Hook 'em - Texas football summaries

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  1. Dru50

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    Hook 'em - Texas football summaries

    Texas opens season with road win vs BYU 63-14

    The Longhorns had a few questions coming into the season on offense after replacing long-time Colt McCoy at QB. Senior Sherrod Harris won the job in camp and didn't dissappoint in the opening game, leading the Longhorns to a quality win on the road, 63-14. Harris finished the game (in the early 3rd quarter) 14-18 for 288 yards and 4 TD's. The story of the game was the Texas offensive line, which gave Harris great time in the pocket and dominated in the running game. 4 Texas RB's, led by Cody Johnsons 110 yards, combined to run for over 300 yards.

    The only downside from the game was the offenses red zone turnovers (a fumble at the 1 yard line and a pick inside the 10) and the Texas defense's inability to create turnovers on the other side of the ball.

    The Longhorns now have to prepare for a big showdown with 2009 Pac 10 champion Oregon in week 2.
     
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    Texas bye week report card

    Entering the week 12 bye week for the Longhorns, things are looking as good as any fan could expect. The team is undefeated at 10-0 and ranked #1 in the BCS poll. However, there are potential clouds on the horizon. The upcoming game with rival Texas A&M shouldn't be overly challenging, but then comes the game that will determine not just the Longhorns fate, but likely will determine one of the BCS title game entrants, a visit to the Swamp to face the #3 Florida Gators. The Gators currently have one loss, to last years national champs FSU, and came into the season ranked #2 and have been in the top 10 all season. The game will feature a matchup of the # 3 and #6 scoring offenses and two stingy defenses and should be a classic.

    Offense breakdown - The offense has been efficient all year and able to move the ball and score with nearly anyone, ranking 3rd in points, 7th in total yards, 3rd in rushing yards and 13th in passing yards. The offense has been led by 5th year senior QB Sherrod Harris, who sat for 3 years behind Colt McCoy waiting for this opportunity. He's been effective for the most part, throwing for 2,377 yards and 22 TD's thus far. He has protected the ball well with the exception of two games, and has thrown 11 INT's on the year. The backup QB's haven't shown a great deal, which is concerning going into the 2011 season, junior John Chiles can run with the best of them but his passing leaves much to be desired. Redshirt freshman Garrett Gilbert hasn't looked ready for primetime in the mop-up duty chances he's had, so he will have to show serious improvement in the offseason to have a shot at the starting job next season.

    At running back, it's been a back-by-committee approach. This isn't because of a lack of a standout back, but more an effort by coach Dru to keep 4 great talents happy by spreading the ball around. Junior Cody Johnson leads the team in carries (110), yards (557) and TD's (11) but is largely a short yardage and goal line back. At 253 pounds he has the power but lacks the short area burst that we want at HB. If he stays next year, he likely will move to FB. The remaining backs are senior Vondrell McGee (492 yards), sophomore Tre Newton (292 yards) and freshman Chris Whaley (260 yards). Tre Newton had moved into the starting role in week 10 but was hurt the next week and is likely out until the bowl game at best.

    At receiver and tight end, the Texas team has again spread the ball around. Senior captain Brandon Collins leads the team in all categories, with 43 catches for 920 yards and 9 TD's. Malcolm Williams and Dan Buckner (both juniors) have 26 and 23 catches respectively and 3 TD's a piece and sophomore TE DJ Grant leads the tight ends with 23 catches and 3 TD's. Sophomore WR's DJ Monroe and Desean Hales haven't contributed much this year due to the experienced talent in front of them but should step up in 2011. This receiver group would have more yards and TD's if Coach Dru could run the passing game he'd like to, but the team has had to rely more on the run due to Harris' skill set at QB. Backup tight end Greg Smith may likely move to tackle in 2011 as he has average speed for a tight end but is a tremendous blocker (90 strength and run/pass blocking in the 80's).

    Defense breakdown - The defense has been solid if unspectacular. They have shown the ability to limit high powered offenses (giving up 14 points vs Oregon and 20 points vs Oklahoma) but haven't gotten as many big plays as the Texas coaches were hoping for. The unit has 21 sacks and 12 INT's on the year. The good news though is that the only senior starters on the unit are DE' Eddie Jones and Sam Acho, MLB Dustin Earnest and CB Chykie Brown, and there is great depth behind all of them on the roster.

    Overall -
    This year is so far living up to expectations, and the game against Florida will be very telling as to where this team is at. Next year should be another strong year, as the roster should be loaded at every position (except QB), unless there is a mass exodus of early entrants to the NFL or transfers.
     
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    Texas visits the Swamp and tames the Gators 37-7

    What was billed as a matchup of two national title contenders fizzled in the first half, as the Longhorns jumped out to a first half 34-7 lead and ran out the clock in the second half.

    The Longhorn played possibly it's best half of the season in the first half of this game. There were several big gains in the running game to keep the Gator defense honest and senior QB Sherrod Harris was nearly flawless, going 12-16 for 235 yards and a TD. The running game was also effective, as V. McGee had 15 carries for 101 yards in the first half, before leaving with an injury. Redshirt freshman Chris Whaley continued the strong effort in the second half, and was also the goal line back in this game, carrying the ball 20 times for 85 yards and 3 TD's.

    Florida was hurt by QB McClouds youth in this game, as he was not very accurate in the passing game, only completing 10-22 passes for 119 yards. The Gator running game never got going, as Demps only had 3 carries for 8 yards and McCloud had 8 carries for -19 yards (mainly due to 5 sacks).

    The Texas defense was on target all game, with no one player dominating the tackles, but the two DE's (E. Jones and S. Acho) each had 2 sacks.

    Up next - A rematch with Nebraska in the Big 12 title game. A win there locks up a spot in BCS title game.
     
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    Texas Longhorns 2011

    Texas Longhorns 2011 preseason outlook

    Coming off a dream undefeated national title season, Coach Dru's team is going for a chance to be remembered with the great teams of all time by trying to win back to back championships in 2011. Several highly regarded juniors elected to come back to school as opposed to chasing NFL riches. When asked why he elected to come back to Texas for 2011, SS Earl Thomas told ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit that 'the money will be there for all of us next year, we want to be legends.' High expectations in Austin abound for this year.

    Offense - The offense loses QB Sherrod Harris and several very good lineman, as well as WR Brandon Collins and RB Vondrell McGee. However, many scouts feel this years Texas team is more talented than the team that took home the title in 2010. While the QB situation is unsettled entering game 1, what is known is that it is down to senior John Chiles and sophomore Garrett Gilbert. Chiles is the frontrunner through preseason, since Coach Dru would like to reward him for staying for waiting his turn, however the best player will play. The choice at QB could cause a major change in the Texas offensive strategy this year, as Chiles has great speed and running ability. Whichever QB starts, he will be surrounded by great skill position talent and assisted by a strong line. Junior HB Tre Newton (rated 93) will get the bulk of the carries this season, and is ably backed up by BCS title game hero Chris Whaley (rated 90). Senior Cody Johnson has moved back to FB in order to enable Coach Dru to get the most talent on the field. The starting 4 WR's are big and fast, led by seniors Malcolm Williams (rated 98) and Dan Buckner (rated 96). Junior DJ Grant (rated 89) returns at TE, and former TE Greg Smith has moved inside to left tackle in 2011 (rated 93). The remainder of the line is sophomore LG Mason Walters (rated 88), senior C David Snow (rated 96), junior RG Mark Buchanan (rated 95) and senior and captain RT Kyle Hicks (rated 99).

    Defense - Key losses on defense include both starting DE's and the starting MLB, however there was a depth of talent on that side of the ball last year and that depth will now get a chance to shine. Senior FS Earl Thomas (rated 99) leads the defense in 2011, and he leads a stellar secondary that is talented and experienced. Joining him in the secondary is senior FS Nolan Brewster (rated 92), senior SS Christian Scott (rated 97) and senior SS Blake Gideon (rated 92). The Longhorn defensive staff has been tinkering with the idea of switching to a 4-2-5 or 3-3-5 in an effort to get as many of these players on the field as possible. The defensive line is led senior DT Kheeston Randall (rated 97), and is filled out by sophomore DT Calvin Howell (rated 94), senior DE Russell Carter (rated 90) and sophomore DE Alex Okafor (rated 92). The linebacking corp is also solid, led by returning starters Emmanuel Acho (rated 94), Keenan Robinson (rated 98) and new starter sophomore Tariq Allen (rated 92).

    This is definitely one of the most talented teams in the nation, but the possible changes in offensive and defensive strategies proposed by the coaches have some Longhorn fans worried. The first several games should not pose a significant threat, however, the team must be ready when week 4 arrives, as a visit to Columbus, Ohio to face an equally talented Buckeye team will be a litmus test for the Longhorns in 2011.
     
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    Damn, that is a lot of 90+ guys on the defensive side of the ball. Florida has a pretty good team this season but you easily have my team topped in talent, especially on defensive side.
     
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    Hook 'em - Texas football summaries

    Knight, per your request, please use this thread to move my other two threads together. Sorry for the confusion.
     
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    Yeah, I was glad that Earl Thomas and K. Robinson stayed for their senior years (probably because I played a really conservative defensive approach last year that didn't rack up much in stats). With the talent that is there this year, I'm going to try to get a bit more aggressive this season on defense.

    I was looking last night and there are 6 teams I think that are A+ across the board this year (Texas, USC, Florida, FSU, Miami and OSU) and the rest are mostly A+. Crazy powerful teams all around. I think it's due to the progression issues with the initial freshman and sophomores in the game. With all that talent I expect to see a number of CPU blowouts but the user games will be interesting, no gimmes for anyone.
     
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    Texas wins 2011 vs Rice 49-7

    The Longhorns opened 2011 with a new QB and a new offensive and defensive strategy. By the end of the game, the coaching staff wasn't as happy with the overall results as the score may have indicated.

    Texas unveiled a new spread option attack installed in the offseason in an attempt to take advantage of senior QB John Chiles running ability. While the stats would indicate the offense was a success, with the Horns getting 280 yards on 48 carries and 6 TD's, stats don't tell the tale. The bulk of the yards from shotgun formations came from keepers by Chiles and the only successful runs by the RB's came from goal line sets when the game was out of reach. Against a better quality opponent, that type of offense won't work. Chiles had 15 carries for 115 yards and 2 TD's running to go along with 12 of 17 passing for 179 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. Junior RB Tre Newton added 109 yards on the ground and 2 TD's. Coach Dru said after the game that the team would likely move towards a playbook similar to last year, with the addition of some triple option looks to take advantage of Chiles talents.

    The defense was employing a 4-2-5 look with more safeties on the field. The blitz looks from this defense had the Rice QB's flustered all game, leading to the team having less that 100 yards of total offense prior to a 97 yard pass for a TD by Rice late in the 4th when the 2nd team was in. Again, however, the coaches worry that the unusual zone looks and need to play largely man defense from this set won't work against the top 10 opponents on the schedule, so the team will move back to the 4-3 look in the next game.

    Up next - A matchup with BCS buster Boise State.
     
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    Texas goes back to the future, beating Boise St 56-10

    This game was over in the first half, with John Chiles showing the Texas faithful why he won the starting QB job for 2011. Chiles had 3 TD's passing and 3 TD's running in the first half, leading to a 49-3 halftime lead. The backups came in to pound the ball in the second half and run out the clock. The win came at a cost however, as starting HB Tre Newton was lost to injury for 3 weeks on the final drive of the first half. He will definitely miss the OSU game after the bye week but the coaches hope he will be available for the Red River Shootout.

    After a Boise punt on the opening possession, Chiles came out in a 3 wide set, but Boise showed no respect for his passing ability as they crowded the line expecting the run. Chiles dropped back and hit senior WR Malcolm Williams for a 58 yard TD pass and followed on the next drive with more crisp passing capped by a 23 yard TD run on a busted pass play. For the half Chiles finished 7-7 passing for 194 yards and 3 TD's and added 106 yards on 5 carries (the bulk of the yards came on a triple option QB keeper for a 70 yard TD). Tre Newton had 104 yards on 15 carries in the half before his injury.

    The defense was strong, moving back to the 4-3 look that was a staple of last years defense. The unit held Boise to 183 yards of total offense and didn't give up a TD until the backups were in.

    Up next - Bye week, followed by a visit to Columbus to face the Buckeyes.
     
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    Texas overcomes injuries to win at Ohio State, 31-17

    The Longhorns were coming into the game with OSU looking to unveil a new spread option look with super athlete John Chiles at the controls. Things started off well, with Chiles completing his first two passes for 22 yards, but then unfortunately, Chiles went down with an injury on his first carry, on the first drive, and was lost for the game.

    That brought junior QB G. Gilbert into the game. Gilbert had a chance at the starting job in the offseason, but lost out to Chiles, and the first drive of his 2011 season showed why. He was rattled from the start and was wildly inaccurate on his first three passes. Texas was forced to punt the ball after a promising start, but a punt downed at the 4 helped the Texas defense force a punt by OSU.

    Coach Dru decided that he wasn't going to put the game in Gilberts hands, and that if the team was going to win, the running game would have to do the job. Unfortunately, the spread playbook the team came into the game with did not provide many opportunities for a diverse running attack, with only 4 non-shotgun formations to play with and about 10 non-shotgun running plays to choose from.

    The running game was effective, with a running back by committee approach able to gain 159 yards on 34 carries and control the clock. Gilbert was mainly only asked to run play action off these runs, and he was able to hit some big plays. The biggest was a 31 yard pass on a post pattern to senior WR Malcolm Williams. Gilbert finished 7-13 for 134 yards and 3 TD's.

    On defense, the 4-2-5 had mixed results. The coaches were not happy with the holes in the backside of the defense and the defensive line is generally good enough to generate pressure on its own. The team will be moving back to the 4-3 for good for the 2011 season starting next week.

    Up next - Big 12 play starts with Kansas State visiting the Longhorns.
     
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    Texas gets win vs K State, 41-7, but loses Chiles for 6-8 weeks

    This was supposed to be the year John Chiles lived up to the hype from his high school recruiting. He sat on the bench, played WR for a year, did everything the coaches asked, but when given the reins, he has been unable to stay healthy. Chiles was having a great game going into the late 3rd quarter with a 20 point lead, with over 300 combined yards and 3 TD's, when he was hit from behind for a sack, breaking his forearm. Doctors have estimate the rehab time to be 6-8 weeks at best, which likely means Chiles will not return until a bowl game, effectively ending his Texas career.

    Sophomore QB Greg Gilbert will take over the reigns. He lost the job in camp, but played well enough to get the team a big win in Columbus, Ohio in week 4. In this game, Gilbert came in and helped ice the game going 5-7 for 84 yards with a TD. Coach Dru told the media that the team will likely be moving back to the offense used in 2010, which is more balanced with little to no option running.

    Player of the game - Senior WR Malcolm Williams, 10 catches, 167 yards and a TD

    Up next - The Red River Shootout vs rival Oklahoma.
     
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    Texas wins Red River Shootout, 38-17, thanks to defensive big plays

    The rivalry heated up again, and things looked great for the Horns early, with an opening 60 yard completion to Malcolm Williams to the OU 1 yard line on the games opening play. Chris Whaley would punch the ball in for 6, and then the Horn defense forced a turnover on the OU opening drive. That's when things started to turn south. Injury prone HB Tre Newton was hurt on the drive, and will miss a month. The Texas offense seemed a bit shellshocked losing another playmaker in as many weeks, and was forced to punt.

    From that point on, the Sooners dominated every part of the game but one, turnovers. OU had more than 100 more yards, dominated time of possession and converted 3rd down after 3rd down (9-11), but the defensive leaders made plays when it mattered, picking off Landry Jones 5 times including 2 that went for TD's.

    New QB G. Gilbert played a very good game, going 10-18 for 194 yards and 2 TD. He was aided by several drops by OU defenders on passes thrown when Gilbert was hit.

    Player of the game - senior MLB K. Robinson, who had 11 tackles, a TFL and 2 INT's including one of the pick 6's.

    Up next - Texas visits Iowa State
     
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    I can't with a straight face say I should have won a game that I got beat 38 - 17 in but that was messed up. I take your word Dru that you didn't do any user picks and I don't do them either. Since we both have very high rated D's, that left it completely up to the CPU which ones got picked and which didn't. I counted 4 or 5 passes that were easy picks for OU but each one bounced off my guys hands. Texas had probably 5 or 6 chances at easy picks and they converted 5 of 5 or 5 of 6. In my opinion that changed the game in what should have been a very close game if the picks had evened out a little more.
    Anyhow, you got the V, OU is out of the title chase early and will play out the rest of the year for shits and giggles I guess.
     
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    Trust me, if I could take credit for user picking any of those, I would. At best when I control a LB or S I might be able to get myself in position to make a pick, but then my lack of 'stick skills' causes me to screw up. The only part of the picks I can take credit for is calling the defensive play.
     
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    Longhorns lay the smackdown on overmatched Iowa St, 69-0

    Not much to say here, Iowa St was severely outmanned in this game. The Texas offense and defense started out fast and never let up, even when the subs were in.

    Player of the game - G. Gilbert, who was given a chance to throw, didn't disappoint going 17-23 fro 285 yards and 5 TD's. For the season, in limited time he has 11 TD's and no picks.

    Up next - A visit to Baylor.
     
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    Texas dominates rival Baylor 63-7

    Baylor came into this game a heavy underdog, and the Horns didn't disappoint. The only points Baylor had came on a returned INT in the first quarter. For the game, the Bears had 76 yards and 5 first downs.

    The Texas offense is improving with Gilbert under center, showing balance (243 yards and 5 TD's running and 316 yards and 3 TD's passing). Gilbert played well again, but threw his first 2 INT of the year.

    Player of the game - The Horns defense.

    Up next - A home game vs Nebraska.
     
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    Longhorn defense shuts out 3rd consecutive opponent, blanking Nebraska 55-0

    This game was all about the Texas defense. The team knew this match-up would be very different than the prior two games, with Nebraska being more of a straight 'punch you in the mouth' running team, as compared to the spread option attacks of Iowa St and Baylor. Coach Dru told his defensive leaders that he had confidence in his secondary to cover the Husker receivers and that the team would stack 8 or 9 men in the box on every play. The plan worked to perfection, with Texas holding the Nebraska offense to 1 first down, 40 total yards of offense and no trips to the Texas side of the field all day. The Texas defense has now gone 3 games without allowing an opposing offense to score. The only score during those 3 games was a pick 6 thrown by Texas vs Baylor.

    On offense, Malcolm Williams provided big plays, and the combination of Chris Whaley and Jeremy Hills moved the ball on the ground. Gilbert was solid again at QB, throwing for nearly 300 yards with 3 TD and a pick.

    Player of the game - Malcolm Williams with 8 catches for 123 yards and 2 scores. Williams has moved to #4 in the Heisman watch.

    Up next - The Longhorns visit a struggling Oklahoma State squad.
     
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    Longhorns overwhelm Cowboys 59-14 in Stillwater

    Oklahoma State couldn't hang with the more talented Texas squad in this game. Texas outgained Oklahoma St 508 to 244, but the Cowboys were the first team in a month to score points against the Longhorn defense. They were able to score 1 TD against the starting defense and another vs the backups.

    On offense, Tre Newton returned from injury in the 2nd quarter of this game and put up 95 yards on 18 carries in about a half of play. The scoring was really generated by Gilbert and his receiving corp, with the QB going 17-22 for 298 yards and 5 TD. Malcolm Williams led the receivers with 110 yards and 2 TD.

    The defense was led by senior SS C. Scott who recorded 8 tackles.

    Up next - A home game against Texas Tech.
     
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    Gilbert lights up the Red Raiders as Texas wins 49-10

    In a game that saw John Chiles return from injury (which makes the Texas squad fully healthy for the first time since week 1), G. Gilbert made his case that he is the current and future QB of the Horns. Gilbert played the best half of football perhaps in Longhorn history going 13-16 for 369 yards and 3 TD in the first half. Gilbert gave way to the return of Chiles in the 2nd half, and shaking off some rust, Chiles added 76 yards passing and 31 yards rushing in the 2nd half. Malcolm Williams was the main target again of Gilbert in the first half, hauling in 6 passes for 194 yards and a TD.

    The Longhorn defense was led by T. Mims and K. Randall on the DL, who recorded 2 sacks each.

    Up next - A bye week before back to back road games at A&M and Alabama.
     
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    Texas survives a scare at Alabama, 34-27

    Great game by both teams, only 1 turnover in the game (by Texas on a tipped pass at the line), and both teams move the ball at times and made defensive stops when needed (until the end for Bama).

    Perry's front 7 on that team is scary. His line and linebackers blew through my line on several occassions and were still able to chase down my HB's on the edges more often than not.

    Player of the game for Texas - Who else? Malcolm Williams with 7 catches for 109 yards and a TD. He was key on the final Texas drive, converting two 3rd downs with circus catches.

    On to the Big 12 title game.
     
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    Texas Longhorns 2012 Preview

    What are your expectations for the 2012 season (projected record as well)?
    The goal is to win the Big 12 and the BCS title, but with the number of new starters on the team, my expectation is that at some point the young guys will falter and I will drop at least one user game. I'm projecting a record of 11-2 or 12-1 regular season.

    Team Strengths
    The team is strong at most of the offense skill positions, with returning starter Garrett Gilbert at QB; HB's Tre Newton, Chris Whaley and Jeremy Hills and WR's DJ Monroe and the other smurf who's name I can't recall. The defensive line should be good again, with 3 of the 4 returning starters and all are ranked in the 90's. The LB corp is talented but unproven, as only one starter remains from last years championship team.

    Team Weaknesses
    The secondary is a concern, as the team has to replace all world safety's Earl Thomas and Christian Scott who graduated. At FS Vaccarro is stepping in as a RS junior to anchor the unit, but 2 redshirt freshman will start in the back 4. In the teams 3 and 4 WR sets, there will be RS freshman playing significant time as well.

    Key losses (players) from last season
    17 seniors graduated, including the entire secondary, so I won't list everyone, but the guy who left that I was hoping would be here in 2012 is TE DJ Grant. Thankfully, Texas has recruited 3 TE's the past 2 seasons.

    Key returning players
    QB Garrett Gilbert - Will be looking at a potential Heisman run, as he threw for over 3,000 yards and 33 TD's last year, even though he didn't start until week 4.
    HB Tre Newton - Can he stay healthy?


    Do you have any freshmen that will impact your team this season
    Yes, a lot of freshman will play significant time this year at WR, TE, LT, CB and SS.

    Recruiting focus for this year
    With only 9 graduating seniors and no real holes on the roster, the coaches will be focusing on the most talented players available, starting with LT jr. the super OLB in the 2012 class.

    Biggest game on your schedule
    Obviously the user games are huge, but at least this year we get OSU and Bama in Austin. The Red River Shootout is always the biggest game of the year, since it will decide the Big 12 champion. The week 5 game vs rival Baylor will loom large in recruiting this year.
     
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    Horns open with big road win at #24 Georgia Tech, 52-7

    The Longhorn offense started out crisply, with a quick TD drive highlighted by Gilbert throwing darts. Then the offense bogged down for several drives before putting the game away in the 2nd quarter. The defense was stellar, but it helped that the young secondary wasn't tested against a GT team looking to run the rock. The DL and LB's were tough, with DT Cameron Howell having an awesome day with 5 TFL and a sack.

    The running game was iffy due to spotty blocking, leaving the coaching staff to ponder whether they want to stick with the playbook for this game or switch it up prior to hosting OSU next week.

    Great days by several freshman, including WR R. Allen (4 receptions, 106 yards) and K. Ingram (3 receptions, 43 yards, 2 TD) as well as TE B. Kelly (3 receptions, 37 yards, 2 TD). Redshirt freshman QB S. Felder got some good PT as well, throwing 91 yards and a TD with a pick (his only bad pass).

    Player of the game - G. Gilbert, 21-28, 323 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
     
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    Texas holds off tough OSU squad, 31-21

    Great game, great comeback by the Buckeyes in the 2nd half. Texas jumped out to a 24-7 halftime lead via some big passing plays. The OSU team must have been chewed out by their coach in the half, because they came out on a mission in the 2nd half, scoring 14 unanswered points and then getting the ball back with a shot at taking the lead in the 4th. The Texas defense struggled against the run all day, but the pass rush stepped up on that drive and forced a 4th down turnover on downs. On the ensuing drive, Chris Whaley busted off left tackle from a wishbone formation to take it 37 yards for the TD and the win.

    Nice pass by Gilbert to freshman WR Ingram for a first down
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    Tebow-esque run by Gilbert, who was robbed by the refs of a TD
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    Game sealing run by Whaley
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    Player of the Game - Garrett Gilbert, 247 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

    Up Next - A home game vs Syracuse
     
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    Texas blasts Syracuse 66-20

    This game may as well have been vs an FCS school. Syracuse came out with an odd defensive strategy of playing a 4-3 man cover 1 look against the Texas 4 and 5 WR sets. Needless to say that the Orange don't have the players to match up. Gilbert had a field day, throwing for over 300 yards and 5 scores in less than a half. This gave redshirt freshman QB Scott Felder a lot of quality PT in the 2nd quarter and after the half. He took advantage going 6-10 for 102 yards and a TD, with another 51 yards rushing. The running game did good work after halftime, and aside from 2 bad option pitches which were fumbled (one of which for a TD) the offense was pretty flawless. Overall, the team put up 659 yards of total offense.

    The defense was again led by junior DT C. Howell, who recorded 5 TFL and 2 sacks. The defense had 7 sacks in all but again failed to register any turnovers.

    Player of the game - Garrett Gilbert, 17-21, 315 yards, 5 TD

    Up Next - bye week
     
  25. Dru50

    Dru50 Still Chicago's #1 son

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    Texas beats up on Baylor, 70-7

    Not even close from the start. Baylor, like many of Texas CPU opponents, decided to try and play 4 and 5 wide sets with a base 4-3, which did not work at all. QB Garrett Gilbert put up 420 yards and 4 TD's on 23-29 passing in about 2 1/2 quarters of play. Texas as a team racked up 729 yards of total offense, including 269 yards rushing, most of which was in the second half. The defense had a field day against a shotgun option team, with 19 TFL and 7 sacks, led by junior DE T. Mims who had 10 tackles, 6 TFL and 3 sacks.

    Player of the Game - QB Garrett Gilbert

    Up next is the Red River Shootout vs Oklahoma.
     
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