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View from the Cheap Seats-UTSA Beep Beep

 

 Tale of two halves

 

 

Clearly a tale of two halves. UTSA outplayed TEXAS in the 1st half. Plain and simple. The Roadrunners are not as talented as TEXAS but they wanted it more, played better fundamental football and executed far better. And make no mistake, this is a talented well coached team. This was also a game TEXAS would have lost last year. This is not the same TEXAS team. The Horns did not play with the Bama level of intensity. This team was eating the poison cheese. A reference to a Mack warning that he got from Bill Parcells. DKR would have called it reading your press clippings. Lots of coaching points to clean up as we enter BigXII play. Penalties, miss tackles and blown assignments all re-reared their ugly heads. Those have to be fixed. Our defensive line largely got outplayed till late in the game. Those are the negatives. The positives, #1 this team continued to battle, they continued to make plays, outscoring UTSA 24-3 in the 2nd half. Granted, aided by a bit of luck. UTSA’s nation leading in total offense QB Frank Harris threw one bad pass all night, which TEXAS turned into a pick 6 late in the 3rd quarter which was likely the turning point of the game. At the time, TEXAS nursing a 24-20 lead. UTSA was fighting back, 4th and 1, Harris with a perfect slant pass to his top WR who turns his head up field too quickly, takes his eyes off the ball and drops it. TEXAS just kept grinding, leaning on BiJan Robinson’s 1st 100 yard game in the last 5 and RoShon continuing his self-less play including a highlight hurdle. While Hudson Card did not have a sterling night, the gimpy dual threat QB turned 1st and 20 into a 1st down off a 32 yard run. Good news for the Horns, they don’t have to face 5th year senior Frank Harris again. Bad news, Oklahoma has a very good dual threat QB as well.

 

Game changing sequence. 

 

UTSA deferred the coin flip and took the ball in the 2nd half. They opened the game with 2 long sustained drives, 20 plays 74 yards and 10 plays 65 yards which accounted for 10 points then fooled TEXAS badly with an on side kick they recovered and used a double pass for their final TD of the game. TEXAS’ D had not stopped their offense in the 2nd half to this point and now were faced with UTSA having the ball with time to score before half-time then facing their offense again to start the 2nd half. The D bowed up, forced 3 straight punts, 2 to start the 2nd half then gave up a long drive but held the birds to just a FG. That FG would be their only 2nd half points. On UTSA’s next offensive series, Jahdae Barron would take what seemed to be Frank Harris’ only bad pass to the house with a pick 6 which also marked TEXAS only turnover in the past two games. While TEXAS fans were still scarred by last year's 2nd half meltdowns, this would be the final straw in the game.

 

Offensive player of the game

 

BiJan turned in a Heisman worthy performance logging 183 yards rushing, with 3 TDs to go with a 19 yard catch and run that left a trail of broken ankles in his wake. He also recorded his longest run of his career, with a 78 yarder where he cut back against the grain behind a terrific seal block from Travion Sanders. While Sanders only logged 1 6 yard catch, he was spotted frequently throwing key blocks.

 

Honorable mention: RoShon Johnson 11 carries, 81 yards with 3 receptions and a TD.

 

Defensive player of the game:

 

Jahdae Barron He added 6 total tackles to his pick 6 but the pick 6 at the end of the 3rd quarter was key to victory

 

Honorable Mention: Would have been new dad DeMarvion Overshawn but his maybe/maybe not targeting negated TEXAS’ sole sack of the game. He added a pass break up and half a tackle for loss.

 

 

 

Stats that matter

  • 4-11  TEXAS on 3rd down, not getting it done
  • 9      Penalties on TEXAS, 4 created 1st downs for UTSA, not good enough, some really dumb
  • 17    TEXAS’ D average points allowed through 3 games, that’s getting it done. Last year,  31 ppg
  • 2-3   Red Zone TDs. Better than last week, other was a FG
  • 0      Sacks by TEXAS. Should have been 1, still not sure Overshawn targeted Harris. Still, not good enough. And this against a patch work OL featuring a walk on

Conclusions

 

Sark has shown this year he is better in the 2nd half than he showed last year. This was a big coaching challenge, after the 1st half, we’ll make no bones, we were concerned. While the 1st 30 weren’t impressive, football is a 60 minute game and judged at the end of 60 not the end of 30. The defense? Lots of “coachable moments” on that side of the ball. Too many blown tackles (7-10 at least), too many mistakes. Sorrell’s roughing the passer penalty was pure bone head which kept their drive alive. But the key is that this is not last year’s TEXAS team. This is a team that is learning to play 2nd half football. The offense stepped up in a big way while the D bent but didn’t break. A 24-3 2nd half will win you lots of games. One nitpick, Card still in the game with 8 minutes to go. Should have pulled him since we were just handing off anyway.

Or said more simply, nicer to win ugly than lose pretty and at the end of the night, Sark's young charges got the job done with a great 2nd half.

 

On Deck

 

The dreaded road trip to tortilla slinging  Texas Tech.    Texas Tech played fairly well in losing to North Carolina State on the road. NCSt is in the mix for their division in the ACC so a good test. Stop us if you have heard this before but TEXAS traveling to Lubbock is Tech’s biggest game of the year. No offense, Card played with heart but we’re really hoping that Ewers is ready for WVU after Tech. Would be nice to see him get a tune up game before OU.

 

 

 

Sam Acho

 

Props to Sam Acho for being inducted into the TEXAS Hall of Honor for his contributions on the field, in the classroom and in the community. One of 2 TEXAS players to win the coveted Campbell Award for his work in all 3 areas. Often called the Academic Heisman. Nice video tribute from Mack Brown.

 

 

 

Full Disclosure

 

I am a UTSA grad. Never made any secret about it though some people are bothered by it. I had the foolish notion coming out of high school I could play college ball so I enrolled in tiny Texas Lutheran. That dream lasted about 15 minutes and my only contribution to the program was helping a couple of players through a few classes. I had the choice of Austin and the University of TEXAS or UTSA. The catch was I was working my way through college and had a good job in SA and no jobs in Austin. I’ve never regrated the call. It allowed me to be elected to student government and to be the 1st Marine officer commissioned from UTSA. So I confess it was bitter sweet watching UTSA outplay TEXAS in the 1st half. OTOH, the 1st TEXAS game I watched was 6 Dec 1969. Older fans and history buffs will recall the game, the Great Shootout where TEXAS earned the National Title against Arkansas. Been a TEXAS fan ever since.

 

 

 

Ranking the BigXII

 

 

 

#1 Oklahoma Their QB concerns me and their defense plays fast. They crushed potentially the worst Nebraska team in 50 years

 

#2a Baylor shook off a tough loss to BYU to pummel a 2nd tier tomato can

 

2b OSU Beat up a tomato can

 

2c TEXAS beat one of the better 2nd tier teams after an ugly 1st half

 

2d Iowa State Pummelled a weak 2nd tier team (seems to be a theme this week)

 

6 Kansas Don’t look now, they beat a team ranked through week 2, 3 and 0

 

7 Texas Tech Lost to NCSt, will be sky high for TEXAS coming to town.

 

8 TCU Bye week

 

9 WVU Beat up a tomato can

 

10 KSU Lost to Tulane. WTH?

 

Game Highlights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hX0Kaj6HGc

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@echeese

If anyone is bothereed by where you went to school, that's on them. No explanation needed. Hell, I shouldn't even tell anyone this but I went to texas a&m at Commerce. Not really. I graduated from East Texas Texas State in 1973. Stupid aggies probably claim the 1972 national championship we won. The Harvey Martin days.

Funny story. When a&m took over the school they sent me a letter asking if I wanted a new diploma with their name on it. I actually wrote them back and told them not only no, but hell no!

And my first Texas game was the 1962 Cotton Bowl game against Mississippi in which #3 Texas beat #5 Ole Miss 12-7.

As usual, enjoyed the write-up and apologies for diverting the thread but here's my only comment. The targeting call on Overshown was bull****. 

 

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1 hour ago, North Texas Golfer said:

@echeese

If anyone is bothereed by where you went to school, that's on them. No explanation needed. Hell, I shouldn't even tell anyone this but I went to texas a&m at Commerce. Not really. I graduated from East Texas Texas State in 1973. Stupid aggies probably claim the 1972 national championship we won. The Harvey Martin days.

Funny story. When a&m took over the school they sent me a letter asking if I wanted a new diploma with their name on it. I actually wrote them back and told them not only no, but hell no!

And my first Texas game was the 1962 Cotton Bowl game against Mississippi in which #3 Texas beat #5 Ole Miss 12-7.

As usual, enjoyed the write-up and apologies for diverting the thread but here's my only comment. The targeting call on Overshown was bull****. 

 

 

It's been funny when it's been brought up.   For the most part, no one cares but a few take themselves WAY too seriously.

 

TEXAS dodged a classic trap game and now must go on the road to what will be a very hostile environment.    Trying not to drink too much of the kool aid but outside of Ewers going down, not sure this season could be scripted much better so far.

 

 

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