A few Nuggets from Texas and K-State and a shout-out to my girl Deborah Cannon for a great photo of Johnathan Gray. One of the best photogs in the game is bringing it today in harsh conditions.
The Horns should be up more
Texas is glad to be up 16-6, but it could be so much more. It appeared as if Horns would run away and hide early in this game but a couple of questionable decisions kept the Wildcats within striking distance.
With heavy rains pounding the stadium, the coaching staff is taking the conservative route and it’s worked to this point.
I didn’t like Charlie Strong inserting Tyrone Swoopes into the game at the K-State 10-yard line, especially when Jerrod Heard was doing good work with his legs. He also replaced Heard on the opening drive at the K-State 43. Swoopes is effective at the 5-yard line and in but it’s not a good idea to replace your best playmaker when there’s plenty of room.
The other was a run call on fourth-and-five at the K-State 22-yard line instead of a 39-yard field goal attempt. Not that I’m a fan of Nick Rose but those are the kind of field goals he knocks down with ease. You know, the non-pressure ones.
Texas can’t throw
Is it the weather or is it an unwillingness to allow Jerrod Heard to throw the football? Either way, the Horns are a one-trick pony thus far on offense. Texas rushed for 188 yards — 46 came on one carry by Johnathan Gray — while passing for 33 yards. All of Heard’s three completions went to Daje Johnson on shovel passes behind the line of scrimmage. Not exactly a vertical game there.
It may be enough to get the Horns past K-State today, but this coaching staff will eventually have to develop Heard in the passing game, especially with contests coming up against teams like West Virginia, Texas Tech and Baylor.
What’s gotten into Jason Hall?
The sophomore safety is flying all over the place. Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford famously labeled him a “one-hit wonder” after Hall blew up Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine his freshman season and made little impact the rest of the way.
Hall showed up in a big way today with a decleating of K-State quarterback Joe Hubener on the game’s first play from scrimmage. Hubener was dazed but returned shortly for the next series.
What happens in the second half?
Texas goes back to what was working on offense: a steady diet of Gray and D’Onta Foreman with Heard piling yards on QB draws and zone read.
Defensively, the Horns must continue to put pressure on Hubener but not to the point of sending the house like it did on a couple of occasions in the first half.
Texas is still in good position to win this game by double digits. The defense needs to get after Hubener and put a ball or two on the ground.
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