Oklahoma State Game Report Cards

IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in Texas' 38-35 win over Oklahoma State.

Thirty eight points and over 500 total yards on the road for the Longhorn offense should be considered a quality effort until you realize that once again a huge chunk of that production came in the final quarter of the game. Three interceptions, a couple of dropped passes, and several costly missed assignments/penalties kept the offense from scoring chances during most of the first three quarters. We stayed with the ground game in the fourth quarter despite a three TD lead and it paid big dividends during our rally. I hope both of those Cowboy defenders didn't break both their ankles when JC disjointed their bodies with his moves but once again he was on a mission. Here are the grades:

Offensive Report Card

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:

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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