Following their losses to Oklahoma State and Nebraska, many people who follow the team felt that the Tigers could have won at least one of the two. Now the team finds themselves in the middle of a three game losing streak with no real explanation for their lack of execution.
"We had a lot of missed tackles, a few missed assignments, we lost leverage, and we had some communication errors," head coach Gary Pinkel said. "Why that happened, I don't know."
"Execution is about when on a particular play, on offense or defense, everyone gets their job done. That's what we've been very inconsistent with," Pinkel said.
The Tigers now find themselves in a severe uphill battle if they want to reach their preseason goal of Big XII North champions.
"It's just the truth; we're running out of time," Pinkel said. "We still have a lot of opportunities out there, but a sense of urgency obviously is in sight."
After the game, many defensive players blamed a lack of communication as the reason for their struggles against the high-powered Texas offense. Pinkel echoed that sentiment on Monday.
"We haven't had a problem at all this year with any kind of communication. It's a lack of focus, it's a lack of concentration," Pinkel said. One of the positives that can be taken from the 34-point loss to Texas was the success of the running game against the best rush defense in the FBS. The Tigers rushed for 101 yards (not including Gabbert sacks) against a defense that was allowing less than 35 yards per game on the ground.
"They (Texas) are a very difficult team to score against," Pinkel said. "It was kind of a running back by committee and I think all three of them did some good things. That certainly was a positive out of the game and hopefully we can carry some of those things over."
The next game on the schedule for the Tigers is a road contest against the Colorado Buffaloes. Kick off is scheduled for 12:30 CDT.
"Every single game seems to be important now," Pinkel said. "It is what it is. We are still in the race, but there cannot be another mistake. We understand that."
INJURY UPDATE: Luke Lambert is considered doubtful for the upcoming game against Colorado because of a separated shoulder, but Pinkel said that Lambert has to make a choice between having surgery now or playing through it and having surgery at the end of the year. Munir Prince has already been ruled out for the game against Colorado.