Kansas State Game Report Cards

IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in Texas' 41-21 loss to Kansas State.

We weren't a very good offensive team against KSU mainly because of busted assignments and bad decisions in the passing game. The running game failed to produce quality yardage numbers but scored twice in the red zone. The passing game was filled with a barrage of nickel and dime passes that produced a high number of tips due to the flat release of the ball. We had four of these throws picked off and they led to KSU points. Our offensive line busted six pass blocking assignments and three of these went as interceptions. When you combine the offensive mental mistakes with the kick coverage mistakes it's a given that we beat ourselves more than KSU did----but KSU did outplay us in every aspect. Here are the grades:

Offensive Report Card

The KSU offense didn't push our defense around but with a two TE set they effectively neutralized our strength (DL) with double teams at quality play locations. Without our penetration and free flying wheeling and dealing edge players their offense prevented any turnovers while maintaining maximum pass protection schemes. We didn't help our cause with missed tackles, poor angles, and a repeat non coverage against Jordy Nelson that helped get Ohio State's Gonzales draft status raised last year. While the defensive grades may seem high they don't include special teams play like kickoffs and punt coverage which would be a flat "F" across the board for selective members of both groups. Here are the grades:

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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