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Score: Texas: 37, Wyoming 17

I have mixed feelings about the game. There was stuff that I liked, stuff that I expected (good and bad) and stuff that was terrible and needs to be corrected immediately.

 

1. Wow, what the hell happened on the opening drives for both teams? The Horns came out and stunk it up with a quick 3 and out. And Wyoming’s opening drive marched down the field by tearing up the secondary and throwing in some decent run plays with their spread attack. It was as if the opening drives for both teams had reversed success from what we normally would have thought. The only positive for UT was that they were able to hold Wyoming to a field goal… I can’t believe I just said that…

 

2. Wyoming torched UT’s secondary in the first half. No excuses. Wyoming’s quarterback Brett Smith threw for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns. He did, however, eventually throw 2 interceptions once the defense was able to apply good pressure and make the plays they are capable of in the defensive backfield. But let’s not shy away from the fact that one player for Wyoming, Robert Herron, ended the day with 5 receptions for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns. I was very disappointed in the secondary that should be one of the strongest position groups on the team. They did eventually get their act together later in the game so hopefully they were just getting used to actual game play. But you better believe Manny Diaz won’t be happy with that performance.

 

3. Enough about Wyoming’s passing attack, let’s talk about UT’s… Honestly David Ash performed about as well as anyone expected. What did you expect of a quarterback who just won the job over another player who simply doesn’t have the arm to play at this level? Ash wasn’t terrible but he wasn’t incredible. He still often stares down his first read on every passing play and that’s just asking for a defense to pick off the ball (I’m actually surprised he didn’t throw a single pick all night). I really would like to see him go through his progression more. On the positive side he did seem much more relaxed and patient in the pocket this game compared to last season… At times too patient. Ash’s play wasn’t terrible but if Texas wants to win at least 9 games he will have to improve his game.

 

4. I was really disappointed in the secondary play. But they picked it up as the game went on and they will bounce back and be all right. I’m more disappointed with how terrible the offensive line played. I would have expected better from the starting unit but they literally were pushed around all night by Wyoming, and that’s sad. I know the Horns rushed for over 200 yards tonight but a lot of that was because the running backs were breaking tackles or making guys miss and busting big plays. Offensive line needs work and fast. If they can’t get it together soon then it will be a long season for the entire offense.

 

5. D.J. Monroe finally impacted the game in a way we have all been waiting for. The little speedster touched the ball 6 times (5 carries, 1 reception) for 51 yards (36 rushing, 15 passing) and 1 touchdown. I really hope this will be a recurring theme this season because any added offensive production will be key to this team’s success since the passing game is currently limited. *While we are on this topic of players showing up, I liked what I saw from Jordan Hicks. He needs to continue to bring it and show us all why he was so highly recruited.

 

6. Jaxon Shipley needs to touch the ball 10 times a game. Simple as that.

 

7. Both Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown carried the offense tonight and started the season off exactly as expected. Even with the offensive line having it’s troubles the duo was able to rack up a combined 215 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground. Bergeron displayed his bruising style with the ability to rip off big gains and Brown showed off his shifty but physical running style. I know we barely saw any of Jonathan Gray but he showed some quick burst in the limited action he got. He needs to adjust to the game speed but when he does he will add a different third element to a offensive backfield that is arguably the best in the nation.

 

8. Josh Turner is one heck of a back up defensive back. He was making plays on defense and on special teams. Number 25 can make plays and fly around the field (though he did take a terrible angle and whiff on one of Wyoming’s big touchdown plays). He will definitely help the secondary bounce back next week.

 

9. Mack Brown should be riding the medical staff’s butt to make sure they do anything and everything they can to get Anthony Fera Healthy. He is needed for field goals and punts, badly. The difference between Nick Jordan and Anthony Fera is at least two wins this season. I was also disappointed in Alex King’s punts after seeing him play in person. But replacing Jordan is more important.

 

10. Case McCoy saw the field tonight… But in the complete opposite way that I had envisioned before the game. I expected McCoy to trot out onto the field late in the first quarter or early in the second with his own package of plays. But to my surprise he didn’t step onto the field until the game was pretty much won and it was time for the back-ups to get some reps. Folks that says A LOT about how Mack, Harsin, & Applewhite felt about David Ash’s play tonight. You may have been frustrated but they feel that he did enough to remain in the starting lineup the entire game until it was time to pull the starters…

 

Bonus note: The tight end position was one of question before the season started. Though he caught 1 pass for 4 yards, D.J. Grant seems to be the number one guy for that position at the moment. I’m still curious to see if the tight end (I don’t care which one just who ever takes control of the position) will get more involved in the offense. Having a reliable TE would be big for a young QB, like Ash.

 

 

Though it’s just one game, and the first game nonetheless, at the moment I feel as if the horns are an 8-win team. The secondary and offensive line play need to improve immediately for me to feel that they can get to 9 or more wins this season. The kicking game needs improvement too but that isn’t something that can necessarily improve by next week unless Fera becomes healthy. On a positive note the Longhorns won the turnover battle and succeeded in not giving up any turnovers, and that is also big. I came away from this game with mixed feelings. Give credit to Wyoming because they actually played pretty well, especially in the beginning of the game. But practice for the Longhorns should be nothing less than intense this week.

 

Game next week is at home (in Austin) against New Mexico. Kick is again at 7PM Central and will also be shown on the Longhorn Network for the second straight week.

 

Hook’em.

 

Twitter: @WesKCrochet

Email: Wes.Sports@hotmail.com

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Shipley is just a playmaker, plain and simple. Why they didn't throw to him all night is beyond me. Plus Goodwin only had 1 catch for 8 yards.

 

The leading Wyoming receiver had 5 catches for 173 yards.

 

WTF? Secondary was gashed at times but Vaccaro is a stud. Closes quick and tackles well.

 

I am with you Wes, this is an 8, maybe 9 win team. A BCS bowl this year would be a miracle.

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I don't know why people read too much into week 1. Great analysis Wes but I disagree on the offensive line point only because I thought they were good against the Pass rush. They didn't get enough push on up the gut runs but for a young line which had a first time starter at left tackle, I will take it.

 

This is still a 9 win team, they aren't going to win by 60 points but like other SEC teams like Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. They win the game and thats all that matters in the end. Here is my analysis to compare:

 

Texas Longhorns Football Report Card: Wyoming- Hook'em Headlines

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Well we aren't going to add strength or skill now, so we have to tailor our offensive play calling to our strengths. I liked how we pulled the guard and center out on the 17 yard TD run. Maybe our strength isnt going straight up on D lineman but pulling out our interior lineman to the edge, establishing blocks and getting running yards there.

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Chris did you watch it on TV or were you at the game? I was at the game on the lower deck but i was on the north goal line so it was hard to watch exactly what was happening with the Offensive line every play so you may be more spot on with the O-line analysis. But I still think that unit needs to play better.

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I wasnt as displeased with the offensive line other than the center obviously.

 

The secondary looked like s*** and I don't think Mack should have given Byndom any award after getting lit up by a second rate reciever.

 

Bergeron ran very tentatively just like he did during camp. Brown ran like a monster.

 

New Mexico comes in with a decent coach and the thinking that they could play with us now. I don't believe they can play with us, but I better not see a s***** team hanging around at the half like I did this week

 

As I said on Twitter this thing reminds me a lot of the 2010 Rice game.

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The pending playoff format is just an extra chance each year for OU to lose a game that matters

 

Can we please bring in FSU and Clemson so that we can get back to a conference championship. Doesn't feel right with out it. Frankly it feels.... Pack/Big 10ish.

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Chris did you watch it on TV or were you at the game? I was at the game on the lower deck but i was on the north goal line so it was hard to watch exactly what was happening with the Offensive line every play so you may be more spot on with the O-line analysis. But I still think that unit needs to play better.

 

Thanks to AT&T Uverse

 

There is work needed but I thought they did a decent job containing the pass rush of Wyoming. Its still something that needs to be improve to get to a national championship level but knowing that this team is still a year away, it was a solid Week 1 performance.

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Agree with most of what you are saying Wes. Very good post.

1)i expect a bit more from Ash. I hope he will improve his timing on the deep ball, 1/2 second late both times. I am very happy he threw away a couple of passes when nobody was open. I would like the coaches to have a bit more confidence in Ash and not throw what seemed like 6-8 behind the LOS.

2)I was at the game and kept my eye on Espinosa. In the first half alone he was stood up or went backwards 8 times. He did well when he pulled but straight up he did not. This will be a problem all year. He must win half the battles if we are to have a straight ahead run game. Maybe a chip or double from the OG but something must be done.

3)Did not matter who the FB was, they all sucked at blocking and cost our RBs a couple of big runs. The FB position is more troubling to me than TE. And yes, TE is an issue.

4)We have a decent pass catcher and a decent blocker but they are different and it gives the D a clear indication of the play call. Teams will better talent can exploit this. Wyoming could not and NM wont be able to either.

5)Being at the game, it was hard to tell if it was the snap, holder or kicker but something must improve in 2 weeks time.

 

Wyoming is better than the general public thinks. That said, we should not have left the game in doubt as late as it was. 2 miscues by our DBs gave them some points. Also 7 points left of the board by our ST made the game look closer than it was.

 

We need to see improvement all over the field in the next 2 weeks.

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Agree with most of what you are saying Wes. Very good post.

1)i expect a bit more from Ash. I hope he will improve his timing on the deep ball, 1/2 second late both times. I am very happy he threw away a couple of passes when nobody was open. I would like the coaches to have a bit more confidence in Ash and not throw what seemed like 6-8 behind the LOS.

2)I was at the game and kept my eye on Espinosa. In the first half alone he was stood up or went backwards 8 times. He did well when he pulled but straight up he did not. This will be a problem all year. He must win half the battles if we are to have a straight ahead run game. Maybe a chip or double from the OG but something must be done.

3)Did not matter who the FB was, they all sucked at blocking and cost our RBs a couple of big runs. The FB position is more troubling to me than TE. And yes, TE is an issue.

4)We have a decent pass catcher and a decent blocker but they are different and it gives the D a clear indication of the play call. Teams will better talent can exploit this. Wyoming could not and NM wont be able to either.

5)Being at the game, it was hard to tell if it was the snap, holder or kicker but something must improve in 2 weeks time.

 

Wyoming is better than the general public thinks. That said, we should not have left the game in doubt as late as it was. 2 miscues by our DBs gave them some points. Also 7 points left of the board by our ST made the game look closer than it was.

 

We need to see improvement all over the field in the next 2 weeks.

 

Daniel Gresham is an important recruit. Kid can block like hell and run. On the TE front I still think Trent Gow was a logical choice because he may be an H-back type of guy but he is the best blocking TE in the class. We have no excuse for the TE woes. FRUSTRATED.......

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