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The Good, Bad & Ugly Following a Disappointing Loss To Oklahoma State

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Mitch Lovell
Mitch Lovell

The Good

The consistency for Texas week-in and week-out is Bijan Robinson. Robinson totaled 173 yards on 24 touches and that wasn’t enough on Saturday. Over 7 yards a touch on 24 touches is still not good enough to beat a good but not great team in Oklahoma State. Bijan did his part but nobody else could hold up their end of the bargain. Texas is lucky to have a talent like Robinson and without him their win-loss record likely would be worse than it is.  I’ll get to more of that in just a second...

The Bad

The passing offense on Saturday was abysmal and there’s no other way to put it. And for all the chatter about giving Hudson Card a shot, we’ve seen he can’t do it behind the atrocious offensive line. Card is a QB who needs on-schedule plays and we've seen that this offensive line isn’t going to have many plays where a defensive lineman isn't running free at the quarterback. Thompson had moments where he looked good since taking the reins, specifically the 5 touchdowns and no turnovers in the Oklahoma game. He suffered a thumb injury in the Cotton Bowl and that seemed to cause issues last Saturday against the Cowboys. Texas had a 17-3 lead and Thompson's pick-6 in the redzone shifted the momentum of the game.  He also dropped multiple snaps and wasn’t stepping into his throws. He got hit hard on a play and even missed a snap.  He was struggling at this point and the offense could have used a spark. Card came in for one play but it would have been worth seeing if he could provide a spark by letting him finish that drive. Texas can’t afford to leave an injured quarterback in the game, especially with a capable backup in Card.

The Ugly

The second half collapse and inability to stop the run is the ugly for the second week in a row. The Longhorns got out of the gate fast and jumped to a 17-3 lead only to beat themselves again. Yet, they still led 17-13 at halftime and after a Bijan Robinson TD in the third quarter, they led 24-13 with 11:43 left in the third quarter. Texas didn’t score again in the game. The defense played solid compared to the Cotton Bowl but still had challenges against the Pokes' ground game. Oklahoma State RB Jaylen Warren rushed for 121 yards in the fourth quarter alone. The defense was on the field a lot in the second half and held as long as they were able to. The offense isn’t escaping the blame this time as Texas had ONE yard in the fourth quarter. The fast starts and slow painful demise in the second half is something Sark and company need to figure out over the bye week.




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