Thoughts on the Red River Shootout

Let me preface this post by referring the gentle reader to 2 truly magnificent summaries of the events that transpired last Saturday afternoon in Dallas:

“2009 Oklahoma Sooners Post-Mortem”

“The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Texas 16, Oklahoma 13″

Go check them out, but here are the thoughts of a random UT alum/fan watching the game from the comfort of his home in Houston:

  • Due to a Saturday morning family tradition (grocery shopping), I missed most of the first half.  No worries I taped the game and after watching the first half, I’m kind of glad I didn’t watch it live because I  easily avoided shaving 2 to 3 years off of my life.
  • I know that Texas’ offensive coordinator Greg Davis’ play-calling is well, offensive but seriously speaking is it not obvious that his spontaneous flashes of “brilliance” (running the Wildhorn after repeatedly punching the OU D in the mouth) have the great potential to cost his team a shot at the National title?
  • Before the season is out, will we see Will Muschamp go Buddy Ryan on the strangely Kevin Gilbride-like Greg Davis?
  • Stay classy OU player.  Defensive lineman Jeremy Beal’s bush league attempts to hurt Colt McCoy at the end of the game seem to be what a Bob Stoops-led team is about.
  • Speaking of Stoops, here is a sobering thought:  Bob Stoops has 6 conference titles, Mack Brown only has one.  Hopefully Mack adds to his grand total this season.
  • Earl Thomas, consider yourself “absolved” of what happened last year in Lubbock.  Led the Horns in tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 1 forced fumble, and if not for a meddling teammate, should have scored recovering the fumble he forced.   How clutch is Texas’ safety Earl Thomas?  Like the guy occupying the bottom half of this pic, he leaves it all on the field [Thomas' photo credit: Rodolfo Gonzalez/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]Fire

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Colt McCoy: SI Cover Boy

Here it is:

Peter Read Miller / SI

You can read the well-written accompanying piece here.

Hook ‘em Horns!

Colt McCoy has Tebow’s Back

AP


“I thank God for this opportunity…”


Those were Texas QB Colt McCoy’s (above) words before a national audience after leading his team to victory against rival Oklahoma.

Given the other worldly burden placed on Tim Tebow’s broad shoulders, perhaps Colt can help carry the burden in Simonesque fashion.

While an exhaustive and expert post-game report is sure to follow from the good folks over at Burnt Orange Nation, these are the thoughts of a random UT alum/fan watching this instant classic from the comfort of his home in Houston:

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Texas 45, Oklahoma 35

In the words of Willie Joe Namath,”Yeeeaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!”

What better way to mark this than the OU crying kid:

More to come later…

Dr. Peter Venkman Haunts the 40 Acres

“Call it fate, call it luck, call it Karma, I believe everything happens for a reason.” — Dr. Peter Venkman

Yeah, I know that the UT-Arkansas game was a couple of weeks ago, but we’ve been behind with the posting.

That’s actor Bill Murray in Texas coach Mack Brown’s office (must have been hot in there). Dr. Venkman was in Austin that weekend for a film festival (Spike and Mike’s?). Read full story at the Wiz.

Maybe, the affable Murray chased out recent past Red River Rivalry ghosts:

  1. Quentin Griffin’s 6 TDs (2000)
  2. Roy Williams blasting Phil’s Son (2001)
  3. OU’s largest margin of victory against UT (2003)
  4. The shutout (2004)
  5. Jamaal Charles’ fumble at the 5-yard-line (2007)

Texas beats Nebraska, again

When I was a student at THE University of Texas, the Nebraska Cornhuskers were a perennial college football powerhouse. When the Big XII conference formed prior to the 1996 season, us Longhorn fans dreaded the yearly drubbings the Huskers were going to lay on our school’s team.

Well as it happened, UT faced the Huskers in the inaugural Big XII championship and well the ‘Horns triumphed though they were huge underdogs. Since then, the ‘Horns have gone 7-1 (including Saturday’s win) against the Huskers and as it stands now, Texas is the better program.

Saturday’s win over the Huskers, I think, masks the deficiencies of this Texas team. Well I should say deficiency: the frightful playcalling of offensive (that it is) coordinator Greg Davis.

For 3 quarters the UT offense looked inept against a bad Nebraska defense. QB Colt McCoy took his usual pounding and had to come out of for one play. That one play changed the game around for the ‘Horns as dual-threat freshman QB John Chiles came in and though he didn’t carry the ball, the threat of him doing so, freed up struggling running back Jamaal Charles (below) to pick up 25 yards on the play.
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The game turned on that one play. How? Well after that play, the aforementioned Charles torched the porous Husker run defense on touchdown runs of 25, 86, and 40 yards. (For in-depth analysis click here and here.)

Though Nebraska’s run defense is pretty bad this is the kind of performance us UT fans envisioned for Charles after his spectacular 80-yd touchdown against the Sooners his freshman year.

I would say that Jamaal teased us all with the speed (he’s got Olympic sprinter speed) he showed on that one play, and has a done a better job of building a career on one play than any other ‘Horn in recent memory (well anyone not named Beau Trahan, remember that fake field goal?).

OU Relegates UT to Big 12 Cellar with Clutch Performance

Though Texas did lose against the Sooners today, I must say that they put up a better fight than I thought they would.

If only Texas coach Mack Brown (below) would drop a “The Sooners were who we thought they were… And we let them off the hook…” line at the postgame press conference…

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I feel your pain Mack…

Nevertheless, OU beat Texas 28-21 in today’s Red River Rivalry (used to be Shootout but I guess that’s not politically correct anymore).

As a UT fan/alum I’ve come to the realization that this year might be a down year in Austin. Being a student during the tail end of the Mackovic era, I’ll take 10, 9 or even 8 win seasons as down years. I suppose this shows how far Coach Brown has brought this program.

Some thoughts from the game:

  • Bob Griese is not the best color analyst but his “Texas is tight ending Oklahoma to death” line was very colorful
  • Texas RB Jamaal Charles is not being utilized in a way which takes advantage of his blazing speed and inability to hold on to the ball in crucial situations
  • Mack Brown needs to pick Urban Meyer’s brain on how to use 2 talented quarterbacks in an efficient and productive manner
  • Newsflash: Texas’ Linebackers got abused today by the Sooners
  • Texas tight end Jermichael Finley is a beast and will play on Sundays
  • Missing: Limas Sweed
  • At some point Texas Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis is going to have to be held accountable for his atrocious play-calling
  • After this game, Texas might be unranked for the first time in a long time
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