Texas Tech Game Report Cards

IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in Texas' win over Texas Tech.

It wasn't a letter perfect performance by the Longhorn offense but the bottom line is we made a ton of plays against an inferior defense. The OLine had to make some personnel adjustments due to yet another injury to our most experienced tackle and battled through a series of defensive adjustments but our skill players made the transition easier with outstanding individual efforts. Here are the grades:

Offensive Report Card

The good news is we stopped the Tech ground game. The bad news is we only had four QBH's and one single sack. We did get one interception late but totaled only three PBU's. We reduced the number of missed tackles and raised our percentage of open field tackles (OFT's). We spent most of the game with our 4-3 base defense making adjustments to the Tech spread formations. We had plenty of experience in our back seven with mostly fourth and fifth year guys at every position but once again proved that either we can't execute basic zone fundamentals or we can't teach a dependable zone. The problem can't be blamed on youth. The angles taken by the LB's and safeties border on brutal and two of the three corners had bad blown coverages. 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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