Kansas State Game Report Cards

IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in the 45-42 loss to Kansas State.

We crisply took the opening drive eigthy yards for seven points but lost our QB in the process. From that point on it was a combination of good mixed with bad but we still scored forty two points which should win you a game. We missed some blocks, had two costly fumbles, and dropped a few passses that made this performance appear worse than it really played out. Inexperience at QB cost us two sacks and we missed some open receivers but Snead didn't turn the ball over and played well considering how little he has played this year. The kicking game supplied the offense with two turnovers inside the ten that certainly helped but we still had about 400 total yards in scoring forty two points.

Offensive Report Card

We still have major problems with the team aspect of the defensive unit as we gave up forty five points in another very uneven performance. We are built to stop the run but don't appear qualified to adjust when opponents ignore the run and attack us with play action passes. Before we throw all the blame on the secondary we need to examine all the particulars involved in team pass defense. Starting with the pass rush we applied some major pressure and hits after the throw to go along with two sacks. That sounds terrific until we get to the second aspect of pass defense which is underneath coverage.

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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