Inside Texas Blog: What will Davis do next?

UT has mixed it up on O the last two weeks, but what does it mean for OU, asks IT's Clendon Ross.

Greg Davis, mad scientist? Well, not exactly, but I do find it interesting the variance of the formations and run/pass play calling in the opening two drives of the Rice and Iowa State games. The result of all four drives were Texas touchdowns, but the scores came about in very different manners. Here's how Greg Davis called it:

Rice

1st offensive play from scrimmage: two wide receiver, two tight ends, one running back, McCoy in the shotgun; McCoy rush for 7 yards
2nd play: two wides, two tights, one back, shotgun; Selvin Young rush for 6 yards
3rd play: two wides, two tights, one back, shotgun; Selvin rush for 11 yards
4th play: two wides, two tights, one back, shotgun; Selvin rush for 21 yards
5th play: two wides, two tights, one back, shotgun; Jamaal Charles rush for 10 yards
6th play: two wides, two tights, one back, shotgun; Charles rush for 11 yards
7th play: two wides, two tights, one back, shotgun; Selvin TD rush for 4 yards
8th play (start of second series): two wides, two tights, one back, shotgun; McCoy pass to Jermichael Finley for 21 yards
9th play: two wides, two tights, one back, shotgun; McCoy rush for 2 yards
10th play: two wides, two tights, one back, shotgun; Charles rush for 2 yards
11th play: three wides, one tight, one back, shotgun; Selvin rush for 7 yards
12th play: three wides, one tight, one back, shotgun; McCoy pass to Billy Pittman for 12 yards
13th play: three wides, one tight, one back, shotgun; Charles TD rush for 20 yards

Total plays: 13
Running plays: 11
Passing plays: 2
Two wide, two tight end formations: 10
Three wide, one tight end formations: 3
McCoy in the 'gun: 13
Result: 2 TDs, 134 yards offense
Run/pass breakdown for the game: 43 rushes, 11 passes

Iowa State

1st offensive play from scrimmage: five wides (same personnel as three wide, one tight but with Neale Tweedie and Selvin Young split wide), empty backfield, McCoy in the shotgun; McCoy pass to Selvin Young for 17 yards
2nd play: three wides, one tight, one back, shotgun; Selvin rush for 3 yards
3rd play: three wides, one tight, one back, shotgun; McCoy pass to Pittman for 18 yards
4th play: three wides, one tight, one back, shotgun; Charles TD rush for 5 yards
5th play (start of second series): two wides, two tights, one back, shotgun; Quan Cosby pass to Limas Sweed for 34 yards
6th play: two wides, two tights, one back, shotgun; McCoy pass to Sweed for 17 yards
7th play: jumbo set; Selvin TD rush for 1 yard

Total plays: 7
Running plays: 3
Passing plays: 4 (including an end-around pass)
Two wide, two tight end formations: 2
Three wide, one tight end formations: 3
Five wide: 1
Jumbo: 1
McCoy in the 'gun: 6
Result: 2 TDs, 95 yards offense
Run/pass breakdown for the game: 40 rushes, 24 passes

So, what does that all mean for this week vs. Sam Houston, or, more importantly, 10 days from now in Dallas? Probably nothing this week, since Texas will be engaged in nothing but a glorified scrimmage this Saturday. And who knows for Oct. 7... it appears that the Horns' offensive identity is still in flux.

Davis said this week that he'd like to see McCoy under center more than in the first four weeks of the season (when it's been very rare) and that he may use the short-yardage package more, but what he'll do against the Sooners is uncertain. Perhaps that's part of the intent the last two weeks; the OU coaches are probably scratching their heads as well about what they'll see when the Texas offense takes the field for the first couple of times in the Cotton Bowl. A safe bet based on history: the offensive gameplan will be designed to be, well, safe, minimizing possible mistakes. The real surprise at the State Fair grounds will be if the Horns look more like the offense from either of the last two weeks than the one from Sept. 9 against the Buckeyes.

What do you think?

Inside Texas Blog Archive

Horns Digest Top Stories