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It may have been to honor Darrell Royal, but it was classic Bryan Harsin.
The Horns, as Mack Brown had promised, came out in the wishbone, only to motion out of it.
Jaxon Shipley took a backwards pitch from David Ash, rolled right and threw another lateral back to Ash.
Ash gathered himself and hit Greg Daniels in stride nearly 50 yards downfield.
Great execution and what a tribute to Coach Royal.
Because of the success of the play, you can be sure it'll be on all the highlights shows this afternoon and evening across the country.
While the trick play may have got Texas started, it's not what sustained the offense.
Texas ran and passed the ball well almost the entire game.
609 total yards against one of the better defenses in the Big 12.
David Ash finished 25 of 31 for 364 yards and two TDs.
Ball protection continues to be a major positive for Ash and the Texas offense as a whole.
Texas did not turn the ball over all day long.
Ash threw into double coverage deep one time (it was somehow caught by Jaxon Shipley). He fumbled once on a QB scramble.
Joe Bergeron, who has had more issues fumbling than the other backs, did not bobble it on his 12 carries yet still ran hard.
For the second consecutive week, Mike Davis was the recipient of a deep play-action pass from David Ash for a one-play touchdown drive.
This one went for 61 yards and put Texas up by two scores.
Ash is getting much better at making the throw earlier and on time since the beginning of the year.
Texas had to make a move at field goal kicker. Anthony Fera has been erratic since taking over five games into this season.
Today, Fera had a kicked block from straight up the middle and later missed a PAT (his second of the year).
Nick Jordan replaced him in the second half.
Jordan was tested on the first drive of the third quarter. And he came through.
Jordan nailed a 37-yarder. It was important because it gave Texas a three-score lead and put even more pressure on the ISU offense.
Jaxon Shipley led the Horns with eight catches for 137 yards. Even though he didn't score a touchdown, it was clearly Shipley's best day of the year overall.
He had three great catches.
There was a leaping grab on the sideline where he got one foot in on a third down drive.
There was another leaping grab over the middle in the third quarter for another first down on third down.
Then there was the catch in the fourth quarter against double coverage (a ball Ash shouldn't have thrown).
But Shipley also made the little plays that counted, like a first down catch on a low ball underneath on the last play of the third quarter.
Ash looked more for Shipley this game than he has in any so far this season.
Iowa State had a hard time defending the Texas run game.
When Texas motioned for the jet sweep in the first half, it took one player out of the box for the Cyclones and Texas, Johnathan Gray specifically, took advantage of it by cutting back on an inside zone play.
That motion really opened up the running lanes.
I know Texas gave up just 7 points on defense but they also allowed four drives into Texas territory in the first half alone.
Iowa State had a ton of success running the ball. They rushed for 111 yards in the first half alone.
ISU averaged 4.6 yards per carry and only abandoned the run after the Longhorn offense put the pressure on ISU to score more to keep up.
Texas can not give up 4.6 yards per carry to a relatively weak offense and expect to beat better teams.
In the first half, Texas continued to play some junk defenses, mugging its linebackers on the outside, running zone blitzes, etc.
Carrington Byndom and Josh Turner both had easy picks on poor throws by the ISU quarterback.
Lots of freshmen got playing time - more than usual at least.
Shiro Davis saw his most extensive action of the season at defensive end and made one tackle for loss and had a couple of pressures on the quarterback.
Cayleb Jones caught Case McCoy's only pass for a 20-yard gain on a nice sit-down route over the middle.
Marcus Johnson and Kendall Sanders also got plenty of reps in the 4th quarter.
Kevin Vaccaro played nickel on ISU's last drive and Duke Thomas manned the corner spot.
But the real story for the freshmen was the start of Peter Jinkens. Jinkens has moved ahead of Demarco Cobbs in the Horns base nickel package.
Jinkens missed one tackle on a run play in the first half but otherwise was solid the rest of the afternoon.
Luke Poehlmann subbed most of the second half at guard for Mason Walters.
Garrett Porter played quite a bit, too. But it looked like the Horns settled with Poehlmann in the role after Walters exited with an injury.
On ISU's four trips into Texas territory in the first half, here were the results:
- Missed field goal
On the lone touchdown by ISU, I thought it was a poor effort by the DBs on the play that allowed ISU to waltz into the end zone.
I really liked the play-action playcall on third down to Greg Daniels.
Bryan Harsin really did a nice job keeping the ISU defense off balance.
About the only questionable play-call I had was the play-action to the tight end on 4th and 1.
I thought going deep to the tight end was asking for a little too much in a tight situation.
For those not at the stadium, I can tell you that the wind was a significant factor in the game.
Texas' two true deep attempts both came with the wind.
Happy for Barrett Matthews to get the TD.
He's a senior who is primarily a blocker and one of the team's most unsung players.
IMO, it was the second best offensive performance of the year behind only the explosion at Ole Miss.
The defense still played too much bend but don't break for my taste, particularly against the run.
Too often, the Texas defense didn't just let its players make plays. Instead, the Horns got cute on D.
Against TCU, the Horns will have to play better run defense.
The Frogs have a better running QB and a better RB than the Cyclones do.
The Frogs also have a very talented defense.
Texas is now 8-2 with two games remaining on the regular season schedule.
After losing to OU 63-21, how many people thought Texas would win its next four?
I put the blame for the OU loss squarely on the head coach, the coaching staff and the players.
In the same way, I'm putting the season's turnaround on those same folks. Texas has both out-played and out-coached its last two opponents.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by BobbyBurton 17 months ago
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I thought Manny got very lucky today. I hate seeing the DEs standing up and dropping into coverage.
Offense looked great today. I think having M Brown back light a fire under Bergeron. He ran tough today.
What do you make of Roberson in the role he's asked to play?
I have no idea what his blocking assignments are, but I routinely see him run past one or two players who seem like much more obvious blocking targets than whatever he's looking at way downfield.
I think he's had some struggles, but they were mostly confined to earlier in the year.
To your point, I don't know that he's a weapon at the position.
I think he did, too.
That game felt a little too much like the New Mexico game. Four trips into Texas territory on 4 of the first 5 possessions is just not what you want.
This post was edited by BobbyBurton 17 months ago
I was thinking the same.
Thought the offense was really good. Ash was generally great and Harsin called a good game. However, we left a lot of points on the field (600 yds, 33 points?) and can't do that in the next two games.
Agree with others that run defense regressed and is a concern. Patterson and Snyder will exploit every weakness relentlessly.
What's with Fera? Is he still hurt or has he lost his confidence. Wouldn't want one of these next games to come down to a field goal at this point.
There was one play in particular in the first half where I noticed a Texas DT (Malcom Brown?) slide to his right just before the ball was snapped, only to have the runner go right through the gap he had vacated. Sometimes I hink Manny is so devoted to his "scheme" that he just can't let well enough alone.
BTW, welcome back, Malcom Brown, RB. As soon as he made an appearance, the Statue of Liberty came out of mothballs.
Harsin is a stud.......Manny still sucks.
Completely agree on the run defense. Still WAY too much slanting at the DTs for me. They're clearly coached to follow the zone blocking down the line, instead a playing gap assignment, and that's what leads to cutback lanes.
Two players who really stood out to me today....
(1) Trey Hopkins....great blocking both at the point and in the second level of the defense.
(2) Des Jackson...he can relly be an effective DT (even at 3-technique) if Manny simply asks him to go in ONE and only ONE direction. When Des is asked to stunt or slant, he loses the base of strength that's his greatest asset, but if he's asked to play 1-gap and allowed to engage the guy in front of him, he has all the strength and leverage that his frame / strength allow and he frequently gets a push bckward on the OL. Three weeks ago, I wrote Des Jackson off as a guy who would never be a 3-technique and only be an out-of-position 5-technique (like Whaley) who could only help in passing situations. But, the simplification of the DT position over the last 2.5 games has proven that he can be a good 3-technique in the right scheme, and this bodes really well for Texas going forward.
I like that Texas Defense held Iowa st. under their season average for Offensive total yards for the game. I also like that Texas held them to 3-12 on 3rd downs.
This post was edited by RoosterNTexas 17 months ago
Looked like Manny started trying to get fancy again.
Haha, there's "Good Manny" and "Fancy Manny."
Well, maybe there's no "Good Manny,"
Needs to be like Handy Manny that my kids are watching. No frills. Just solid and hardworking.
This post was edited by Hookem89 17 months ago
Completely agree...that's what I was referring to about our DTs are coached to follow the zone blocking down the line, s opposed to playing gap control. It's maddening, but we're not the only team that deploys this approach. I think that's what undersized DLs should do to counter the inside zone run, but not teams with DTs the size & strength of Texas.
In addition, by having the DL flow down the line against the inside zone runs, you're forcing your LBs to be solely responsible for reading and stopping the cutback lanes, and our LBs just aren't there yet.
Gotta make this simpler for our guys, Manny.
I'm assuming that Malcolm Brown (RB) has been doghouse'd until convinced otherwise.
Has to be new surroundings combined with the off the field issues.
He carried it 8 times on the Horns' final drive. They also tried the statue of liberty with him earlier in the game.
I only was able to see one series in third quarter via stream before it was shut ; but Roberson completely whiffed on two blocks during that series. .
The staff is waiting until he has a full week of practice before they start playing him big minutes early. Gray and Bergeron are getting the job done, so no need to rush him back.
I'll watch the replay tonight to see if I can see anything.
At least you get to watch the replay. I'm so sad I didn't get to see but maybe one quarter.
Diaz is a disaster. He's simply not what anyone thought he was. It's painfully obvious when he's given free reign and when he's told what his left and right limits are. It almost looks like someone else is calling the defense honestly.
We'd be just as likely to succeed moving forward with Akina or Davis calling the shots.
This post was edited by maninblack1 17 months ago
9 and 4 at Texas sucks!
- Jeff Howe
Let's just call Roberson what he is. That being a poor run blocking FB. Things will improve greatly next year when that juco blocking TE/Hback shows up on campus, and or Bergeron learns to use his athletic abilities to morph into the Cody Johnson role. I had a feeling we'd miss CJ this year.
This has to be the windiest season that UT has played through in at least a decade.
A lot of good seats available in the stadium today. A pretty lackluster showing by the crowd.
Harsin doing his thing along with a return of the funk. People just won't believe what he'll do here when he has a full clip to unload.
Bad Manny showed up for a portion of the second quarter. I don't think you could come close to saying that our defense put it together today, but it is clear that we are making a few baby steps.
Ash was generally balling. His WR's bailed him out a few times, he made a few great throws, and had a few big drops as well.
There was a nasty, nasty accident on 35S today before the game. I saw a big rig torn up in ways I didn't think possible. I hope no one else was in it. We missed the wishbone play because of it.
11 days to continue to heal up and get our heads on straight. TCU's defense should be a bear.
I got brains. I got big ol' brains. I got dinosaur brains.
Is there any chance Mack would fire Diaz and rehire Chizek?
I think Manny coaches with too much ego. Like it has to look brilliant. I saw plays called from certain down and distances that made no sense at all. we line up in base most of the time against TCU and we will kick their butts. K state is a different animal, but lets go with the "one game at a time" theme for now. It is amazing to see how much we get burned when manny tries to get clever. this was the first game I attended this year and it is even more apparent up close.
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