Post Game Thoughts | Texas vs. OU
– Darius Terrell
TFB NOTE: We’d like to welcome our newest contributor, Darius Terrell. Most of you will be familiar with Darius. He was a 4-star wide receiver prospect out of Desoto who signed with Texas as part of the 2010 class. He played two years at Texas under coach Mack Brown before transferring to North Texas where he finished out his career and graduated. Since then, Darius has been teaching and coaching in the DFW area.
*** The 113th annual Red River Showdown (or Shootout/Rivalry, whichever you prefer) is here. Texas-OU is an experience like no other. The Cotton Bowl Classic is one of the best rivalries in all of sports, but it is truly a special experience when both teams ranked and considered to be good.
*** Oklahoma’s Marquise “Hollywood” Brown may be the most explosive player in college football. On the second play of the game, 5-Star FreshmanSafety Caden Sterns got a quick glimpse of that speed and a lesson on taking angles in space, on a 16- yard gain by Brown.
*** Oklahoma made the first drive versus the Texas Defense look effortless, as they’ve done to every other defense they’ve faced this season. Todd Orlando and the Texas Defense did a great job making adjustments. After some missed tackles early, the open field tackling improved vastly as the 1sthalf wore on.
*** It was imperative that Texas win the turnover battle today if they were to have any chance to stay in this ballgame. Mission accomplished after 2 quarters as they hold a 1-0 lead in the turnover battle at the half, thanks to a poor decision by Kyler Murray that led to an easy interception for Brandon Jones, who has had an excellent Junior season to this point.
*** Someone made a tremendous play call on the Pop Pass out of the Wildcat Formation. Texas has done NOTHING but run with Lil’ Jordan Humphrey out of this look this season, prior to that score. They caught the Sooner Defense completely off guard. Great job.
*** I thought that Kris Boyd played a very solid 1st Half. He had two big plays early in the first quarter: Breaking up what would have been a big play by jarring the ball loose from an OU TE on the first drive and did something not many people can say they’ve done, got a flush shot in on Hollywood Brown for a TFL.
*** You want to score touchdowns against this Oklahoma offense and not have to settle for Field Goals, but Texas will gladly take a 10-7 lead after the first two possessions for each team.
*** BJ Foster, another 5-Star Freshman safety from that class, was a demon on 3rd Downs today, coming up with 2 TFLs, a pass breakup, and a sack of Kyler Murray. He’s going to be a special player before he leaves the 40 Acres.
*** A nice catch by Andrew Beck sets Texas up for their first 4th down conversion of the game, which they convert a 4th and 1 on a 3-yard swing pass to Grad Transfer RB Tre Watson. This was followed by yet another tremendous play call, for the second Texas touchdown of the game. Texas utilized RB Tre Watson’s receiving ability, as he won on a one-on-one wheel route out of the backfield against OU Linebacker Mark Jackson, Jr. to put the Horns up 17-10 early in the 2nd Quarter.
*** Back-to-back sacks by Senior Defensive End Charles Omenihu absolutely disrupted the following OU drive and forced the game’s first punt. Omenihu has finally developed into his 6’7 frame and started to put it all together in his final season.
*** Senior LB Gary Johnson seemed surprisingly quiet in this game today.
*** Texas’ Offensive Line is started to impose their will a little bit on the OU Defensive front in the 2nd Quarter. Redshirt Freshman RT Samuel Cosmi isparticularly impressive, his entire second drive in the 2nd quarter could be put on an OL teaching tape. Freshman RB Keaontay Ingram also made a tremendous block on the first Sam Ehlinger TD run.
*** Speaking of Keaontay Ingram, the Freshman from (B)East Texas looks to be the most explosive back that Texas has had on its roster since Jamaal Charles left campus over a decade ago. He appears to be getting healthier than he has been in the past few weeks, showing tremendous burst on a 31-yard run to get the 2nd Half started.
*** Lil’Jordan Humphrey is a stud and so is Collin Johnson. Texas has two of the biggest matchup nightmares in the country in their 6’5+ WRs. This offense can be explosive if these guys continue to be utilized early and often and that was on full display today. Humphrey finished with 9 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. Johnson would contribute 6 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown.
*** What a huge break Texas got with Kyler Murray deciding to try to use the football to execute a pivot, which resulted in a non-forced fumble that Breckyn Hager in the historic #60 was able to recover for the Longhorns. 2-0 Texas in the turnover battle today
*** A slight pick route out of a Quads Formation led to PJ Locke being left one-on-one with Hollywood Brown in coverage, which led to a 77-yard touchdown for Oklahoma. Have to avoid putting Locke in that situation.
*** The Texas Offensive Line kicked ass all day today. Sam Ehlinger has had plenty of time to throw and push had consistently been made at the LOS in the Running Game. Things got out of rhythm in the 4th quarter, but to their credit were able to put together a methodical, well executed final drive to put themselves into field goal range and in a position to win the football game.
*** Texas scored 3 touchdowns in the 3rd Quarter. Wow. It cannot be overstated how outstanding of a job the Texas Offensive Line has done. OL Coach Herb Hand was a home-run hire in the offseason and deserves a ton a credit for the job that he has done with this group.
*** The Defensive Pass Interference call on Tre Norwood was huge. But it doesn’t happen without Texas being aggressive with their 6’6 mismatch in Collin Johnson.
*** That TD run by Kyler Murray sure felt like a backbreaker, even though Texas still holds a 7-point lead on the scoreboard. Anyone that follows football in Texas is familiar with the magic that has seemed to surround Kyler Murray on the football field. But it was the Texas Offense that would ensure that Murray would not get the opportunity to pull off the unthinkable.
*** Hats off to Sam Ehlinger. He has set the school record for consecutive pass attempts without an interception. He was physical as a runner, he took shots down the field, yet was protective of the football. Sam Ehlinger is playing the best football that Texas has seen at the QB position since Colt McCoy in 2009. He is officially the guy.
*** “Dicker the Kicker” made the first tackle of the game on the opening kickoff and made the game-winner to move his team to 5-1 and into pole position in the Big XII Standings. That was a cold-blooded kick.
*** The Texas Longhorns were the more physical team today, they were the better-prepared team today, and they were simply the better team today. Tom Herman now has his signature win and his stamp on the program is obvious. Enjoy this one Longhorn fans, it appears that indeed, Texas is back.
Offensive Playcalling vs OU
– Will Baizer
– I’m being told Herman called most of the plays on offense again today.
– Today’s 48 points against Oklahoma is the most ever scored by Texas. It’s is also the 2nd most scored by Texas’ offense under Tom Herman (49 points vs SJSU).
Caleb Johnson Visiting Texas
– Super K
I just got off the phone with JUCO LB and Texas offer, Caleb Johnson (Fullerton College). Johnson tells me that he plans on taking his official visit to Texas this upcoming weekend.
Johnson is currently committed to Iowa State and says he has so far taken official visits to Iowa State and Colorado. He says this Texas official visit may end up being his last before he makes his final decision.
I asked him about the Colorado visit and he said, “I actually really liked it out there but I’m expecting this Texas visit to be nice”.
I’ll be in California later this week and among other players, I plan on seeing Johnson in-person.
5-Star | Trey Sanders | Quick-Hitter
– Super K
Not surprisingly, yesterday’s game had a huge recruiting impact. Texas was already looking good for Trey Sanders but I spoke with a source regarding Sanders and what kind of impression Texas made after the big win.
Source said that the win had an impact on Trey Sanders and Marcus Washington, in particular. Washington is a guy we’ve already said we feel good about.
But what about Trey Sanders?
After speaking to Sanders after the game, source said…
“We’re going to get him”.
Texas Offensive Success Leads to Mike Stoops Ouster
– Super K
OU related but also Texas related. Our OU TFB contributor, James Hale, has confirmed that Mike Stoops is out as the Sooners defensive coordinator.
Apparently, yesterday was the last straw and a number of high-level boosters demanded his ouster.
Who would have thought that a Texas offense that struggled early in the season would end Mike Stoops tenure at Oklahoma?