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  1. View from the Cheap Seats ULaLa All Gas No Brakes What is likely the most significant off season in TEXAS Longhorn history opened with plenty of questions being answered by new Coach Steve “Sark” Sarkisian and his young charges. Not sure you could have scripted a better opening for Coach Sark, his brand new staff and the debut of Hudson Card. Let’s quickly start with the off season changes. As most are aware by now, TEXAS and Oklahoma shook the college football world by announcing they were joining the SEC. This announcement would come after TEXAS chose to fire Coach Tom “Mensa” Herman who had not done poorly, but he had not done well either. And after very publicly courting Urban Meyer who would bolt for the NFL, TEXAS would “settle” by plucking Coach Sark from the Bama staff, along with 3 other Bama coaches. The move to changes conferences that supposedly had been blocked for years (decades?) by the TEXAS administration was now seen as the most obvious move by a new AD, President and head of our board of Regents. Big time props to AD, CDC (now know by his initials), UT President Jay Hartzell and Board of Regent chair Kevin P. Eltife. History will be the judge of the wisdom of these moves but these men should be credited with the vision and courage to not stand with the status quo. ACES. So 2 quick digs at our friends down in College Station before we get into Sat's game. 1st, as great as the news of the move from the lackluster BigXII to the SEC was to real CFB fans, almost as joyous was listening to the howls and whines of our former “rival” (how much of a rival are you really when you lost 3/4ers of the games you play?) who realized they were going right back into the shadow of TEXAS. It was interesting that Aggie would also give Jimbo Fisher a raise after going 33-16 over 4 years, failing to win 10 games in a season and not even winning their division. TEXAS would fire their head coach who would go 32-18 over 4 years, producing a 10 win season and playing for the conference title. The standards are not the same Back to the game at hand TEXAS opened their season facing a Nationally ranked opponent that returned 20 of 22 starters from last year, a team which finished the year with a well-deserved Top 25 ranking. This is a team that upset Iowa State in the opener last year. This was also the game many pundits picked as their ”upset special” to kick off the season. Coach Sark and company would put the quick kibosh on that, jumping out to a 14-6 half time lead and never looking back. TEXAS would open the season forcing a 3 and out then registering their own 3 and out. . . .TEXAS would then go long TD drive, long missed FG drive then long TD drive to take a 14-6 half time lead. Did you read that right? Only 4 drives in the 1st half? Get used to Sark’s ball control offense where he’ll change plays at the line but will eat up much of the clock on every play. While the motto is “All gas no brakes”, this is not an up tempo offense many are used to seeing. To highlight that ball control, TEXAS would convert 10 of 15 chances on 3rd down. Not that Sark will not go uptempo from time to time, something he did several times in the game to keep the LaLa D off balance. If we were to pick one word for this offense? Methodical. Speaking of “methodical”, after the opening 3 and out, TEXAS would score or attempt to score, missed FG on drive #3, on every drive it had until the very last drive of the game where TEXAS was simply trying to run out the clock. Along the way, Coach Sark showed why he was so highly regarded and such a desirable candidate for the job. He put his talented players in a position to succeed and when asked to, his players made plays. The difference in not just play calling but play design as well. We’ll focus on BiJan’s 1st TD pass. TEXAS lines up with 2 tight ends tight on the left side of the formation with no WR to that side and BR in the backfield. Both TEs run routes into the center of the field, the Corner back follows the TEs leaving BR wide open to leak out into the flat where he outruns the D to the end zone. Of course nothing helps a play caller more than talented players and in BiJan Robinson TEXAS is blessed with a dynamic ball carrier with the power to break tackles as well as the quickness to leave defenders trying to find their underwear on the field. Think larger, stronger version of Jamaal Charles. As we saw at the end of last year, BR will be a special RB for TEXAS if he can stay healthy. The biggest story of the off season (on the field) was who would win the job as QB1 for the Horns. Hudson Card served notice the job was his while he lived up to advanced billing with a very impressive performance. Through one game, he showed why he deserved QB1 status. He delivered a calm, cool demeanor, frequently extending plays displaying good elusiveness in the pocket. He certainly displayed a “live arm” with pinpoint throws. He reminds us of another redshirt freshman QB, Colt McCoy, who enjoyed an on field maturity beyond his years. Not to mention a frame that could use another 10-15 pounds of muscle. Card did something not sure many noticed, when he scrambled, he kept his eyes down field. He never lost awareness of what was going on and where his targets were. Just one game but Card did everything he was asked including not turning the ball over.' Applaud Coach Sark for getting Casey Thompson into the game late in the 3rd and giving him the entire 4th quarter. Move should pay big dividends. He also managed to get RB3 Kelian Robinson plenty of snaps and he responded with a 5.1 ypc performance. Not everything was wine and roses. The TEXAS offensive line gave up 4 sacks on the day. Having watched the OU game with their DL wrecking havoc on the Tulane offense at times, this is a concern. Largely the only negative we can find with the offense but it’s pretty important one. While not as impressive or dominate as the O, the D acquitted itself well and we think Coach K is going to pay strong dividends. Without blitzing much, the TEXAS D contained a very good LaLa offense. Of particular note was limiting 5th year Senior QB Levi Lewis to his worst game in 2 years. A true dual threat QB, one of the big concerns was not letting Lewis beat the Horns with his legs. La La was never able to establish their run game and by the 2nd half, they became largely 1 dimensional. La La did manage 2 long drives in the 2nd half but by then the game was largely out of reach. Offensive Player of the game: #1 BiJan Robinson. 176 total yards from scrimmage, 2 TDs and showed off both great cutting ability, great power and great speed. #2 Hudson Card. 177 QB rating on a 14 for 21 224 yard night with 2 passing TDs to go with a rushing TD and not INTs. Well done young man. #3 Jordan Whittington J-Witt to his friends. 7 catches 113 yards and a TD. Defensive Player of the game Co D-MVPs, DeMarvion Overshown & Luke Brockemeyer would record 24 tackles (8 solo) and 2 sacks combined. Stats that matter 5-5 Red Zone scoring and 4 of 5, 4 TDs and 1 FG. 10-15 3rd down conversion rate. 4-13 LaLa’s 3rd down conversion rate, 0-9 through 3 quarters. 4/3 Good news bad news. We gave up 4 sacks and recorded 3. 7-64 Penalties on TEXAS. Will be a coaching focus this week 177 Hudson Card's QB rating through game 1 On Deck So Sark faces an early coaching challenge. He takes the Horns on the road to visit old SWC rival (now this a real rivalry) Arkansas who will be sky high for the game. His young team will be tested in a very hostile environment as the fans. Arkie’s QB is a big guy, 250 lbs and more known for being a rusher not passer. Avoid turnovers, take an early lead and another methodical game will be next week’s keys to victory. Ranking the BigXII Big Dog 1 Oklahoma. Lots of teams guilty of reading their press clippings/eating the cheese, OU appeared to be one of them. OU’s front is scary, their secondary not so much. They remain #1 until someone knocks them off their perch Chasing the title 2 TEXAS Great debut for Sark over a ranked opponent. Best BigXII win of the weekend 3 ISU Speaking of eating the cheese, expect ISU to be formidable and improve from a lackluster performance vs a good FCS level school 4 TCU Strong showing vs a tomato can. TEXAS BigXII opener 5 KSU Looked good vs Stanford. 2nd best BigXII win of the weekend 6 OSU Did not look good beating an FCS opponent, Mizzu State Also rans 7 TT Beat Cougar High 8 WVU Lost to Maryland, shades of Mensa 9 Kansas Eeked out a win vs FCS opponent (sensing a week 1 pattern?) 10 Baylor Did not look good beating FCS opponent Texas State Way too early playoff picks: #1 Bama Stop me if you have heard this before, new QB, New OC. . .same ole Bama #2 tOSU Best of the rest but a step below Bama #3 Dawgs Hard to believe Clemson and Dawgs would play a game without scoring an offensive TD #4 Field is open. Today the Land Thieves fill this spot but Clemson’s playoff bid took a shot this weekend. Game highlights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBwVTk7rRPo
    13 points
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    ARKANSAS: A Little History

    No Longhorn should travel to a Longhorn vs Razorback game without a little history of the rivalry. During my time as a student at Texas, we flew into Arkansas twice, and both trips were eventful. Once our flight home (a charter) was delayed because one of our group was in an Emergency Room. Why, you might ask? We were delayed because one of our group was injured as we marched out of Razorback Stadium by trash which included, partially eaten fruit, soft drinks, beer bottles, etc. It was a broken beer bottle that cut the skin, so close to the eye, that doctors said a fraction of an inch closer would have resulted in lost vision in one eye for the injured person. If driving during that time, it was important to get gas BEFORE one crossed the Texas border. The Hog fans wouldn’t sell gas to Texas fans. Hopefully that has changed since chain stores have virtually taken over gasoline sales. However, it can’t hurt to gas up before you cross the border. Bevo and Smokey had difficulty making the trip due to gasoline shortages. Regardless of those difficulties, expect the fan base to be a very diverse group. Some will be polite and well-spoken, but others will be crazy, uneducated hillbillies. Some of whom are probably the same fools who threw trash at us as we left their stadium in victory. By the way, followed that incident, DiNino said he would not take the LHB back to Arkansas. Since DKR made it clear that he wanted the LHB with the team when they traveled, DiNino only relented when the President of the university of Arkansas wrote a letter of apology to The University of Texas. Be ready, and Hook ‘em!
    9 points
  3. Bobby Burton on IT said backup Andrej Karic is the nastiest OL Texas has and that whoever he was blocking ate turf at least half the time. Ian Boyd, also with IT, also said that Karic made some statement blocks and that Kyle Flood needs to think long and hard about why Karic isn't somewhere in the starting lineup.
    8 points
  4. And I'm not sure how seriously you can taken when you say things like you're not sure that Bijan is even our best Robinson.
    8 points
  5. Whittington didn't make that catch because it was poorly thrown. Card was inaccurate all night, which was supposed to be one of his strongpoints over Thompson. With the decision on a starter only two weeks old, its not an issue to go with your hot hand. Otherwise, you could be sacrificing the team for the development of one single player. It is interesting that you're appealing for patience with Card, but not with Thompson. If you don't produce, then yeah, you need to ride pine. That was a very big game to be having that bad of a performance.
    8 points
  6. I attended my first Texas football game in 1977 and was an instant FANatic! Up until Arkansas’ departure in 1991 there were 3 HUGE games every year: 1. Aggie 2. OU 3. Arkansas In that order for me (I know many would rank the OU game #1). These games were momentous events every year! It was sports hatred at its finest!! I, for one, welcome both villains back to our schedule. Sports are more fun with “bad guys!” The Olympics were more titillating with the Soviet Union and college football is better with Texas Arkansas.
    8 points
  7. New end zone at night.
    8 points
  8. View from the Cheap Seats-Rice Slump Buster And did this Longhorn team ever need a slump buster after the worst defeat of the past decade, a tomato can a stalking horse, a stat padder, call Rice whatever you wish. Almost feel sorry for Rice, which was once a proud program and some of the brightest kids in Texas played their hearts out. (Rice refers to itself as the Harvard of the Southwest for good reason). The biggest story of the night, for the 1st time since 3 Nov 2017, Casey Thompson was QB1 for his team. After 4 years at TEXAS, Casey got his chance to start and he shined. Granted, he was playing Rice so don’t get too excited. Having said that, he was decisive, his throws were on the money and outside of an Interception, he had an outstanding night. Though the interception was interesting as he came back complete unphased. In fact the biggest negative from the offense was that Casey was hit 3 or 4 times so the offensive line still has some work to do. Interesting trivia, until Sat night, we did not know that Casey was half Native American. Casey’s evening was aided by both scheme and by our ground attack. Clearly the strength of the Longhorn offense is it is lead by 2 outstanding running backs in BiJan Robinson and Roshon Johnson who each had amazing nights. And it was clear the job #1 for Coach Sark was to establish the run early and wear out Rice. Mission accomplished. 4 Running backs combined for 427 yards rushing including a 72 yard run by Roshon Johnson from the wildcat in the 1st quarter, a 62 yard run by BiJan in the 2nd quarter and a 65 yard run by Keilan Robinson in the 3rd quarter. BiJan Robinson gained 9.8 yards a carry and was only 3rd on the team in yards per carry on a 127 yard night. He also showed great power on several runs highlighted by a stiff arm where he threw the Rice defender to the ground. The 1st play of the highlights below features both the stiff arm and the replay of the stiff arm. BRUTAL This was clearly an All Gas, No Brakes night for Coach Sark who’s scheme featured a great deal of misdirection, opening with a jet sweep to get the ball in the hands of Xaiver Worthy. The slender (160 lbs) WR would have his biggest night of his young career. Jared Wiley recorded his 1st receptions for the 2021 season and maybe showed us a glimpse of the tight end position in this offense going forward. No series highlighted TEXAS/Sark was playing to win as much as our next to the last series in the 1st half. A Rice punt pinned TEXAS back at her 11. Following the only negative play (1 yard rushing loss) of the evening, Sark dials up 3 straight pass plays. The 3rd down play results in a holding call against TEXAS pinning us back at the 7. (btw, one of only 2 penalties on TEXAS on the evening) Most coaches would have run a safe play, punted and lived to fight another day considering we were already up 23-0. Nope, not Sark, he showed great faith in Casey who drops back and fires a 22 yard strike to Kelovanty Dixon setting up 1st down and then BiJan’s 62 yard TD run where he featured his speed, vision and cut back ability. Not to jinx him but at TEXAS, we know our great RBs by one name, they don’t need 2. Earl, Ricky, Ced, Jamaal, Priest (though more for his NFL success) and now BiJan. We have him for 2 more seasons before he’s a 1st round NFL pick, appreciate and enjoy him now. And we REALLY hope we haven’t jinxed him. Great things in the young man’s future. We would be remiss if we did not mention Kelien Robinson’s punt block which was the biggest special teams play of the evening and lead to a safety then a TEXAS TD drive so really a 9 point play. Defense had a good night, forcing Rice into 7 drives of 4 plays or less on Rice’s 10 drives (we don’t count the drive immediately before half as it was simply running out the clock) They did give up 3 drives of 9 plays or more. One of the biggest advantages of a tomato can game is getting snaps for a large number of players who will be needed as the season grinds on. Overall, doubt if you could have drawn up a better game or game plan for a badly needed slump buster. We hope that the QB issue is now resolved for the season though we doubt Coach Sark will say anything but “week to week” which we understand. There was only one player who left the field due to injury so hope he’s OK but fairly high on the pre-game check list was “no injuries” Not a game to get too excited about, Rice was outclassed. But certainly a great confidence builder game for the Horns Offensive player of the Game BiJan Robinson 127 yards 14 yard reception 3 TDs Honorable Mention: Roshon Johnson and Casey Thompson. Defensive player of the game Ovie Ogaphour Tackle and a half for loss + a sack Up Next Texas Tech comes to town. They will be a better opponent than Rice though they still will not tell us who this Longhorn team is. TT in Austin is seldom the same team as TT in Lubbock. We look for a somewhat similar game plan, plenty of mis direction and leaning hard on the run game with Casey throwing 18-25 times. 2 weeks until TCU on the road, which will be TEXAS’ “big test” of the season before we face OU in the Red River War then Oklahoma State before a bye week. We hope we see more passing to the TEs, we certainly have enough of them on the roster. One of Coach Sark’s challenges is to continue to rebuild this young team’s confidence. Stats that Matter 0 TEXAS’ D pitched it’s 1st shutout since 2017 427 TEXAS’ combined rushing yards with only 1 negative play a -1 yard run. 5-6 Six trips into the redzone coming away with 5 TDs and a late 4th quarter turnover on downs 0-2 Two Rice red zone trips resulting in ZERO scores 6 Number of TEXAS players who scored touchdowns in the game 0 Number of punts TEXAS needed Mack Attack Loss to Va Tech now looks worse with their loss to WVU. Facing Virginia, UNC took an early lead, lost the lead going into half time then came roaring back scoring 5 TDs in the 2nd half to win going away. Up next they face a Georgia Tech team that gave Clemson all they can handle Ranking the BigXII #1 Oklahoma while not an impressive win vs Neb, they are the champs and remain on top until someone knocks them off Standard caveat, until we know more, 2-7 can be ranked in any order today #2 ISU Big win vs a tomato can. #3 TEXAS We certainly know TEXAS can beat the weak teams on the schedule, #4 West Virginia on the strength of the best win (vs #15) on the BigXII schedule this week #5 TCU Horn Frogs on an early bye week #6 Okie Lite Neither team scored in the 2nd half, eeked out a win over Boise State #7 KSU 21 4th quarter points lead to a 21 point victory #8 Baylor Blew out Kansas #9 Texas Tech Blew out Florida International #10 Baylor Is it basketball season yet? Way too early Playoff projections #1 Bama Faced a real test in the swamp, simply too much talent but might not be their last game with Florida #2 Oregon Blew out a tomato can. Can anyone in the Pac stop their run? #3 tOSU Bumbling, stumbling but continues to win. B1G play should be very interesting #4 Oklahoma For now, they run the table, they are in the playoffs Just a bit outside Georgia Cocktail party likely determines who plays Bama for the SEC title. Need some of the front runner sin the nation to lose a game so SEC can get 2 teams Penn St Beat a better than we thought Auburn team who’s role this year might be spoiler Michigan Harbaugh’s year to win the B1G? Iowa Looking good early Clemson Not looking impressive but just win baby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY_c5eWZhuE
    7 points
  9. Growl vs TT. Show our teeth vs TCU. Unleash the beast vs Oklahoma.
    7 points
  10. AUSTIN, Tx -- The Texas Longhorns (2-1, 0-0) handed a 58-0 shutout defeat to the Rice Owls (0-3, 0-0) at Darrell K. Memorial - Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday evening in a game that Texas dominated from the first snap. The Longhorns scored at will on the Owls, and mixed in a variety of new wrinkles in the playbook in doing so. After a humiliating performance last week in Fayetteville, Steve Sarkisian and staff put together a gameplan against Rice that spread the ball around more and included a myriad of players that didn't see the field last week. Postgame, Sarkisian spoke on his team's ability to bounce back after a collective commitment and effort to try and improve after the loss to Arkansas. "When you have to take a big bite of the humble pie like we had to after last week, we challenged the guys that we had to own it. And then we have to get back to work. I thought the intent and mentality of our team all week long in practice translated to the game." Quarterback Casey Thompson got the starting nod from Sarkisian earlier in the week and made the most of his opportunity, throwing for 164 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Hudson Card replaced Thompson midway through the third quarter and finished the night 2-3 for 29 yards after handing the ball off on most snaps. Texas tallied 620 yards of total offense, compared to the Owls' 284 yards. The margin of victory was the largest for the Longhorns since the 2005 season. The offense did their job, but It was the running game that highlighted the night for the Longhorns. Texas ran wild against a struggling Rice defense and saw four different running backs score touchdowns. Bijan Robinson had 13 carries for 127 yards and three touchdowns, while Roschon Johnson had 3 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown. Alabama transfer Keilan Robinson added 83 yards and a touchdown on 5 carries, and true freshman Jonathon Brooks had 9 carries for 63 yards and a score. Rice went through three quarterbacks on the night and punted in seven of eleven total possessions. The Owls won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, giving Texas the ball first, and an opportunity to manufacture a 9-play, 69 yard drive that was capped by Bijan Robinson's first touchdown of the night. After a Rice punt in their first possession, Casey Thompson was picked off by Gabe Taylor as he was pressured by Rice's Ikenna Enechukwu. Rice marched downfield, deep into Texas territory before Collin Riccitelli missed a 30-yard FG and gave the Longhorns the ball back. Roschon Johnson added a 72-yard touchdown run when he took a direct snap out of the 'Wild Horn' formation, giving Texas a 14-0 advantage. After three and out, Keilan Robinson then blocked Rice's punt which bounced out of the end zone and gave the Longhorns a safety and a 16-0 lead after one quarter. Bijan Robinson opened the second quarter with a bang, adding a pair of touchdown runs which included a 62 yard romp, to extend the lead to 30-0 in favor of the Longhorns. Rice punted on their next possession and Texas scored again, with Thompson finding tight end Jared Wiley for a 20-yard touchdown. The Owls' struggles continued, as they fumbled at the 1:30 mark before the half, allowing Texas to score again. Thompson threw his second touchdown pass of the night, finding Xavier Worthy for his first score as a Longhorn. At the half, Texas led 44-0. Rice opened the second half with possession but went three and out. Texas running back Keilan Robinson demonstrated his speed by outrunning defenders while ripping off a 65-yard touchdown run. After another punt by the Owls, true freshman Jonathan Brooks capped a 13-play, 76-yard drive with a 17 yard scamper into the end zone. After three quarters the longhorns led 58-0. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter but the Longhorns were able to get a slew of reserve players on both sides of the ball into the game which Sarkisian feels is critical for the future. Texas hosts Texas Tech next Saturday at 11:00 am in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
    7 points
  11. Definition of ALL GAS, NO BRAKES. Bout time we have a coach that isn’t afraid to step on the other teams throats
    7 points
  12. Steve Sarkisian announced during his weekly press conference that he was making a QB switch. Casey Thompson will start Saturday's game against Rice after coming off the bench to lead a pair of scoring drives last week at Arkansas. Sarkisian also said Card will play. On the decision, head coach Steve Sarkisian had this to say: "Well I think Casey has performed well... In the Louisiana game, yeah I think three drives and scores 10 points. Came in against Arkansas, put 14 points on the board. Bottom line is, it's not always about how you execute every play, it's about are you maneuvering the offense down the field to score points. And I think Casey has put himself in a good position to do that." Hudson Card will plays as well, as was mentioned by Sarkisian at today's press conference.
    7 points
  13. LOL. What on earth makes you think Sark (shark? are you misspelling it?) thinks Thompson is the fan favorite? I mean, outside of simply performing better than Card? What do you mean "both buys?" What is Sark buying? Maybe Sark thinks Card fits a scheme better, I don't know. Neither do you. What Sark does know is Card stunk up the place and Thompson didn't. Thompson is not a run-first QB. Perhaps you feel that way because he's better at it than Card? Thompson and Card both had to run for their lives. Is Card now a run-first QB because his passing was so awful and he had to try to run on many plays? I think you betray your own thinking process by making false assumptions based on your emotional-based thinking. I have no dog in this hunt. As I have said for weeks, I want the QB who is going to win ball games. I don't care what his name is. And right now, I believe that QB is Thompson. There's no conspiracy, no "letting" anyone start (as you said yesterday). This is just playing the QB who is making plays and benching the one who isn't.
    7 points
  14. Mr Card, is that you? Hudson will be really good. I hope he sticks around and develops for the next two years. But from the Alamo Bowl to today, if you don’t think Casey deserves the starting job you probably never will.
    7 points
  15. I don’t see that there is any QB controversy any longer. Card will be good, and we’re better with Thompson right now.
    7 points
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    ARKANSAS: A Little History

    It was all worth it, when we flew in that night, the Tower was the prettiest Burnt Orange that I had ever seen! The drag was bumper to bumper with students. We were getting out of cars to talk to our friends, and cars were blaring The Eyes, Texas Fight, and Grandioso. It was so much fun! #1 Hookem!
    7 points
  17. Went to the game last night and I saw some things I haven’t seen in a while. I saw a more talented Texas team dominate and put the game away early. I can’t recall many times in the last 10 yrs that had happened. They executed and played a clean game as evidenced by only 2 penalties. I saw a blocked punt!! I was very curious how the team would react after getting thumped by Arky. I would saw the got the train back on the tracks. There is still much to work on as Rice was not very good. There is still a lot of improvement needed on the offensive line. It was hard to tell about defensive improvement as Rice’s offense was not real good. But you can’t argue they did their job with a shut out! Another thing that sometimes gets overlooked is blowouts like that give opportunities for the younger players to get game reps. You can practice all you want but those reps are so different than game reps. All in all a great night! Good atmosphere around the stadium and went with my now alumni daughters. Ready for the Raiders next week. Hook ‘em!
    6 points
  18. I'd encourage you to not find ways to hate after a 58-0 victory. Thompson has led this team to scores 16 out of 18 times he's directed this offense. That in itself is pretty remarkable. Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson both went over 100 yards on the night. I don't know how you don't give them all the credit for it.
    6 points
  19. Let's jump right into it. The performance on Saturday night wasn't pretty in all phases. Offense As I pointed out in the game preview when discussing the Arkansas defense, Steve Sarkisian was well aware of Barry Odom and his reputation as a defensive playcaller. It is widely known that Sarkisian was very interested in potentially bringing Odom to Austin when he took over in January. Despite the familiarity and Sarkisian having faced Odom last year at Alabama, the Longhorns offensive gameplan had to be tossed in the trash several drives into the game. Odom rolled out his 3-down front with speedy LB's and DB's roaming behind the defensive line, baiting Texas to try to establish the run, and the Longhorns took the bait. Texas totaled 5 total yards of offense on their first two drives of the game while trying to hand the ball to Bijan Robinson between the tackles. The Longhorns did not have a drive with more than two first downs until their 11th (!!!!!!) drive. Texas faced 3rd and long repeatedly all night, allowing Arkansas to drop 8 and blanket throwing lanes to receivers. The Longhorns never really got the running backs involved in the passing game and decided they did want to try to move the ball with the short passing game on early downs. This leads into the conversation of how the QB's played. Hudson Card received the start and struggled, finishing 8/15 for 61 yards. It is obvious Sarkisian has drilled into his young signal caller to only use his legs as a last resort. As the Razorbacks rushed 3 and dropped 8, Card never really seemed comfortable taking off and running, instead opting to hold onto the ball and attempt some low percentage throws. Casey Thompson took over late in the 3rd quarter and rushed for a pair of touchdowns while completing 5 of 8 passes for 57 yards. Thompson is much more comfortable using his legs currently than Card and it shows. Texas loses this game regardless of who starts at QB, but Thompson's legs could have certainly allowed Texas another avenue of moving the ball early in the game when nothing was working. To the credit of the Texas wide receivers, the Longhorns had several chances to connect on big plays in the passing game. Xaiver Worthy broke through the secondary several times but Hudson Card was unable to deliver a catchable ball. Joshua Moore also had a time or two where he was behind a defender. Outside of those two, it was a tough day for the rest of the group. Jordan Whittington dropped several passes and did not look anything like the guy who had a big week 1. To say the Texas offensive line played poorly would be an understatement. Early in the game, the line allowed several 3 man rushes to get to Hudson Card. Denzel Okafor and Jake Majors allowed a linebacker to run through the line untouched for a sack on 3rd down during Texas' second drive of the game. As run blockers, they were repeatedly blown off the ball and had to be saved several times by Bijan Robinson. I'm not sure much more needs to be said. Kyle Flood has a lot of work to do with this group. Defense/Special Teams It is safe to say Pete Kwiatkowski never faced the veer and shoot at Washington. Kendal Briles put together a solid game plan and Arkansas rushed for 333 yards while averaging 7.1 yards per carry. As expected, the Razorbacks ran KJ Jefferson a lot and asked him to not be a hero in the passing game. The Texas defensive line had an awful game. They had no sacks, were driven off the ball frequently and failed to stay in their lanes in the running game. Remember at the end of the 2020 season when the Texas offense found a lot of success running outside zone? Arkansas used the same type of running schemes to go up and down the field against the Longhorns. DeMarvion Overshown and Luke Brockermeyer were active early in the game, but once the defensive line wore down they had little impact the rest of the way. Overshown looks like a complete different player and is playing the linebacker position at a solid level. Texas needs more guys to take the same step he took. On the surface, the pass defense didn't seem to be an issue since Texas only allowed 138 yards through the air, but the play of the secondary left a lot of be desired. Josh Thompson and D'Shawn Jamison played okay. Brenden Schooler did not start the game, but saw some playing time early and missed several tackles. Jerrin Thompson started in Schooler's place and had 5 tackles. BJ Foster had the play of the game with an impressive INT, but he still has a tendency to launch his shoulder anytime he wants to tackle someone instead of wrapping up. Hindsight is 20/20, but imagine if Texas retains possession on the muffed punt early in the 1st quarter. The Longhorns would have had the ball inside the Arkansas 5 and in all likelihood go up 7-0. The crowd is taken out of the game early, momentum is on the Longhorns side and the offense sees the ball get punched into the endzone. Instead, a small step out of bounds when attempting to make a recovery cost Texas an extra early possession. Jeff Banks and the coaching staff need to seriously think about using someone else at punter. Cameron Dicker is currently handling placekicking, kickoffs and punting duties and is not off a good start. He is 1/3 on field goals for the season and had a punt blocked last night after bobbling the snap. The Longhorns have two other scholarship punters on the roster. One of them needs to step up and allow for Dicker to focus solely on kicking. What's next? It is back to the drawing board for Steve Sarkisian. It appeared the Longhorns took a good first step last week in beating a solid Louisiana team, but all progress was lost just a week later. The gameplans were not good on both sides of the ball, the players did not perform well and as a result the Longhorns got their butts kicked. Arkansas is improved from where they were a few years ago, but it was a still a game where Texas was favored by a touchdown. Texas will host Rice next Saturday at DKR before conference play starts the following week. Several positions, including QB, appear to be up for grabs. For all the negatives that came out of the performance Saturday night, the one positive is the top of the Big 12 appears to be wide open after Oklahoma. Iowa State was beaten soundly by Iowa in a game where Brock Purdy was benched, TCU found themselves in a nail-biter with Cal, Oklahoma State struggled mightily with Tulsa and Texas Tech barely escaped Stephen F Austin. Texas can still reach many of the goals they have for this season, but a lot is going to have to change from what they showed Saturday night.
    6 points
  20. View from the Cheap Seats-Arkansas Pigs play “line football”, SOOIE Let’s make no mistake, TEXAS went to Arkansas and got their backsides beaten. It started with both sides of the lines where the Pig OL & DL dominated the game. We’ll break down some problems, but line play is at the head of the list. BTW, the comment about “playing line football” came from the Pigs staff before the game. Lots of truth to this. Neither TEXAS line played well while the Pigs simply dominated. . . . we might be repeating ourselves. And this one of the hardest Cheap Seats to author. It was sad to see so many TEXAS fans drinking the kool aid and boasting we’d win this game going away. Too much Nintendo and too little understand of real football. Real football is a highly emotional game, played in front of raucous crowds, played by angry men. TEXAS certainly faced that last night as the Arkansas fans set a record for home attendance and volume. Our first problem was badly underrating a very good defense the Pigs brought to the table along with an outstanding running game. Our second problem was getting seriously out coached. Seems that last year, Sark had no answer for the Pigs D as they would hand Bama their lowest scoring and yardage output of the season. Not just by a little bit but by around half. Not sure what Sark was thinking constantly trying to run the way he did vs an excellent run D. Sorry, we love Sark but this was a poorly schemed/called offensive game plan. Thursday night, the Dallas Cowboys opened against Tampa Bay featuring one of the best run D’s in the NFL. Dallas did not stubbornly pound the ball into the line, Dallas threw early and often, short throws to talented WRs and TEs, keeping the Tampa Bay D off balance. And they threw quickly, not giving the TB line time to pressure Dak. They bootlegged away from pressure with throws to TEs and RBs. We could have used a bit of this Sat night. But then again, we could have used a bit of anything that worked. Basically, Sark did his young QB few favors with the game plan and the by product is going to be a full blown QB controversy. For the 2nd week in a row, Casey Thompson was the best QB on the Longhorn side of things. Granted in both games Casey’s snaps came during garbage time but it’s hard to ignore how he lit up the offense with both his passing and running when he was on the field. This is the next BIG test for Sark, how to get his young QBs confidence back up as well as the confidence of the entire team. Can he keep 1 loss from becoming 2. Good news on that front, tomato can Rice next up. Bad news, we then must travel to TCU, another team that gets “geeked up” (to quote Nate Newton) for TEXAS. And even thought TCU looks like crap this year, they ALWAYS play TEXAS hard. We called it pre-season, Hudson was going to have a time where the game was too big for him. It came very early in the season. At one point, there were 3 long passes where receivers were running wide open for touchdowns, explosive plays that certainly would have helped. Card missed each of them badly. Though there was one long beautiful pass to Jordan Whittington, hit him in both hands only to be dropped. Card never looked comfortable in the game. Defense Defense played well in the 1st half, limiting the Pigs to FGs on 3 of their 4 scoring drives including off their very short field blocked punt. Well not great with no real help from the offense. 2nd half those figures would flip as the D gave up 3 TDs and a FG on 4 drives and were unable to stop the Arkie rushing attack. We are simply not physical enough to play a strong rushing team. And sadly, our 2nd half adjustments were poor. BJ Foster did have a great INT to blunt the Pigs 1st drive of the 2nd half that the offense turned into 7 but it simply wasn’t enough. 2nd Half adjustments One of the biggest gripes about Mensa was a lack of halftime adjustments. Sark and Coach K lost this battle to Barry Odom and Kendall Briles. We would lose the 3rd quarter 17-7. Not a good sign 2 plays that defined the night Football is a game of inches and TEXAS blew a chance to take an early lead when by the length of a big toe, Arkansas muffed a punt but the TEXAS player was out of bounds at the 3 by the narrowest of margins. Minus 7 (at least 3) and an early lead after TEXAS 1st 3 and out Early in the 2nd quarter, at his own 16, Cameron Dicker DROPS the ball where it is blocked then scooped and returned to the TEXAS 11. The D bowed up and forced a FG for the 2nd time that night in the Red Zone but the swing of the two plays was 10 points. Would it have mattered in the end? Football is a funny game that way and the best way to take a loud crowd out is to take an early lead. TEXAS trailed wire to wire. Refs In a fairly well called game, have to bitch about 2 BLATANT targeting calls which were not made. 1st one on BiJan would have turned a 3rd down stuff into a 1st down. The 2nd did not impact the drive as it happened on the goal line but if it’s about player safety then stop worrying about the fans and call the game right. Offensive player of the game Casey Thompson shined leading TEXAS to 2 TDs on the 2 drives he had the reigns Defensive player of the Game BJ Foster His INT was the highlight of the night and he came up with 2 big tackles on 3rd down. Stats that matter 333 Arkansas’ total rushing yards, not one Pig player broke 100 7.1 Average Yards per carry for the Pigs 4-13 3rd down conversions for the Horns 6 Drives of 3 plays and out or less (ugh) 9 Number of times Pigs kicked off (double ugh) 3-1 Turnover ratio, another stat line we lost 10/3 Tackles for Losses/Sacks recorded by Arkie 0-19 Sark’s record as a HC when down by 10 or more at half. Summation No way to sugar coat the azz beating the Pigs put on us. Make no mistake, the Pigs are a good team with a stout defense. Anyone who said otherwise, well doesn’t know football very well. Best D the Horns face all season? We hope so. Rice on deck so we have our slump buster but TCU before OU is a bit of a concern today. Sark needs to work some QB magic on young Mr Card. He is the future, is he the present? And does Casey have some James Brown in him, a guy who shines brighter under the lights not in practice? At least we can dispense with the “we’ll be 5-0 and Top 10 ranked when we face OU”. One comment, watched some of Tennessee’s game, South Carolina’s game and obviously the Pigs game. This is why we are moving to the SEC. Fans get jacked up for the games, they fill the stadiums and the stadiums are not 45,000 seat cracker boxes (except for Vandy). Hopefully by the time we get there, we show up with a better team. Mack and the Tar Heels Always good to have a tomato can on deck after an ugly loss. Tar Heels bounce back against Georgia Southern. They will need some help to win their division. Ranking the BigXII #1 OU Torched a tomato can Fair to say NO ONE in the BigXII is very impressive today, not really sure after 2 weeks who deserves to be ranked where from 2 to 8. Frankly put them in any order 9 & 10 are easy, TT barely beat FCS Stephen F while Kansas was abused by Coastal Carolina. #2 KSU 2-0 #3 TCU by virtue of a 2-0 record. Beat a poor Cal team #4 Okie Lite Another 2-0 record coming from behind to beat Tulsa with 21 in the 4th #5 ISU Pounded by Top 10 Iowa #6 TEXAS, prison raped by the pigs but solid win vs a ranked opponent in week 1 #7 WVU Put a whipping on Long Island High School. Oh wait, Long Island has a college and a football team. . . .who knew? #8 Baylor Whipped Texas Southern. . . . who cares? #9 Texas Tech You barely beat Stephen “FCS” Austin? #10 Kansas Way too early playoff picture #1 Bama #2 Oregon New kid in the mix proves they are for real beating tOSU on the road. Must say, many scoffed at the idea of Mario Christobal as a Mensa replacement candidate. Does a great job with OLs, wins (back to back Pac12 champ) and now in the drivers seat to win 3 years in a row/make the playoffs. #3 Norte Dame Biggest beneficiary of the tOSU loss #4 Georgia If both Bama and Georgia run the table, both most likely in Outside looking in? Oklahoma Clemson Penn State USC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tGTpuTyDaQ
    6 points
  21. What do you mean by 'pass judgement'... You mean watching games and making observations? I'm not aware only Texas fans do this. Sark has a pretty good record of training and putting QBs in the NFL. Card knows this, which is why he won't transfer. Long term he'll be a better QB by playing for Sark. Long term Texas will be a better football team for having Card as a starter. He just wasn't ready as a freshman to walk into a hostile stadium and run a new offense. That's a pretty tough assignment, but also a reality of big time football. No one is holding it against Card that he wasn't ready yet. Every Texas fan I talk to looks forward to what he'll do in the future. If you want to talk about emotions and being pissed, think about the opposite side of this... if you kept throwing Card out there before he's ready. That's a recipe to crush a young QB - destroying any confidence he has himself or fans have in his abilities. Sark is protecting him with this move, and in the press conference basically said this gives Card time to breathe. Card needs a little time to self-reflect and let last week's game become a character building experience. As opposed to throwing him back out there and maybe turning into a soul crushing experience.
    6 points
  22. Or Depp's assertion that Card has as much experience as Thompson in another thread. RS Freshman in his 2nd year versus a 4th year Junior who won the Alamo Bowl for us. I blame public schools.
    6 points
  23. The question to me at this point is if Texas is going to be willing to compete with the SEC teams as the SEC teams compete? The existing members and the Sooners for that matter have been doing NIL type stuff long before it was legal. If Texas is going to compete, they better figure out the NIL stuff almost as quickly as they figure out how to win consistently. Full disclosure, I have never been in favor of bending the rules for championships like some SEC schools have. That said, the new NIL environment should be a huge advantage to Texas given the financial resources they have.
    6 points
  24. Our main problem is that the Horns have NO OFFENSIVE LINE.
    6 points
  25. What a shitty week. My mom passes away on Thursday and I was really looking forward to this game so I could get lost for about 4 hours. Well, that sucked. This is no time to circle the wagons, but this is definitely time to challenge this team manhood. Stop resting on your laurels from the pre ious week because all that does is make you soft. DL needs to dominate. LBs need to tackle better, DBs need to stop playing soft coverage and body up the WRs, WRs need to catch TD passes if it hits them in hands and they need to get open, QB needs to be the leader on the field and hold others accountable and last but not least OL needs to stop playing flag football.
    6 points
  26. I’m sorry, but give him the start next week after seeing that effort. Give me the guy that fights like that.
    6 points
  27. The #15 Texas Longhorns (1-0, 0-0) will face former Southwest Conference rival, the Arkansas Razorbacks, on Saturday evening at 6:00 PM in Fayetteville. The Longhorns have had success against the Hogs in their home stadium, winning the last three at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. In fact, the last time the Longhorns lost there was in 1981. Both teams won their season opening contests at home, with Texas defeating Louisiana 38-18 and Arkansas besting Rice 38-17. Redshirt freshman quarterback Hudson Card will face his first true road test as the starter for the Longhorns, and Steve Sarkisian and company look to improve to 2-0 as a staff during their time in Austin. Texas is favored by a touchdown and Arkansas will be without starting LB Bumper Pool for the first half due to a targeting call against Rice. The Hogs will also be without starting DE Dorian Gerald who suffered a leg injury in practice this week. Do the Longhorns have the game plan, mental and physical conditioning to go into enemy territory and pull off a win? The HornSports Staff give their predictions on the outcome of Saturday's big game. Aaron Carrara (1-0) Both teams are coming off wins at home but I expect Saturday’s matchup to be a prime time slugfest. I like the Longhorns on paper, but Hudson Card will have his hands full on the road. Bijan Robinson and Jeff Banks’ special teams unit will win this for Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns leave Fayetteville with hard-fought victory. Score Prediction: Texas 34, Arkansas 24 TFloss32 (1-0) The first thing that comes to mind for this match-up is Fayetteville potentially being an environment unlike any other the current Texas players have faced. If they can stay even-keeled and ride out the initial jolt that stadium will provide, I like the good guys to eventually walk out with a victory. The evidence we have for both teams is limited, but Arkansas simply didn’t put together a good performance against Rice at home last week. I expect the game plan to be similar to that of Week 1 with a heavy dose of Bijan Robinson opening up other opportunities for the offense, and Kwiatkowski’s defense keying on KJ Jefferson’s legs forcing him to throw down field. More solid special teams play, with Dicker being consistent, and keeping the turnovers in check will go a long way. Score Prediction: Texas 27, Arkansas 20 Jameson McCausland (1-0) Saturday night is a big test for Texas and Steve Sarkisian. The Longhorns opened the season with a solid showing against Louisiana, but traveling to Fayetteville and defeating Arkansas would be huge from a momentum standpoint for the program. I expect this game to be close. The Razorbacks looked sloppy week 1, especially on offense, but I expect Kendal Briles to fully unleash KJ Jefferson's running ability and have him carry the ball 15-20 times. The difference in the game will be Bijan Robinson. I wouldn't be surprised to see him get close to 30 touches and Sarkisian will find a way to get him the ball in open space. As long as Hudson Card takes care of the football, Texas should leave Fayetteville with a victory. Score Prediction: Texas 31, Arkansas 21 Devon Messinger (1-0) Bijan Robinson, Hudson Card and Jordan Whittington all had solid games for the Longhorns last weekend and will now look to beat Arkansas on the road in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks have a plethora of talent, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, headlined by preseason All-American Jalen Catalon at safety. However, the game can be won and lost by the Longhorns on the trenches. Can the Longhorns force the Hogs to rely on quarterback KJ Jefferson's arm? Additionally, can Texas's offensive line bounce back from a shaky performance last week and create opportunities for Card and Robinson? If so, Texas will be in the driver's seat against the Razorbacks. Score Prediction: Texas 31, Arkansas 21 Tristan Larsen (1-0) After taking down top-25 Louisiana by 20 points, Sarkisian makes his SEC return against Arkansas in what could be a preview of a rivalry to come for Texas. This will be just the fifth meeting between these schools since 1992 and the first time Texas has traveled to Fayetteville in 17 years. A lot is going in the Longhorns' favor this Saturday. Bijan Robinson looked excellent as he was awarded the Big 12 and National Player of the Week. Hudson Card in his first start looked the part of the next great Texas QB. The defense as well was much improved as Sarkisian’s new and improved coaching staff seems to be a bright spot for the program. Arkansas themselves is coming off of a 38-17 victory over Rice as they look forward to going 2-0 against Texas schools this year. However, the Longhorns on paper are simply a better team than the Razorbacks at this moment. With a lot of the top name quarterbacks struggling in Week 1 another great Robinson performance could mean all gas no brakes toward Heisman consideration. Parlayed with the fact that Sarkisian embarrassed Arkansas last season 52-3, I think Texas easily takes care of business here. Score Prediction: Texas 31, Arkansas 21 Mitch Lovell (1-0) This game will be close early on as the crowd will be a factor for Hudson Card making his fist start on the road. Card will settle down, rely on Bijan to run the ball and the Longhorns will cruise in the second half. Hogs QB KJ Jefferson struggled vs Rice throwing the ball and Texas will be well-prepared on defense for the Razorback offense. Score Prediction: Texas 42, Arkansas 17
    6 points
  28. This was a sign of things to come for Ohio State today.
    6 points
  29. Finkley to Texas.
    6 points
  30. On a weekend where many preseason top 25 teams were upset or found themselves in nail-biters late in the 4th quarter, Texas did something they haven't done in quite some time: thoroughly beat a quality opponent. No one is going to mistake Louisiana for Alabama or Georgia, but the Ragin' Cajuns entered the season with the most returning production in the country and were coming off a 10-1 season. All the ingredients were there for an upset in Austin, but the Longhorns simply outplayed and out-coached Louisiana. There were a lot of promising signs to open the Steve Sarkisian era. Here are some quick thoughts and takeaways on the 38-18 win to open the season: Offense Steve Sarkisian made it clear all offseason he was going to get Bijan Robinson the ball early and often. Sarkisian kept his promise as he handed the ball to the sophomore 20 times for 103 yards and a TD while Robinson also added 4 catches for 73 yards and a receiving TD. 24 touches is likely right around the number Robinson figures to be every week. It was interesting to see the ways Sarkisian used him in the passing game, including when he lined him up out wide and Card found Robinson for a big gain on a quick slant. Roschon Johnson was Roschon Johnson. He did a lot of the dirty work in 2 running back sets but also had a big 14 yard reception where he leaped over a defender on a 3rd down to move the chains. Keilan Robinson finally saw the field in the 3rd quarter and I bet Steve Sarkisian has some stuff up his sleeve to use throughout the season with #7. He is dangerous with the ball in his hands. There were a ton of concerns at the wide receiver position coming out of camp, specifically around drops and getting in sync with the quarterbacks. For one game at least, the unit stepped up and quieted a lot of the noise. Joshua Moore (3 catches for 17 yards) and Jordan Whittington (7 catches for 113 yards and a TD) showed no signs of being slowed by the injuries they suffered during camp. Freshman Xavier Worthy got involved early with a 34 yard catch and had a nice punt return. Marcus Washington saw a decent amount of snaps as well and had a great block on the Whittington TD. The position group as a whole had no drops and will take some confidence into next week in Fayetteville. Texas ran a ton of 2 tight end sets throughout the afternoon. Cade Brewer played the most snaps and had a 6-yard touchdown on his only catch. Steve Sarkisian said after the game that Jared Wiley was dealing with a shoulder injury, which explained the lack of snaps for the junior. In his place, Gunnar Helm was thrown into the fire and did not look out of place. It was an up and down performance for the offensive line. Penalties were an issue and there were too many times where the Louisiana defensive line was getting significant push on the interior of the Texas offensive line. It was obvious early that Texas wanted to establish outside zone as their bread and butter but the offensive line was just never able to open up the big lanes. Sarkisian and offensive line coach Kyle Flood did do a good job of making some adjustments and not completely ditching the running game despite the lack of early success. They eventually found success as the Louisiana defense wore down. Lastly, we have to touch on the quarterbacks. Hudson Card went 14/21 for 224 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his first start. More importantly, he did not turn the ball over and looked comfortable operating the offense. He does not get enough credit for his athleticism and was able to avoid several sacks. His touchdown throw to Brewer was a beautiful throw where he fired it in a tight window. Texas hasn't had a QB with his arm talent in a long time. About halfway through the 3rd quarter, Sarkisian handed the reigns to Casey Thompson. Thompson completed 4 of 5 passes for 41 yards and a TD on a screen pass to Whittington. Thompson also had another nice 3rd down completion to Whittington where he stepped up in the pocket and delivered a good pass on the move. Long term, I am not sure how Sarkisian is going to manage the QB situation. It appears he wants to keep Thompson engaged and not have one eye on the portal, but it is not sustainable to split playing time at QB for the whole season. Maybe they are able to develop a package of plays for Thompson that the they can use situationally, but Hudson Card certainly did not do anything to lose the job in week 1. Defense/Special Teams The Texas defense gave up 358 total yards, but easily 100 of those yards came with the game in hand and the Longhorns getting snaps for the backups. It was a quality performance for Pete Kwiatkowski's group. They controlled the line of scrimmage (76 rushing yards allowed) and were not beat for any backbreaking big plays through the air. Kwiatkowski said before the season the goal is to hold the opponent to under 20 points every week, and so far they are 1 for 1. Texas finished the game with 4 sacks, but the defensive line was unable to get into the backfield as frequently as many expected heading into the game. Ovie Oghoufo had a big sack and looks to be the best edge rusher Texas currently has. The Longhorns will need more push up front as they progress throughout the season. DeMarvion Overshown and Luke Brockermeyer combined for 23 tackles. Both played well. Brockermeyer in particular was a pleasant surprise and Overshown was flying around the field. It was a quiet day for the DB's. Louisiana obviously had a game plan of wanting to control the ball and not ask Levi Lewis to take deep shots. The DB's for Texas had a good day of keeping everything in front of them and tackling, which has been in issue in past years. They will be tested more this upcoming week against Arkansas. One of the biggest moments of the game was Keondre Coburn blocking an extra point to keep it a 21-12 game and then BJ Foster recovering the ensuing surprise onside kick. Sarkisian mentioned after the game that special teams coordinator Jeff Banks had a feeling the onside kick might be coming and alerted Foster. All-around great coaching and execution.
    6 points
  31. I came away with a different feeling. I felt like our “base defense” did not pressure the QB consistently. I could be wrong - I didn’t chart it or anything... I do recall a sac from Jett Bush and one from the ND transfer (whose name I cannot spell) that were not the result of a blitz. And one when both our inside linebackers teamed up for a sac on a blitz. That said, I love having to nit-pick for critiques (unlike the previous decade). I feel we are well coached at last.
    6 points
  32. Game is kind of like our first SEC game now that conference switcheroo is here.
    6 points
  33. Wiltfong says we are trending for TE Jaleel Skinner.
    6 points
  34. 3-Time NCAA Champion Shaine Casas Will Transfer Out of Texas A&M For those who don't follow swimming much...this is HUGE, Shaine Casas is one of the best swimmers in the US right now! He was an SEC/NCAA champion in the 100/200 backstroke and the 200 IM and just missed being on the Olympic team this year by tenths of a second. He's the best swimmer in the SEC and aggy has no one on their roster who's even close to his talent level, they went from SEC contenders to pretenders. I have a very plausible theory on how Shaine came to this decision... Shaine competed at the Texas Senior Circuit Long Course Meet at a&m the week after the Olympic Trials, he swam the 100 free and 100 fly and set personal best and pool record times in both events. Since he was the top seed in both events Shaine swam in lane 4 for prelims and finals; the fastest swimmers swim in lane 4, second fastest in 5, 3rd in 3, 4th in 6, etc.. They were short on timers for the meet so, for the most part, there were a couple of lanes that had the same timer for the duration of the meet, lane 4 was one of those and the gentleman timing Shaine for each of his swims was a Longhorn...yes, I was that timer. I believe that while he was warming down after each event Shaine pondered what was different about his swims that day as opposed to all of the other meets he'd been in over the last year and that the one thing that stood out above anything else was the fact that he had the same timer for each event and that timer was a Longhorn and that his inspiration didn't come from his home natatorium or his teammates but from the Longhorn logo he glimpsed before he stepped up to the block. While I'm sure being coached by Eddie Reese and the chance at a national championship played at part I don't think that either were the driving force...I'm taking credit for this recruitment!!
    6 points
  35. Things I Find Interesting: Cade Brewer continues to start at TE: He has been a reliable blocker at tight end but has also shown glimpses of what he can do in the passing game. Jared Wiley, who might be a the bigger long-term play at TE, is listed as the backup but will surely receive his fair share of snaps. Andrej Karic misses out on starting O-Line spot: This isn't necessarily surprising by any means but the redshirt freshman showed promise at the end of last season. Of course, with Kerstetter back in the rotation, someone had to be relegated to second-string duties. Luke Brockermeyer starting at MLB: Brockermeyer's name has frequently appeared throughout the offseason as he has impressed the Texas coaching staff. It is just neat to see how far he has seemingly progressed during his time at Texas, from a joining the team as a walk-on to getting the starting nod to begin this season. Although it should be noted that Luke had Division 1 scholarship offers that he passed up on and might not be the typical walk-on player. Hudson Card starts at Holder: It is not uncommon to have a quarterback at holder on special teams, but it is uncommon to see a starting quarterback in this role. What do y'all think of the week 1 depth chart? There's obviously a lot to look at heading into this season!
    6 points
  36. I still think there should be 4 super conferences, self-governing. If someone breaks the rules established by the super conferences, you are out of the shared revenue for a specified amount of time: 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, whatever. Guilt or innocence to be determined by something similar to a court of law or judges. It has to be serious because we are dealing with serious money. Fraudulent reports, same penalty. It must be on up and up. Aggressive pranks cannot be tolerated. ie, it cannot go unregulated. It won’t go unregulated. Mark my words, in the world of super conferences, Norte Dame will not remain independent. Goodnight!
    6 points
  37. This is all for fun and games... This shit is not real life... But yes many days I do wake up and know it is a terrible f##king day. I work about 12 hours day with children who are in CPS care and most are girls who have had terrible things done to them so yeah most days are pretty f##king terrible... My hope everyday I can make their day just a little less awful
    5 points
  38. Hi folks! First time caller, long time listener. UT 52 Rice 7. Rice scores on a trick play involving the MOB.
    5 points
  39. in 1966 Texas had the most highly touted Soph QB maybe ever. The Kid was on the cover of SI before he had ever played a DOWN. Texas goes 6-4 with him and all that talent..In 1967 he goes 6-4 in 1968 he starts out loss to TT and tie U of H. DKR makes a change and puts in James Street. Street never lost a game. Texas goes on to win 30 in a row. Sometimes the most talented guy is not the best option.
    5 points
  40. There is no good formation when defenders make it into your backfield unmolested.
    5 points
  41. we are on the path to we suck until we dont. today was a great first step forward. our offense did a great job and i loved seeing our defense in the back field. i think the D needs to still step up a notch more but this was a good first step.
    5 points
  42. Things I’ve noticed: Playcalling is really good. So much so that I noticed! That is amazing. Players seem ready, but relaxed, not overhyped. Confident. Receivers are more sure handed, even the Freshmen. Seem to run better routes. #5 is as advertised. Maybe better than advertised. I like #47. If you haven’t noticed him, just find the ball, and he will be there. J Whit, I like his style. Stay healthy, J. I like Worthy, and I love it that Sark isn’t afraid to play Freshmen. Hey 2022, c’mon down! Card has a high football IQ and good instincts to go with a great arm. He doesn’t panic. Love that. Please feel free to disagree, or whatever. I am liking the looks of our team. Hook ‘em!
    5 points
  43. 34 seems to be a common score for the good guys. Causey took my original prediction so I'll drink a little more koolaid and go with 3 scores by Bijan, 2 Td's by Hud, and 1 defensive score all follow an early fg for a 45-10 Horns win.
    5 points
  44. I don’t think there is any doubt that Jeff Fisher is a jerk.
    5 points
  45. Thanks for keeping my name out of it
    5 points
  46. Case was one night in College Station. Major was that way every day of his career. IMO, Major and Case simply don't compare. Major was one of the best QBs we've had. Case wasn't.. But for one night he truly was a warrior and brought home the victory with some very gutsy play. I wondered then if he would get up after a couple of those plays there late. But he did. Colorado was spotted a phenomenal halftime lead when Chris Simms showed up in a funk. Applewhite almost overcame that in the 2nd half and could have with a little more defensive help. Ahhh, those were the days. . .
    5 points

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