Well, G man and company did their stuff in Longhorn country. He threw for over 200 yards and 4 touchdowns. He had a little help in the backfield with Andrew Buie rushing for over 200 yards. And unstoppable T. Austin over 200 all purpose yardage. I am from the old school and still believe defense wins games. I have heard different stories why the Texas defense may be having problems. For tackling, it was due to the changes in the rules. Players are reluctant to tackle from behind because of the horseshoe rule. They are also concerned with tackling up high to avoid head to head contact. I think the solution is real easy, teach them to hit below the waist especially around the knees. If you do that it will definitely bring the offender down. I also heard the offenses are ahead of the defense due to seven on seven. That, I can kind of believe seven on seven has develop passers and receivers due to continued practice of pass accuracy. But, I blame Texas defense problems on Defensive Coordinator, Manny Diaz. He is not getting the job done with this young talented group. His schemes need to be adjusted because the players are not playing well in it. They pretty much takes the players out of the game by design.
I wish the defensive players could follow in Jeffcoat’s footsteps. He had four tackles, a fumble recovery which lead to a touchdown. As, well a Okafor which had forced fumbles and two sacks. I must say the front line is playing fairly well along with Chris Whaley and Malcom Brown. It is apparent the linebackers are missing Hicks, which may be out all year. Senior safety K. Vaccaro has to tackle and fight off blockers better. I like his leadership verbally but he needs to bring more to the field on game day. Overall, defense didn’t play totally bad. Passing defense not bad but most fix run defense. I think simple solution drop stunts and go to basic run stop defense.
In the fourth quarter over head snapped ball which led to a long field goal try. That missed try could have tied up the game. I am really not sure what happen. I understand Ash took the blame. but, needless to say I still wonder why no timeout was called. This is still a young team and in that situation with all the confusion. I would have called timeout to regroup. Joe B. scored over three touchdowns but yardage was down. Freshmen J . Gray is coming in to his all. Playing well for the absence of Malcolm B. No magic Davis in this game pretty much shut down all day.
The decisions on special team may have cost them the win. I would have never kicked the ball too T. Austin, he is a bad dude. I don’t understand what happen to the end zone kickoff which were happen at the start of the season. I am really concern with the field goal kicking woes. This is not like Texas. They have always had a kicker in the last few years being able to nail the big one to win the game.
This game was lose due to poor coaching decisions, especially with time-out management. The got out coached defensively for failing to prepare for West Virginia’s running game. And poor special teams play, mainly kicking to one of the most explosives players in the country in T. Austin
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Written by Don Greene