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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Tulsa

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The Good

BJ Foster and Caden Sterns

The freshmen duo recorded the first two interceptions of the year for the Longhorns and continue to show that they belong. In his second career start, Sterns pulled down an interception on the first play from scrimmage. He ended the night with 4 tackles and played very well in run support.

Foster pulled down his first career interception late in the first quarter. Foster saw an expanded role with the injury to Brandon Jones and is a staple on the field during passing situations on 3rd down.

The Running Game

After averaging 3.9 yards per carry against Maryland in Week 1, Texas responded with 47 carries for 241 yards (5.1 yards per carry) against the Golden Hurricane.

The backfield was led by Tre Watson and Keaontay Ingram. As expected, Ingram saw his carries increase and turned in another solid performance (10 carries for 64 yards and a TD). His lone touchdown was a thing of beauty — a 29-yard scamper where he sliced his way between two defenders before bouncing to the outside. The offensive line has showed notable improvement from over a season ago, but it makes life a lot easier when a back with Ingram’s talent is toting the rock.

Watson led the team in carries (18) and yards (74), while also adding an 11-yard touchdown reception. The graduate transfer from Cal did the little things right. He catches the ball out of the backfield, is reliable as a blocker and can run between the tackles.

Daniel Young entered the game on the final series and sealed a victory with 41 yards on 3 carries, including a 30-yard run where he lowered the shoulder and ran over a Tulsa defender. 

The Bad

Pass Coverage

Similar to the San Jose State game a season ago where the Spartans dropped 3 potential touchdowns, Texas was lucky to escape with only 21 points allowed on defense. The Golden Hurricane had multiple opportunities where the Texas DB’s were turned around in coverage, but the ball was dropped. Josh Thompson and Kobe Boyce both had bright spots in the game, but the Longhorns will certainly welcome back Davonte Davis next week against USC.

Pass Rush

Trivia question: Can you name the only Longhorn with a sack through the first two weeks of the season? If you answered Kris Boyd, you would be correct. The Texas defensive line struggled to generate consistent pass rush for the second consecutive game, as Golden Hurricane QB Luke Skipper was able to sit in the pocket comfortably for most of the game.

Charles Omenihu and Breckyn Hager have yet to flash the dominant pass rushing ability from 2017. If Texas hopes to improve their defensive performances against a tough upcoming schedule, they must find a way to get to the quarterback. 

The Ugly

Style Points

With the way the game went at FedEx field a week ago, the Longhorns desperately needed style points as they headed into the toughest stretch of their schedule. It didn’t happen. Any way you slice it, a 7-point win over Tulsa is not a good thing. The Longhorns failed to show the ability to step on an opponents throat after jumping out to a 21-0 lead.

While there were individual improvements, the performance as a whole did not inspire a lot of confidence in Texas fans.

Penalties

For the second straight week, Texas shot themselves on the foot several times with penalties. Cade Brewer was guilty of two big holding penalties that wiped away big running plays. The Longhorns are already having difficulty moving the ball on offense, and the penalties are compounding the struggles and putting Texas in unfavorable downs and distances.

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1 hour ago, dillohorn said:

When you can't score from the 1 yd line against Tulsa, well.........................................

Sigh!  You are so right and two things were obvious.  One, Herman was determined to bull his way into the end zone by calling, basically, the same play 3 times.  Secondly, he never allowed Ingram to run the ball.  

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2 hours ago, doc longhorn said:

Sigh!  You are so right and two things were obvious.  One, Herman was determined to bull his way into the end zone by calling, basically, the same play 3 times.  Secondly, he never allowed Ingram to run the ball.  

I liked the call...I'm sure Herman was like the rest of us in that "frack! If we can't bull our way into the end zone against flippin' Tulsa"...and we know how that worked out...CRAP!!!  And yes, Ingram should have been given at least 1 of those carries...

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1 hour ago, dillohorn said:

When you can't score from the 1 yd line against Tulsa, well.........................................

I liked going for it because I really think had we scored here the outcome would have never been in doubt. It would have been the perfect spot to put Daniel Young in and pound the ball. 

 

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50 minutes ago, DBut82 said:

I liked the call...I'm sure Herman was like the rest of us in that "frack! If we can bull our way into the end zone against flippin' Tulsa"...and we know how that worked out...CRAP!!!  And yes, Ingram should have been given at least 1 of those carries...

And the one time he allowed Ehlinger to call an RPO,  Ehlinger walked into the end zone.  To me, the idea is to score - not to try to prove something.

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On 9/10/2018 at 1:23 PM, doc longhorn said:

And the one time he allowed Ehlinger to call an RPO,  Ehlinger walked into the end zone.  To me, the idea is to score - not to try to prove something.

 

I sorta disagree there. There comes a point where you have to teach your kids the killer instinct – to inflict your will. And Tulsa is the team on the schedule where that can be taught (under normal circumstances). Lets face it, thats what this team has lacked for some time. Put teams away, put the foot on the throat.

I suspect thats what Herman was attempting to establish and I applaud him for that. And I hope it told this Offense something when it couldn't get that done and when it should have easily.

If I were Herman, I would have spent two days running down my defense's throat this week. If we knew how to do anything come Saturday, it would be to run the damned football with success and when it counts.

We have the OL to do this. Why they didn't remains to be seen.

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On 9/10/2018 at 1:23 PM, doc longhorn said:

And the one time he allowed Ehlinger to call an RPO,  Ehlinger walked into the end zone.  To me, the idea is to score - not to try to prove something.

Agree... I've never liked this situation to prove something.

In 2006 against K-State, Mack and Greg wanted to prove something similar having 1st and goal from the goalline. After getting stuffed twice up the gut with RB they sent Colt on two identical QB sneaks. On 4th down they finally scored, but Colt got injured with a neck stinger that took him out for much of the season. 

Granted, not every consequence of failed conversions are that serious, but even just getting stuffed by a team like Tulsa is worse than anything proven if they punch it in. The risk/reward just isn't there. An OL isn't going to turn the corner because they push around Tulsa.

In those situations just get the points.   

 

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