Follow along as I jot down notes from today’s game between the Texas Longhorns and the TCU Horned Frogs.
With every passing week, I am less and less of a fan of Operation Redcat – Savion Red’s wildcat. There never seems to be a wrinkle to the play and it has been relatively predictable for opposing defenses to snuff out. The Longhorns have the second-best running back in the Big 12 Conference (in terms of rushing yards), along with a plethora of receiving threats, making it seem a bit excessive.
Jordan Whittington had a textbook example of hustle when he forced a fumble after Quinn Ewers threw an interception. The Texas wide receiver was in a position that many would have likely coasted on and watched the football from afar, but his punching of the football gave the ball back to the Longhorns. As a result, Texas ended up scoring three points via a Bert Auburn field goal.
A false start penalty by the Longhorns offensive line forced Steve Sarkisian to send out the Bert Auburn and the field goal unit, however maybe it will pay off in the long run as the Texas kicker put points on the board.
When was the last time that the Longhorns were actually able to extend a lead right before halftime? It feels like it has been forever but, today, the Longhorns were able to capitalize with not one, but two touchdowns before the half. Thanks to the late scoring action, Texas has a little bit of breathing room against TCU with a 20-point lead at the half.
Offensively, this was not a sightly quarter for the Longhorns offense. The team did not come out of the half firing, and has relied on the defense to continue to hold the TCU Horned Frogs to six points.
But, the Longhorns defense deserves a shoutout for keeping the Horned Frogs out of the score column in the third quarter.
Once again, the Longhorns allowed the opponent to creep back into the game and should consider themselves lucky. While a win is a win, it is tough to imagine that tonight’s victory will change any opinions among the College Football Playoff committee.