OSU Preview on Defense at Inside Texas.