Collectively, the first effort of the year that resembled some of the lowlights of last year's offense: a second half descent into why-is-everything-is-so-hard grind, way too many 3rd and longs, overall poor play (penalties, Ehlinger's bad INT, bad routes, a couple of OL defeats) in the 3rd quarter, and some struggles with Mountaineer defensive adjustments out of halftime.
It is still a hoot to watch this offense go about it's business. I think it only fair to mention that we faced one terrific football player yesterday (56---Sills) and he alone attempted to wreck our intentions and personally lowered some otherwise great grades. We still had some outstanding individual plays made---I like to believe it's mainly because we were all "tryin to" more than they summed up. Here are the grades:
MORGANTOWN, WV -- Through one quarter, it was 7-7. After the first half, Texas led 21-14. The Longhorn offense didn’t look pretty, but the defense held its own over the first 30 minutes. After halftime, Todd Orlando’s side of the ball continued to pace the way, and the Longhorn offense finally caught up.
Texas kept scoring in this game, finishing with 42 points and preventing West Virginia's attempts to exploit the Longhorns' special teams late from holding much relevance for the final outcome. You had to wonder if Tom Herman determined during or after the 2018 season that it might be better to pour on a few extra points when feasible in Big 12 contests this season. No one in this league will accept a beating like a gentleman, they will keep throwing haymakers and welcome the possibility of a 55-24 final score if it means they have a better shot at winning 56-55.
The bye week for Texas came at a great time. The injuries were piling up so a week to heal and drill down some special teams specifics were unquestionably valuable for this team. Texas was also lucky with how things fell into place for October. Next up is the road trip to West Virginia, who doesn’t have the high end talent nor the infrastructure of previous seasons, and then the Red River Shootout.
Both Texas and West Virginia come out of the bye week at 3-1, but both programs look very different under the hood. Holgo didn't flee the mountains just because he hated the night life. He knows what left the program (5 NFL draft picks, the offense) and what was coming back. Of course, Major Applewhite didn't exactly set the table for him in Houston, but let's explore that tangent elsewhere.