It's fun to watch our guys make plays. When you score half a hundred it stands to reason we must have played pretty damn well and we did. The best part for me was we had guys picking up other guys when we fell a little short of positive execution. Four turnovers (interception, fumble, and two 4th down blunders) usually spells hello loss column but we overcame because players made plays down the stretch. Here are the grades:
The Texas offense shook off two turnovers and a cold streak in the 3rd quarter and the staff pressing on two first half 4th down attempts to rescue multiple possessions on 3rd and long (Texas was 9 of 14 on 3rd down conversions and amassed an amazing 33 first downs) and destroy an outmatched Kansas defense late to power Texas to the 50-48 win.
A week after a dismal defensive performance against Oklahoma in which the Longhorns gave up 34 points, Texas returned home and proceeded to allow 48 points and 569 total yards to the Kansas Jayhawks.
With multiple new starters facing a Kansas offense that has shown much greater competence and had a bye week to prepare under a hotshot young OC, Texas' defense was in a decisive game. This was a time for the Longhorns to settle in on defense and focus on playing good base defense while keying Pooka Williams. That was the common assumption throughout the week, bolstered by talking points from the Texas staff about simplifying and getting the players moving fast.
Kansas presents itself as a great rebound opportunity this week and that's exactly what Texas fans should expect to see. We'll hear the tired 'it's Kansas' (no duh, thanks) if they play well but the important thing is they use Kansas as a chance to regain solid schematic and fundamental footing.
Lincoln Riley and his staff put on a very unwelcome exposé in the Cotton Bowl on some of the problems in Tom Herman’s Texas program. There are a few issues now that are more or less settled fact, many of which can only be patched up next offseason when more rigorous solutions can be applied. One such issue is the lack of bang for his buck that Herman is getting from his staff.
After Texas plays LSU, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma over the course of six weeks, which could be the three toughest games they play all year, things really slow down for the Longhorns. The next three games include a home date with Kansas the week after the Red River Shootout, a road trip to the Fort to play TCU, and then back to Austin to host Kansas State.