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  1. Maybe. Maybe Beck is also thinking too much. Looking at the three games, it seems like we had a completely different offensive game plan for each. I don't think that was just a result of the circumstances. I think Beck needs to find out what's working and stick to that, instead of trying to change up the whole system within a week.
  2. That's the visual on that 4th down play. I know Porter is the superior blocker of the two, but is Warren's blocking usually that bad? If so, I begin to understand why he is only getting limited carries in those games. But Porter's running is also abysmal. Would love to see a little bit more of our two freshmen down the road.
  3. 5 Thoughts Following Texas/USC

    Regarding that sequence before halftime: As far as I remember without watching it again so far we took the timeout to switch from prevent to a 'more aggressive' formation (sorry can't remember what we played from the top of my head). I think the rational here was to prevent that a running play could potentially set up a field goal or a more manageable hail mary with 10 seconds left. Remember, USC still had one timeout so could have easily run two plays. Pretty much like they did in the end. A prevent formation against that run which Coach O foresaw would have probably ended with a far greater gain and way better field position for that last play. On the TD play, I think its fine to play prevent, but I think they made a couple of individual mistakes here. First of all, I'm not exactly sure what Wheeler is supposed to do, but I assume its to pick up Jones out of the backfield. What he ends up doing is more of a spy on the QB which doesn't really makes sense: Instead he opens up the space behind him for that completion. Secondly, I think Hill shows bad field awareness. If he steps up to his right (which he ultimately tries but slips) directly, he could have cut of the running lane for Jones. Yet he takes a little too long to process that all his team mates are on the left side of the field. Cutting of the running lane to Jones right would most likely end the run somewhere at the 20. Third, Texas had 3 guys more down field than USC. Don't know exactly how the play was designed because I haven't seen an angle on the play showing how the defense played, but there is absolutely nobody on the right side of the field. There probably should have been some kind of zone coverage for that side. On that last drive in regulation, we're bringing 4 guys on the first play, almost get to Darnold, second play, we're bringing 4 guys, Malik almost gets to him but slips and he makes that jump pass. Number 7 is in man coverage from Wheeler, and coverage is pretty decent. That jump pass was just a clutch play from Darnold tbh. I agree, the secondary is sitting back pretty deep but I guess you also don't wanna get caught off-guard by a deep ball. Especially since they had no timeouts and Darnold had to throw behind the marker in order to keep the clock from rolling. Might have been smart to crowd the middle a little more on those plays and have some guys in that 10-15 yards region sitting in the zone. On the third play, I don't really know what happens. We again bring 4 on the rush. USC's Number 4 is just 3 or 4 yards beyond the LOS but there is simply nobody remotely close in coverage. From the TV pics Hager comes up way behind him, from the looks of it he was in zone coverage to the right. Everybody else seems to be in man coverage on the left side of the field. That play probably should have been stopped before the first down. Next play, Darnold takes a shot toward the endzone/throws it away after almost getting sacked by Omenihu on a four man rush. Last play, he rolls out to his right, takes another shot towards the endzone/throws it away. My 50 cents are that the play calling wasn't really the problem on that drive. It's more a mix of Darnold stepping up big time with a couple of great plays, especially that jump pass, and our guys being half a foot step to slow to get to him in time. Just one play for us on that drive probably wins it for us . Yet, still a great game by Orlando and the D
  4. 2019 Recruiting Board/Thread

    Is this good news, bad news, or either way a long time till NSD for the good guys?
  5. *****Texas vs. USC Game Thread*****

    Yes and no. First, we weren't able to run the ball consistently and got only very little yardage during Q1 with Porter as the premier ball carrier. After only marginally advancing the ball on the ground for only 1 or 2 yards, we completely gave up on the running game, as far as I remember somewhere in Q2. Yet, USC reacted to that and dropped more guys into coverage on most plays than they would've/could've done with a running game. They pretty much made us one-dimensional, just like our defense did. What we didn't do though, was going back to running the ball and adjusting offensively to the defensive adjustments on the USC side. I think starting in Q3, when our O-Line was beginning to get a better grasp on the game and after the one DE on the USC side went out with an injury, that's the point where you should go back to pounding the ball. The O-Line play was shaky in the first half. That's what led to our abandonment of the run game and benefited to sacks we took. Ehlinger took 5 sacks, 4 of which came in the first half, 3 of which came on the back-to-back-to-back plays on our last offensive series. But additionally, I think our one-dimensional play calling makes life somewhat harder for the O-Line. When they always have to drop back, they are constantly on 'defense', instead of getting some kind of a breather when blocking for the run. So both things are of course somewhat connected, but we made life for our O-Line especially hard at times and failed to relieve them of some of the pressure we had the chance to.
  6. *****Texas vs. USC Game Thread*****

  7. *****Texas vs. USC Game Thread*****

    As soon as Big 12 play starts Hopefully
  8. *****Texas vs. USC Game Thread*****

    We beat us on the drive, twice. Can't let that happen
  9. *****Texas vs. USC Game Thread*****

    Get a score and we'll get the ball back start of the 3rd, everything's fine
  10. *****Texas vs. USC Game Thread*****

    Can't lose if we don't give up any points, just saying
  11. *****Texas vs. USC Game Thread*****

    True, that was a clear call though
  12. *****Texas vs. USC Game Thread*****

    Williams is down
  13. *****Texas vs. USC Game Thread*****

    We need to establish the run, get some first downs and something going
  14. *****Texas vs. USC Game Thread*****

    Yes, get a nice 80 yards drive now to give them a well-deserved rest. How hot is it in LA, does anybody know?
  15. *****Texas vs. USC Game Thread*****

    What a series from the D. Amazing so far