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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Leaving Ames

Mitch Lovell
Mitch Lovell

The Good

It is difficult to find good in a dismal 30-7 loss in which the Longhorns blew another second half lead. Since I’m obliged to offer something on this, I'll acquiesce and say that the first half defense was good. Pete Kwiatkowski's unit held Iowa State to just 3 points in the first half which was impressive. They did all they could to keep the offense on the field, but much like the Arkansas game, the offense just couldn’t hold up their end of the bargain and the defense eventually wore out. Kwiatkowski deserves credit for the defensive game plan - it was better than it has been previous weeks.

The Bad

The run defense continues to be a major issue. We saw that Saturday night on Breece Hall’s long touchdown run to open the second half. Hall finished the game with 136 yards and over 7 yards a carry. This is a trend we’ve seen all season.  The Longhorns struggle to stop the run for the duration of an entire game. Younger players such as Byron Murphy and Alfred Collins have seen more playing time and that is something I think we continue to see moving forward. If the veteran players are struggling, it makes sense to give the younger guys more snaps.

The Ugly

The passing offense was atrocious in Ames. Thompson was pulled early after completing 2/6 passes with several bad misses, one of which was bounced to Marcus Washington that would have been a certain first down. I’m not sure if his thumb is still bothering him but regardless he simply didn’t have it that night and Steve Sarkisian made the right call to give Hudson Card a chance. It didn't matter because neither was able to get the offense going. Card and Thompson combined on the night for 16/30 for 103 yards passing and one touchdown. Thompson was bad in this outing but Card wasn’t much better.  He missed a wide open Xavier Worthy that would have gone for a touchdown. Card is still young and the loss wasn't square on his shoulders. We need to see what both guys could accomplish behind a competent offensive line. Sarkisian is looking at a complete o-line rebuild this off-season, or close to it.  If he isn't able to get guys from the transfer portal, Texas could be looking at a similar season next year regardless of who is under center.

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