How did the Texas offense’s first week differ from its second?
Time of poss.;23:48;28:55
20+ yd. plays;9;5
WHY BYU WON
See BYU. See BYU run the ball. That happened way too much for Texas’ liking. The Cougars’ running game was cooking, so much so that they set a school record for rushing yards in a game. The Longhorns were burned repeatedly by quarterback Taysom Hill, who topped the 200-yard mark.
WHY TEXAS LOST
Too many missed tackles. We’re talking 2012 Texas-level of missed tackles, folks. It will be a long practice week. And too many rushing yards allowed — more than 500 of them. The offense mostly sputtered, with an occasional flash. Daje Johnson was lost on the first drive. Oh, and the Longhorns were dreadful on third downs, especially third-and-longs.
THE EYES OF TEXAS …
… were on three specific Cougars — LB Kyle Van Noy, a likely first-round draft pick who is college football’s career active sack leader, RB Jamaal Williams, who rushed for 144 yards against Virginia in the opener, and WR Cody Hoffman, who had 100 catches for 1,248 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012 and was making his 2013 debut. How’d they do? Van Noy was as good as advertised, disrupting the Texas backfield. Williams rushed 30 times for 182 yards. And Hoffman had 2 catches for 63 yards.
Offense: Mike Davis. His two touchdown grabs, coupled with his one pick in the opener, makes him David Ash’s top target.
Defense: Duke Thomas. The Texas corner had his first career interception.
THIS AND THAT
It’s Sunday. Who do you blame?: The defense is a good start. Texas put up 21 points on a pretty good defense and with some key injuries. But the missed tackles and blown assignments and lack of a pass rush were killers.
Injuries: Ash left in the fourth with a head injury after a big hit. Johnson was seen in a walking boot. Those are the big-issue injuries to fret about moving forward.
Third-down woes: The Longhorns really struggled on third downs — 5 of 17. They weren’t any better on fourth downs, either — 0 for 3.
Plays that mattered: … because they were important, include Bryson Echols’ roughing the punter penalty that allowed an eventual touchdown drive to stay alive; Jalen Overstreet’s 4th-and-1 Wild play that came up way short; the two nice Ash-to-Davis touchdowns; and Johnson’s injury, which left Texas without a key playmaker, and Ash’s, a head injury that makes you wonder about the C word.
Hello, missed tackles: Sloppy performance on the tackling front. Texas must get better. (We just copied and pasted that from a 2012 Third and Longhorns report.)
Goodbye, big ‘mo: Remember how great you felt after the opening win over New Mexico State? Good thing the NFL’s back to let you think about other things today.
Where have you gone: … Johnathan Gray? Jaxon Shipley? Jackson Jeffcoat? Jordan Hicks? Steve Edmond? A Longhorn Nation turns their lonely eyes to you.
UP NEXT: OLE MISS
7 p.m. Saturday, LHN
Last year’s win over Ole Miss was one of the highlight games of 2012. This year’s can serve as a turnaround game for Texas, which can’t afford to drop two in a row so early in the season.
— Richard Tijerina