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  1. echeese

    Casey Thompson reportedly staying at Texas

    Casey staying Da Boys kicked Scotty L to the curb If I didn't just get back from R Lee Ermey's funeral, I'd say the week couldn't get much better. Heard rumors that as scout team QB, Casey gave our #1 D fits. Personally always thought he fit this O better. Wish Rising and Boo, especially Boo, all the success. Do not blame them for leaving at all.
  2. echeese

    View from the Cheap Seats-Da Boys

    JG is being re-signed. Don't like it but if Scotty L and his mini-me go, all the better. Bad news is one rumor is they might promote WR coach Lal which would seem to be more of the same to me or moving deck chairs on the Titanic. They need a new, run/pass option style OC to fit Dak's talents and a QB coach who can actually help coach him up. .
  3. View from the Cheap Seats-Da Boys Tough loss/What's next A tough and ugly loss. Dallas is simply not as good today as the Rams. Rams are not only more talented but significantly better coached. And it's the coaching where the widest gap exists. Sucks to say but it's true. Had Dallas brought their A game, win was there for the taking but the Rams ran the ball down Da Boys throats (273 yards rushing) and stuffed Dallas run game. A Cinderella season came to an end last night. And as much as some want you to think Dallas got blown out, hardly the case, they lost by 1 score, on the road. Now parts of the game (front 7), Dallas' O scheme were flat ugly but Dak had the best game by any QB playing on Sat. This includes NFL MVP Patrick M, Jared Goff and Andrew Luck. He wasn't perfect but he played well enough for Dallas to win. The tone of the game was set early by both coaches going for it on 4th and short. Making a statement both teams were playing to win. Dallas would go for it 5 times, making 4 but the one miss was indicative of the way the game went. Dallas ran up the middle 4 times. Rams were ready on #4 and stuff Zeke. This in the 4th quarter (11 minutes and change) and the score 15-23. This a drive Dallas had to have points to have a real shot of getting back into the game. #5 would see one of the rare good play calls as Dak rolled out with Zeke trailing on an option play that gained the 1st down easily. Out Coached Rams simply out coached Dallas. Granted they have slightly better talent and were the better team but the difference was coaching. Sean McVay was creative in both scheme and play calling. He kept Dallas off balance the entire night. Wade Phillips (DC for the Rams) lives to stick it to Dallas who fired him. 2nd time his D has abused Dallas' O but he always gets a big assist from the worst OC in the NFL, Scotty Linehan. Dallas has 2 serious handicaps in coaching. Scotty L is the worst OC in the NFL. He made his "reputation" with the Vikes when he had Randy Moss and Chris Carter as WRs, Robert Smith as his RB and Randall Cunningham as his QB. Frankly it would be hard to fail with those guys. He would ride that wave to an HC gig with the Lions where he would lead them to an 0-16 season. But it's the NFL where retreads keep getting hired and for some un Godly reason, Jerry brings him to Dallas to work with Tony Romo. Rumors are the 2 got along like oil and water. Romo know for basically calling the game at the line. Scotty also runs a timing based passing offense relying on a drop back passer. Neither Romo nor Dak is a drop back passer, both are best on the move. Dak needs to be in a run/pass option O making heavy use of play action. It appears Dak has been "coached" to stay in the pocket and not run. There were several opportunities for him to take off and only 2 designed runs called for him all night. Scotty L is handicapping Dak's development and costing Dallas games. The other issue is with a coach who 85% of the time, is the nuts. But Rod M swears he doesn't need quality DTs to run his D. WRONG In football and in baseball, you win by being strong up the middle. Rams rushed for 5 yards a pop, Dallas for 2.3. End of the day, Goff's jersey was clean and Dallas failed to get really pressure on him. Why? Largely because we don't have pocket collapsers up front. And Rod M is on record as saying he doesn't need them. The other liability is Dallas plays a pair of Safeties who likely do not start for any other quality defense. They both play their hearts out to their credit but a talent up grade is needed. If we were not clear, the #1 cause of this loss was Scotty L and his horrific/makes Tim Beck look good play calling. Completely failed to take advantage of what the Rams were doing on D (we have no doubt Wade Phillips knew exactly what Dallas was doing on every play), never kept the Rams off balance, could not sustain drives, failed to use play action, failed to run one of the best running QBs in the league (2 carries for the game), constantly ran Zeke into the middle vs the strongest middle DL in the NFL (monumentally stupid). Dallas has reached it's level of incompetence with Scotty L. What went right Dak had a very good game. Yes, made some mistakes but played well. Of the 4 Saturday QBs, he finished with the highest QBR and within 10 yards of Patrick M. and more TDs (run and pass) than the other 3 Gallup and Cooper Future is bright with these 2 young WRs Despite getting abused in the run game, Dallas bowed up 4 times forcing FG tries against the 2nd or 3rd best O in the league. 5th Forth and short, Dak and Zeke run the option right, pitch to Zeke, easy 1st down. What took so long Michael Gallup developed over the year into a 1st class WR and had a career night against the Rams, including a 46 yard over the shoulder grab to set up a Dallas TD. Season view, Da Boys were down 3-5, Cheap Seats was saying "tank for draft picks". At the bye, they traded for Amari Cooper. Price was steep, this years 1st rounder. Impact was YUGE. Cooper sparked not just the O but the entire team, Dallas goes 7-1 down the stretch beating the Saints (best team in the league?) and Iggles twice. Draft pick is now no better than #25 which takes out some of the sting but a BRILLIANT and gutsy move. Especially considering JJ's last 2 trades for WRs didn't pan out as well. 5 Key plays that doomed Da Boys #5 ZERO sacks. and by the 2nd half, little to no pressure #4 1st drive 2nd half, 3 and out. Not one play but Dallas blows 2 chances to score at the end of the 1st then one at the start of the 2nd. Dallas never got the rams out of their game. #3 3rd and 7, :52 seconds in the 1st half Dallas at the Rams 36. Sack taking Dallas out of FG range score 20-7 #2 3rd and 14, Rams 40, score 13-7. 2:36 in 1st half. Dallas forces an incomplete pass only to have Bryon Jones called for his fingernail scraping Rams WR facemask. #1 4th and 1, 4th quarter 11 and change on the clock down 15-23 at the Rams 40. 4th straight 4th and short, Scotty L calls run up the middle. Yeah, not like the Rams knew that was coming. The dagger in the heart Where does Dallas go from here Dallas fielded the youngest team in the playoffs this year. Zeke won the rushing title. Team showed great resilience starting 3-5 then going 7-1 to win the NFC East for the 3rd time in the last 5 years. The roster is loaded with good young players. Major bullet dodged as Kris Richards was not nabbed for a HC gig anywhere. Some really dumb teams out there as Richards is a REALLY good coach. Good news/bad news. Good news is Da Boys enjoy $55 million in cap space, bad news, Dallas has a great many young players they need to sign. And there are some serious questions, especially along the OL where 3 players have Top 4 on the team salaries. Does Travis Fredrick return? Tron Smith is not the All Pro OT he once was and for his production, over paid. Should not be any question D-Law is re-signed and room could be made cutting Crawford (potential for a re-work of his contract) and. . .dare we say it. . .Sean Lee. Love Lee but clearly the injuries have taken their toll. Or extend him, reducing his hit and he being a back up and defacto LB coach. 1 more year left on Dak, 2 on Elliott but you know Elliott wants a new deal. Suspect they sign Elliott and hold off on Dak. Cheap Seats would re-sign Armani Cooper in a heart beat. Half the cap space would come from cutting Hurns and TWill. Stephen Jones and Will McClay actually pretty good with the Cap. Dallas, Dak and Zeke deserve an OC who is creative and a QB coach who can help Dak develop. Scotty L and his mini-me Kellen Moore needed to be shown the door as soon as the plane touched down. If we were in charge, both would have flown home Southwest. Hard to believe Jerry and Jason don't see that but both seem in love with Scotty L. Dallas cannot advance further with Scotty anywhere near the sidelines.
  4. echeese

    2019 Football season news (UT, Big 12)

    ???? Green is a DB and while we have experienced players up front, Shark is the only one who has been much more than a place holder. Roach needs to be a DE, he's not as effective as a LB. Hope the young pups learn to bite in a hurry, if we were talking 2020 D, yes that will be salty. Right now we're quoting Dandy Don, potential means you ain't done it yet.
  5. echeese

    2019 Football season news (UT, Big 12)

    The sunshine crew won't like it but you cannot simply replace experience with talent. Football doesn't work that way. 2 new CBs, only one with significant PT and our entire front 6 turning over. Though the only team that has elite WRs across the board will be OU but every team seems to have at least one elite WR if not 2. Less concerned about the replacement OLs though still a concern, how quickly can we gel and how well can we establish a run game and above average TE play?
  6. View from the Cheap Seats-Dawgs How SWEET it is . . . ..(see what we did there sweet. . .sugar bowl) One word to describe this win? PHYSICAL #2 in the BigXII vs #2 in the SEC. The entire Horn team, including Bevo showed up ready to play. Bevo took offense pre-game to Uga, the yapping Georgia mascot and went after him, setting the tone for the rest of the evening. TEXAS came out and kicked the shit out of the Dawgs for 59 minutes. No clue what happened in the last 46 seconds (2 ejections, 3 penalties and gave up a TD when the D was wandering around lost and the coaches couldn't figure out a time out was needed), Coach Todd and his guys seeming lost their shit but for 59 minutes, the TEXAS D made a YUGE YUGE statement. Dawgs came in rushing for 251 yards a game, TEXAS/Coach Todd's crew held them to 72 yards. Was great listening to Kirby Smart post game saying "give credit to Tom, they out physical led us, they out coached us" You could not have drawn it up better. #1 thing TEXAS needed to do was take an early lead and force Georgia to throw. Georgia is 0-3 this year in games where Fromm threw 24 times or more. Coach Todd and the TEXAS D harassed Jake Fromm at every turn. One of the early notes made was that TEXAS was out coaching Georgia and clearly in Smart and Fromm's heads. TEXAS took the Dawgs completely out of their game. Georgia entered the game #4 in the FBS with 7.3 yards per play but would only yield 4.4 vs the Horns. TEXAS balled out. 10 wins for the 1st time since 2009. 1st "Major bowl win" since 2008 Fiesta Bowl. CTH now 2-0 in bowl games at TEXAS. CTH and TEXAS finishes the season on a serious high note after (to quote CTH) the loss in Dallas left a serious bad taste in the mouth of the Horns. Does this win push TEXAS into the Top 10? Not sure but they will be moving up from #15 and likely open next year Top 10. Sadly despite kicking the crap out of Georgia, they likely do not climb over the Dawgs in the standings. Make no mistake, TEXAS lined up against a more talented team, a more accomplished team and TEXAS played harder, out hustled and out wanted the Dawgs from Georgia. Football is an angry and emotional game. TEXAS simply wanted it more tonight. Both the staff and the players played to win. Twice CTH went for it on 4th down, the results, 1 1st down, 1 Touch down. In fact the only real "questionable" move was the on sides kick to open the 2nd half. Gotta give it up for the Seniors, they played like it was their last game. No guys pussing out to get ready for the NFL draft. Charles Ominahu, Tre Watson, Anthony Wheeler, Gary Johnson, Davante Davis, PJ Locke, Kris Boyd, Chris Nelson,Patrick Vahe, Calvin Anderson, Brecklyn Hager. tip of the cap to these young men. Who would have imagined TEXAS playing for the Big XII title and winning the Sugar Bowl after the Tulsa game where face it, most fans were questioning whether CTH had the "right stuff". 7 times TEXAS would face ranked teams this year, twice Top 5 teams. TEXAS would go 5-2 vs the ranked team and 1-1 vs the top 5. Let's go "big picture" for a second. BigXII would face SEC teams 4 times in the bowl post season posting a 3-1 record. It was pretty funny listening to the fans at the game chant "over rated over rated". We will admit, despite the Horns leading wire to wire, the announcers could not stop slobbering over the Dawgs, simply annoying as hell. Bittersweet typing this tonight. Last Cheap Seats for more than 8 months. This is truly a labor of love. Thanks to our small but demented following. Offensive Player of the Game: Duh, Sam E, 3 TDs, Sam is the Man. Honorable Mention to Tre Watson who balled out for 5.1 a carry and ran hard every time he carried the rock. Lil Jordan not far behind. Defensive Player of the Game BJ Foster with some huge hits tonight including creating a fumble. Honorable mention: PJ Locke with an INT to snuff out a Dawg Drive. Where do we go from here? Future is bright. Step #1 is to use this high profile win to wrap up a 2nd straight Top 10 class. TEXAS can still use a RB, an OL (or 2 depending whether you count Shepard as a commit or a target) and another DL plus a wild card. A grad transfer or 2 would not hurt our feelings. As the All American games go on, it's seems the players we landed are showing well for themselves. The defense will see the biggest turnover this spring as we lose 7 starters including all 3 DLs, 2 LBs and both CBs. Does Brandon Jones try to grab the brass ring or does he come back as TEXAS best secondary player. On offense, the TEXAS fan base will be on pins and needles seeing if Collin Johnson and/or Lil Jordan jump to the pros. Depth at RB is a concern and TEXAS will need to find a TE though there are plenty of good options. Biggest offensive issue will be replacing 3 starting OL. Good news, TEXAS also returns 2 starters and one player in Kersetter who has extensive starting experience. Biggest challenge for CTH will be managing success and inflated expectations for the coming year. TEXAS will start the year ranked in the Top 10 most likely and will at least be a co-favorite to win the BigXII. TEXAS' 2nd game in 2019 will be in Austin vs LSU. Should be very interesting.
  7. echeese

    Applewhite?

    Sorry, some won't like it but thanks but no thanks. Frankly play calling is light year's improved and Beck seems to be a bit of a QB whisperer and very good recruiter. Would rather have Beatty.
  8. echeese

    Rising & Thompson

    Thought about this a bit. #1 Shane seems to be coming back for his senior year. #2 Anyone who doesn't realize that barring injury, Sam is our starter for the next 2 years. . . .simply isn't paying attention. Kid is one of the best returning QBs in the Nation in 2019 and on some early Heisman lists. #3 R Johnson is REALLY good and appears to be the future. Not to mention more the style QB CTH covets. #4 Love Rising and Thompson both but they can see the writing on the wall, would love to keep at least one but never expected both to make a career at TEXAS. It just is what it is. Good luck with their decisions, I will always wish them well, unless they are playing us. Frankly really thought Rising would push Sam in 2019, that isn't happening. Sam FAR better than I thought. #5 And we have the top QB in TEXAS from 2020 committed as well. #2 DT QB in the nation.
  9. echeese

    ESPN Bowl Preview

    http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/25442538/first-look-texas-georgia-allstate-sugar-bowl For the Longhorns, this is yet another stop on the "Texas is back!" tour, an important piece in their ever-long journey into national prominence. Sure, the Horns wanted a Big 12 championship and felt they had it in their grasp, but they weren't a playoff team and they'll be thrilled to have the opportunity to take on a top-five team on New Year's Day in one of the more historic bowl games out there.
  10. View from the Cheap Seats-BigXII Title Game Coulda/shoulda/woulda Oh what could have been. It will go down as a season of missed opportunities. Much like it was a game of missed opportunities. As much as Tom Herman and staff improved TEXAS from where it was prior to his arrival, it was still a season that will be remembered for what it could have been not what was. A 'close but no cigar' type of year. Doubt if anyone would believe it was the thieves of land's would have the biggest outcome on the results of the day. This week's BigXII title game played out much like TEXAS' season. Moments of great success, mixed with self inflicted injuries and a heavy dose of "bad luck". This was also a season of "tests" for our team and coaching staff. Some of those tests were passed as TEXAS largely exceeded expectations, we at the Cheap Seats saw TEXAS as a dark hose to even get to the bigxii title game. Some of those tests. . . well the results not so positive. But end of the day, this season overall is a success for CTH and TEXAS even if we are left with an off season of coulda/shoulda/woulda discussions. The BigXII has a reputation as a really poorly officiated conference. So TEXAS' bad luck, is a crew which misses or chooses not to call obvious penalties, oddly the misses seem heavily weighted one way. Which is not to say every penalty was bogus but the misses were egregious and significantly affected the outcome of the game. OK, zebra whining over as it smacks of sour grapes. We knew we needed a big game from Sam to win and overall, we think he delivered. The most glaring offensive issue was against a team that gave up over 150 yard per game, we failed to rush for 100. CTH talked about being the most physical team but that was not the case this weekend. We opened very strong and traded TDs for FGs over the bulk of the 1st half. But after 2 strong drives for TDs sandwiched around a drive ending in a punt, TEXAS would finish the 1st half punt punt. OTOH, OU would go TD TD on it's last 2 drives of the 1st half then TD on it's 1st drive of the 2nd half. a 21 point swing in the game which would be the difference at the end of the day. Salute to some 1st year Seniors As we are one game from "turning the page", we would be remiss if we did not take a moment to say goodbye to some departing seniors and let's focus on 2 who just arrived. Make no mistake, TEXAS is not playing for the BigXII title without the graduate transfers Calvin Anderson and Tre Watson and their contributions. And one classy kid who chose not to transfer, was a great teammate and helped us win 2 games. Shane Buechelle, whether you return or transfer for 2019, you will always be a Longhorn and should enjoy nothing but respect from the Nation of Burnt Orange. Offensive Pros and Cons Biggest pro was the passing game. Not sure how it has evolved or who is most responsible but the passing offense has improved dramatically from last season. Biggest con was the lack of a running attack. Watching the Bama/Georgia game later showed that if you want to win and control the game, you have to have a quality OL. Clearly Coach Hand's troops showed the biggest improvement from last year but even against a suspect OU D, we simply were not good enough to be the more physical team. 10 real drives in the game. TEXAS generated points on only 4 of them. Good news, all TDs, bad news, only scored on 4 drives. Not the recipe for winning a shoot out. Defensive Pros and Cons The D didn't get embarrassed in the game as many predicted. OU had 10 drives but scored on 6 of them. Plus they added points with a safety on one of TEXAS' drives. So the D could have used more help from sustained drives by the O but didn't make enough plays. Specifically the lack of pressure on Murray. Now he's an odd duck because too much pressure send him running where he's pretty effective but with too much time in the pocket, he picked TEXAS apart. The defensive line was largely neutralized. Worse, we might have won Murray the Heisman. Only 10% of Heisman ballots are in thus many voters waiting on the title games where the 3 finalists were featured. No way to spin it, Murray had the best day. Biggest question, why did Joseph Ossai not get a single snap? Pretty sure his redshirt is blown already. #1 issue for 2019 is finding players and building a scheme that gets pressure from it's down line. Offensive Player of the Game: Collin Johnson. BigXII Championship record game receiving. 8 for 177 and a TD. Would have been 227 yards and 2 TDs but he was called for Offensive Pass Interference in the end zone. Runner up: Sam 23-36 349 2 TDs plus 2 rushing TDs. Defensive Player of the Game: Gary Johnson. He simply balled out and his biggest play was chasing down a long reception to force a fumble in the red zone to snuff out an OU drive. Will be the hardest player on the defense to replace. Runner up: Anthony Wheeler. Much maligned by the fan base but over the last 3-4 games, played his best football at TEXAS. Leading tackler in the game. 5 Key Plays that lead to loss #5 Collin Johnson's 40 yard TD called back due to an offensive pass interference call. Replay showed OU defender never made a play on the ball and the hand fighting was the same on both sides. Instead of 21-13, the score remains 14-13 as TEXAS would be forced to punt #4 TEXAS' D gives up an 80 yard drive and surrenders the lead before halftime, this without OU having a timeout and with only :59 seconds on the clock. TEXAS would then give up a 75 yard drive to open the 2nd half. In 3:40 seconds, OU would go from down 14-13 to up 27-13 #3 Early 4th quarter, 3rd down pass to Lil Jordan beyond the sticks, he's held before the pass got there then mugged. Even the announcers thought a no-call was incredulous. TEXAS down 27-30 at this point killing a drive that potential ties or takes the lead. #2 3rd down on the TEXAS side of the field, Murray throws a TD pass in the end zone. Replay shows OU is not lined up properly. 3rd down and 7, TEXAS side of the field, OU runs left for a 9 yard gain, OU tackle started early. Oppsie. #1 The biggest, the killer, corner blitz for a safety. Not the 1st time OU have brought the corner blitz in the game. TEXAS forced to kickoff to OU, net result of their drive a TD and a 9 point swing in the game. Where we go from here Short term the parodox for TEXAS fans is our path to the best bowl now requires us hoping OU takes the 4th CFP Playoff spot so we go to the Sugar Bowl. Otherwise it's likely the Alamo Bowl and a date with Utah. Better bowl vs Georgia? Or lesser bowl vs a Utah team that should lead to win 10 on the year. We'll publish this before the announcements. The Cheap Seats (oh does this OU sucks sucks to say) votes for OU to the playoffs so we can enjoy a trip to Nawlins. One bowl game request, get Rising a series. Let's not go into 2019 Longer term, where does the future hold for TEXAS? Make no mistake, this was no demoralizing loss. TEXAS got beat by a team with more talent and acquitted themselves well. We aren't aggies, this is no "moral victory", it's one that got away. 2019 will see TEXAS as the favorite to win the BigXII. This presents CTH with a new test in his young head coaching career. How do you perform with conference title expectations and borderline playoff conversations? This is territory he has seen as an assistant but never as an HC. Not at the Power 5 level. Offensively the biggest off season question will be whether either or both of our outstanding WRs return. The optimism here is that even if both jump, we seem to be stocked with WR talent. Devin Duvernay emerged in the 2nd half of the year as a real threat and John Burt was able to red shirt and will be back. Andrew Beck moves on from his TE/HBack role but behind him is also more TE depth than TEXAS has enjoyed in years. The offense loses 3 of their starting offensive line though they will have 3 returning starters in the sense that Derrick Kerstetter was a starter in 2017. Defensively the challenges are much greater. TEXAS will lose it's entire defensive line and LB corps except Malcolm Roach. TEXAS will also lose both corner backs and PJ Locke, who was playing "slot safety". Lots of young talent behind them but as Dandy Don was fond of saying "Potential means you ain't done it yet". Expectations are high and spring drills will be interesting to watch. And with lots of young talent, the pressure is on for Coach Todd to produce more efficiently week over week as well as getting his young charges up to speed NOW. And he's already a candidate at Utah State, do others come sniffing. We hope Coach Todd takes the Kirby Smart approach and holds out for a better offer at a Power 5 school. Final Ranking of the Big XII #1 OU . .to be the champ, you have to beat the champ. We didn't get it done. Who's their QB in 2019? #2 TEXAS Not quite ready for life at the very top. Sam returns as the Top QB in the BigXII #3 WVU Really interesting that public reports are Holgerson REALLY wanted the TT job. Not sure how that plays in Morgantown. Who's their QB? #4 ISU BigXII team on the rise. Can they keep Campbell who clearly is one of the top young coaches in the land. Returns one of the top QBs in the conference #5 OSU the BigXII spoiler. QB job is uncertain today #6 Baylor That sucks to type too, F baylor but Rhule has done a good job. They have a good but not great returning QB. Did you know his Dad and Granddad played at TEXAS? #7 TCU Mostly out of respect for Patterson's past work. Team with a QB controversy brewing, seems there will be 3 guys vying for the job in the spring #8 Texas Tech New Coach, can we see new results in 2019? He will enjoy a very good QB and a solid backup #9 KSU. Their QB is set but is Snyder back for another year? If not, who they got? Sklyer Thompson is another good but not great QB. #10 Kansas Less Miles in town, the mad hatter will make things interesting. No clue who their QB will be.
  11. echeese

    Mack Brown

    That was a really weird quote from the article but there is a reason I do not have that site saved nor do I read it. UNC has actually had 4 years of Top 30 level recruiting. Just the opposite of a tear down, their problem was their staff. Mack returns to an area where within 250 miles of Chapel Hill, NFL quality talent abounds. Hire a quality staff, focus on some coaches who can recruit and develop, he will do well the next 3 to 5 years then hand it off.
  12. View from the Cheap Seats-Kansas How SWEET IT IS!!!!!! An omage to 50's and 60's comedian and star of the Honeymooner's, Jackie Gleason as this was his trademark line. TEXAS needed only a win on a trip to cellar dweller Kansas to find itself as one half of the 2018 BigXII conference title game. To say it had been an up and down year for the Horns would be an understatement. From an opening season loss to Maryland to dominating wins over USC and TCU to shoot outs vs OU, OSU WVU and Texas Tech. Our defense vacillated between world class and leaky sieve, often in the course of a single game. The 4th quarter usually being their worst quarter save a nightmare opening stanza coming off a bye vs OSU. The offense was actually played more consistently all year and the #1 development of the 2018 team was from it's emotional leader, Sam Elhinger. When it was all said and done, Coach Tom and his crew secured a win on the road for an invite to Dallas. YUGE simply YUGE Fans would cringe once again as TEXAS won the toss and deferred. They would be rewarded with the D forcing a 3 and out then the TEXAS O would take the ball 98 yards for an early 7-0 lead. All seemed to point to the usual Kansas blowout after the D forced it's 2nd 3 and out. TEXAS started to drive again but Sam started to show signs he was not the accurate gunslinger the fans had become accustom. Between the wind and his shoulder injury, Sam just did not have his usual touch. And give the Kansas D some credit too. They played very well and ran a scheme that if we're TEXAS' opponent next Sat morning, we spend some time watching film. The early 7-0 lead would be the half time score. Who knows, maybe it's early games. TEXAS did not play well vs Maryland or Kansas State in their 2 prior early starts. Better fix that fast, 11 AM kickoff in Dallas. Looking better in the 2nd half, TEXAS' opening kickoff drive would stall before they would find their footing and rack up back to back TD drives. Up 21-0, victory looked assured but as Lee Corso would say. . . .Not so fast my friends. After keeping Kansas' jitter bug RB Williams bottled up all day, Williams did his Kyler Murray impression, disappeared into the line before breaking left for a 57 yard on a scamper/TD where he found no Longhorn defenders. TEXAS starts to drive only to see Sam stare down his WR and record his second interception of the day giving Kansas a short field. In what would be the signal biggest play for the Horns, Jeffery McCullough makes an athletic play to intercept the ball and return it 65 yards setting up Dicker the Kicker's 34 yard field goal for a 24-7 lead. The two teams exchange punts before Kansas puts together their best drive of the game going 75 yards in 5 plays for a TD and the game is 24-14. Jayhawks on side kick and after Collin Johnson illegally bats the kick forward, a 2nd on side attempt is successful. This leads to a KU FG and the lead has now shrunk to 24-17 with a 1:36 left in the game. Lil Jordan secures the 3rd on side kick attempt and thanks to KU having to burn their time outs earlier, it's victory formation time. Biggest complaint of the day, is CTH morally opposed to challenging plays? He may have cost TEXAS twice today. Don't get it. Interesting items of note from the trip to Dorothy Land. -Sam's INT streak was broken with an interception each half. Don't think there is any question his shoulder was not 100%. Hopefully an extra days rest will help that heal so he's 100% for Dallas. - Biggest loss of the game is Brandon Jones (who CTH calls BJ) who went out off a clear helmet to helmet hit. Dude, freaking fair catch the ball. This defense does not play the same without him. His development has been fun to watch but we need him next Sat. (assuming he's cleared). -Announcers sucked. Highlighted by the above play where they tried to argue it was just "good football". - In half their games this season, TEXAS D would allow double digit scoring in the 4th quarter. It's a great D till the 4th. It was cold, early and windy in Lawerence. Glad the game in Dallas is indoors. - ISU was the closest TEXAS played to a "blow out", TEXAS just didn't put anyone away this year. -TEXAS' offensive line starters only missed 3 starts this season and clearly played much better as a unit than last year. May have been the biggest unit improvement of the year. -TEXAS' decision to stop rotating so many WRs and RBs paid big dividends for the Horns over the course of the year. Tre Watson would finish with 14 carries and a 5.6 ypc average on the day. -Cameron Dicker would have 2 KOs go out of bounds allowing KU starting field position at the 35 vice 25. And this would be the 1st game the Horns won this year while losing the turnover battle. -Of note was the play by several freshmen on defense particularly Joseph Ossai who recorded 5 tackles along with Andrew Cook and Ta'quon Graham. Cook appears slated for one CB spot next year. This to go with Caden Sterns who had a very good game and BJ Foster. Sterns Foster and Senior Brandon Jones will man the 3 Safety spots in 2019. Make no mistake, this was a Kansas team that was playing hard, never quit and had done some good things at the end of the year. Winning is always much better than losing. Now it's time for the Red River War part Duex. If TEXAS' D can play 4 quarters like it did vs ISU and 3 quarters of Kansas, TEXAS and CTH will be lifting the BigXII title trophy. Offensive Player of the Game Tre Watson. He averaged 5.6 per carry for 80 yards on 14 carries with 5 of those rushes resulting in 1st downs. He also broke off a 31 yard rush which lead to a Sam-to-Beck TD pass. Devin Duvernay was close behind and lead the WRs in yardage largely due to Sam's mis fires (Sam missed some open WRs), not a good day for Sam or the pass catchers overall. DD would record a 1st down on each of his catches as well though oddly, all on TEXAS' 1st drive of the day. Defensive Player of the Game Jeffery McCullough. His very athletic interception and 65 yard return would lead to a 4th quarter FG but more importantly would shut down a short field Kansas drive that had it been converted, might be a different game. Right behind him was Caden Sterns who played very well. And Brandon Jones made his value noted by his absence. His loss due to a clear targeting penalty (good lord the announcers SUCKED) really showed his value to the D. 5 plays that secured the win 31 yard run by Tre Watson in the 3rd quarter sparked a TD drive when Sam hit his roommate Andrew Beck for the TD. 3 yard TD run by Sam. 3rd and goal, Sam appears tackled only to break out and lunge into the end zone to make the score 21-0 15 yard pass to Devin Duvernay, 2nd and 9 from the TEXAS 3. Huge play to get TEXAS out of a hole on their way to a 98 yard TD drive to take a 7-0 lead. 29 yard TD to Collin Johnson, same drive as above, might be Sam's best throw of the day. Jeffery McCullough's 65 yard interception return. Biggest play of the day. TEXAS would only get a FG off the short field but a short field drive of the Jayhawks blunted by an athletic "rebound" of a pass JM had batted in the air. You have to go back to 2013 and the Baylor game to find a time where TEXAS could even sniff the air of a Conference Title. And before that, back to 2009 so it's been a long time since TEXAS has been relevant. And if they play their game on both sides, TEXAS should win setting up a trip to the Sugar Bowl. Barring a TCU upset of Okie Lite, the BigXII will only send 6 teams to bowls which will free up at least one and maybe 2 tie ins for other conferneces. Win and TEXAS goes to the Sugar Bowl to face either Georgia or LSU most likely. A loss and the odds are it is the Alamo bowl against a UDub or Utah though there is a small chance at one of the New Year's Day 6. Key to victory for the Horns will be a 100% Sam and a return to play of Brandon Jones. Other than that, simply play our game. Ranking the BigXII #1 TEXAS my poll my rules but we did beat #2. It's Sugar or Alamo bowling most likely for the Horns. #2 Land Thieves. Come on Baby, we play real defense #3 WVU Tempted to rank them lower simply because they choked so badly. #4 ISU Matt Campbell is a really good coach, Cyclones earned a nice bowl trip #5 Coach Mullet with an impressive end to the year 2-1 vs the conference big dawgs and a bad pass on a 2pt conversion from being 3-0. Liberty or Cheez-it bowl for the Cowboys The next 4 teams listed all must win their final game to go bowling. You can also list these teams in about any order. #6 TCU Faces Okie Lite, betting they don't make it #7 Baylor Faces Texas Tech in a battle to secure a bowl spot #8 Texas Tech Faces Baylor to assure the BigXII a 6th bowl team #9 Kansas State Faces Iowa State, does Coach Campbell let 1 loss become 2? Can the Wildcats send Coach Snyder out with a bowl trip? #10 Kansas They are improved, they are about to welcome Les Miles and they made TEXAS work harder than they should in their last game of the season.
  13. echeese

    View from the Cheap Seats-Texas Tech

    At the end of the day, Mack took TEXAS to heights it had not dreamed about in 2 decades. Now if you want to point out the real achilles heel for Mack, it was not getting a championship D until he hired Greg Robinson. The difference between Mack and stooper. . . . .Mack goes D from Day 1, the stories reverse.
  14. echeese

    View from the Cheap Seats-Iowa State

    Thank you, I enjoy writing them but it VERY MUCH reminds me I wouldn't want to write for a living. The job real writers do is tough. Certainly more fun to write about when we are winning and that was an amazing performance on several levels.
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