A few thoughts on the first half:
Didn’t see that coming
If you didn’t today’s first entry, I wrote that Texas needed to strike early to establish some confidence and the Horns did with the game’s first 14 points. The Sooners played on their heels for most of the half and Texas clearly had more bounce in its steep than it did on that lost Saturday in Fort Worth.
The defense has shown up huge with four sacks and only three points allowed. Something to watch in the second half: if DTs Poona Ford and Hassan Ridgeway don’t return from injuries, Texas could really struggle in the run game. Paul Boyette and Co. held it down in place of them in the second quarter.
Heard still has to flash
Jerrod Heard completed only 4 of 5 passes for 31 yards and rushed 10 times for 61 yards but he still has to break loose to make this upset happen. The Horns now believe they can win this but their offensive leader will have to put up bigger numbers in the second half. Sooner or later, he will have to test the OU secondary.
Play caller Jay Norvell went conservative in the second quarter which won’t cut it in the second half. At the end of the day, you’re a 1-4 team with zero to lose in this game. It’s time to seize the opportunity and hit the Sooners in the mouth for another half.
More Swoopes package, please
I love the energy from Tyrone Swoopes in the short-yardage package but he wasn’t seen again after scoring his touchdown. I’d like to see him in the game on short yardage, even if the Horns aren’t in the red zone. He has embraced his new role and the team clearly feeds off his energy when he comes into the game.
So what happens?
It’s hard to say. I don’t see the Sooners putting up another three-point half. The Horns need to strike again and put even more doubt in the minds of Oklahoma. It’s already a better game than many of us ever could have expected.
Coming up: the biggest two quarters of Charlie Strong’s Texas tenure. Buckle up.
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