Iowa State Game Report Cards

IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in Texas' 56-3 win over Iowa State.

The football certainly didn't weigh much while the offensive starters were in the game against ISU. Instead of the normal shotgun formation and the general ground game feeling out period, we utilized the empty backfield five receiver alignment and torched the ISU secondary with precision. The ground game finally kicked into gear when we decided to balance the attack. The offensive line provided very sound protection and Colt was on target as he threw for almost 300 yards and four TD's. Here are the grades:

Offensive Report Card

ISU managed two early drives that ended in two field goal attempts before the Horn defense settled into a steady pattern of dominating the line of scrimmage. The DL very seldom lost a single battle as they blasted their way into disrupting penetration but it was the tremendous pursuit that was eye-catching as they destroyed everything that was warm and still breathing on their way to the ball. The secondary played more aggressive in both phases of the game and the results were fewer missed tackles and two interceptions including one for six points. The LB's were again inconsistent but the one bright spot was the big hits applied by the younger group. My first grade today is the tv coverage by the FSN network and it is a flat F.

They missed a few plays altogether, had over twenty plays where they left their worthless graphics on the screen until after the play was started, and determined that screaming crowd shots were more important than the alignments. The final straw was giving us one look at the ball being snapped off the grass and keeping it on the grass while the play continued. Here are the defensive 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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