The Longhorn defense was on the field for eighty seven plays against the Cowboys and gave up almost 600 yards. We did have one turnover but the number of missed tackles and blown coverages were enough to make a full season's worth of blunders. We definitely won the interior battle of the LOS but appeared clueless that contain is still a necessary fundamental to stopping a ground game. We still think attacking with more blitzes is the answer when opponents schemes make us appear unprepared but the jury is still out on how to actually recognize what secondary coverage we are attempting to run against the pass. I'm pretty sure the zones I've seen in high school regard the TE as an eligible receiver and demand a defender be at least as deep as any receiver in their zone but evidently I'm learning something new from coach Akina. I can't describe it yet but perhaps the Tech game will shed more light. Here are the grades:
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