Oklahoma Game Report Cards

IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in Texas' 28-21 loss to Oklahoma.

We played pretty well on offense and it was especially nice to see a few new wrinkles help score three times but we fumbled away the chance for a fourth td. We threw for over 300 yards and two td's and utilized our running threat at QB for four nice gains in a brief appearance but delays, sacks, and one pick marred the total output for the position. The RB's had tough sledding mainly because our blocking schemes didn't always find a body on OU's active LB's. The TE position produced quality plus---the WR's made a few quality snags but one drop and inconsistent downfield blocking lowered their contribution. The OLine played much better than last week and we had some that are starting to step forward as the season progresses. Here are the grades:

Offensive Report Card

Two blown coverages and too many missed tackles overshadowed a great defensive effort by the Horns on a steamy afternoon in the Cotton Bowl. We had nine players align at the four down positions and every single one of them played very well. We still have major problems with the starters in our LB'ing group with contain, angles, pass coverages, and too many missed tackles. The secondary didn't play very well and it's to late in the season to keep blaming inexperience for missed tackles and blown coverages. There is no doubt we played hard but we weren't able to create any turnovers to help offset our mistakes. 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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