Baylor Game Report Cards

IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in the 63-31 win over Baylor.

We scored seven offensive td's against a decent defense in a game filled with some brilliant efforts by our receivers, a new record of td passes by a freshman QB, and the first night our Oline found difficulty dominating the defensive front. Our receivers scored six td's with three bordering on the spectactular adjective. Our QB threw six td passes that included two that featured great runs after the catch and another that saved the QB from a third interception--one which counted, one which was eliminated by a penalty, and a great steal saved the third. The Oline finally played an opponent that we couldn't finish our blocks against---it might have helped that they knew we would only run zone, counter, or stretch and completely ignored any threat of misdirection. We gave up multiple sacks because our QB left the pocket protection without any real pressure for the first time this year. Here are the grades:

Offensive Report Cards

The defense didn't have a crisp game and allowed the Bears to score thirty one points in a game filled with missed tackles, busted assignments, and Baylor turnovers. The Horns' defense recovered four fumbles and intercepted a pass while scoring two td's and setting up another on the plus seven yard line but had too many bad plays to rate this a quality defensive effort. Thirty one points in a game for first place in our division can't be sugar-coated regardless of how many turnovers are made---here are the grades.

Defensive Report Cards

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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