Texas QB Casey Thompson did what many didn't think he was capable of - torching a defense with the deep ball and leading the offense to monumental production. Everyone knew he could be a game manager with Bijan Robinson leading the way, but he took over as the #1 option offensively against the Sooners. This was Thompson's biggest test yet and he responded in a big way, finishing with 5 touchdowns and 388 yards passing. That’s about as good as it gets for a quarterback in any game, let alone in a Texas-Oklahoma rivalry game. The offense sputtered in the second half, but there you cannot blame the loss on the offense. If 48 points isn’t enough to win a football game, then there are larger issues at-hand. Texas blew a three touchdown lead, but there is no question that they have found their answer at quarterback.
The lack of pass rush continues to be something that stands out each week. After Lincoln Riley benched Spencer Rattler, the Longhorns had a chance to bury Oklahoma when freshman Caleb Williams entered the game. The Texas pass rush couldn’t find consistency and Williams made them pay. I wish there was a better answer for how to improve the pass rush, but I noticed that Alfred Collins seems to be more disruptive than his counterparts. I’m not sure why he isn’t starting on the defensive line, but he needs to be on the field more so than not
The ugly is pretty simple for me this week - it’s the rushing defense or lack thereof. Even when Texas had complete control of the game the rushing defense was an issue. Overall Oklahoma ran for over 300 yards and over 8 yards per carry. That’s simply inexcusable and it’s following a bad pattern of Texas struggling against the run. We saw this in Fayetteville earlier in the season and it may have been even worse in Dallas given the circumstances. If Texas doesn’t learn how to stop the run and control their gaps, it will take 40+ points to win just about every game the rest of the way. Oklahoma State has been a very good rushing team and Texas will be tested again this Saturday at home. It was a very disappointing loss for Texas, but the big picture is that Steve Sarkisian looks to have the offensive side of things figured out.