Iowa State Game Report Cards

IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in the 37-14 win over Iowa State.

The offensive plan seems to take the same pattern each week--run the base offense early and let the six dominators manhandle the opposition's front while the skill weapons slice and dice down the football field. We run the zone and counter off of it until they bleed while our RB's carve big gains and pad DB's tackle totals. We frustrate pass rushing efforts with rock solid protection and our receivers catch, evade, and eat up those white lines with athletic speed and ability. The bottom line is we can block, run, and catch better than our opponents can play defense if we give our bunch a level playing field---we will need to add more zip in the future but our base was more than Iowa State could fade yesterday.

Offensive Report Card

The defensive plan was to make Iowa State to beat us throwing the ball--coach Chizik devised a plan to attack with penetration from our DL and scrape at least one delayed LB at their QB to further pressure on Meyer. This left our DB's without much underneath help in our zones but created more problems than their QB could handle. The plan was to make Meyer run for his life and on most occasions the plan worked to perfection--we gave up a few passes but stymied their ground attack and forced Meyer into a disgusted mess by the time the weather storm hit--the Longhorn storm hit three full quarters before the weather storm.

Defensive Report Card

The Coaches Corner is available exclusively to InsideTexas.com subscribers. The forum is a place to ask questions of our resident coaches and talk about Xs and Os, schemes, gameplans, offensive and defensive theories, etc. Basically, it is a teaching and learning forum to make us all more knowledgable football fans, both in general and specifically about the Longhorn football team. Venable spent 30 years as the DC and LB coach at five Texas high schools (Lancaster, Duncanville, Pasadena Sam Rayburn, Carrollton Turner, and The Colony) before retiring in 2000. Four of his former players played at UT (Mike Williams, Steve Massey, Jimmy Johnson, and Doug Livingston) and around twenty are currently coaching in Texas high schools.

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