Game 5 (W) - Texas 19 @ K State 14

Published by David Macias

A quick synopsis of the emotional journey during the win at K State:
- We're about to blast these dudes by 30+, and I probably won't have to watch the 4th quarter if I don't want to.
- What. The. Fffff. We're going to blow this, and I hate everything.
- Well, you know it's still big to win on the road especially in Manhattan since we haven't done it in over a decade, and we have a four game winning streak woooo! OU next week, let's goooooooo!

If you think about it, that was exactly the opposite of the Maryland game. (Hating life, coming back and feeling relieved, blowing it at the end and giving up on football.)

It is what it is. I was quite annoyed we shot ourselves on the foot a few times to not score again after we put up 19 points pretty quickly. I also thought our play calling would've been much better with Beck out (though hope he gets well soon), but there was some suspect gimmicky stuff going on once we got in the redzone. 

Anyway, on to the game.

Keontay loves making the first guy miss (1/3). I hope he can get fully healthy and stays that way, because this guys is by far the most dynamic guy we have coming out of the backfield.

Sam. Cannot. Miss. This. Throw. What I'm not showing here is how Sam had a perfect pocket to throw from. What I am showing is just how f'n open Duvernay is and how Sam could have thrown the ball in a roughly 5-7 yard radius short and still had a TD. I guess he was trying to throw the perfect pass and over threw Duvernay. This will hurt us in bigger games and is partly what is keeping Sam from taking the next step as a QB in my opinion.

(Andrew) Beck single handedly kills this drive. Our option plays have not been that successful this year (not including the inside read option), but Beck get's an F- on this play. First, he completely whiffs on his block, and second, he pushes the corner in the back. Watson made a little something out of nothing with a 3 yards gain, but instead we lined up for 2nd and 20 on the next play - a net 13 yard penalty.

Omenihu was clearly defensive MVP. Here's the first of many great plays Omenihu made on Saturday. 2 sacks (including a safety) and 3 tackles-for-loss got me like... 😍

Here's one of Omenihu's tackle-for-loss plays. Not only does he beat the guard off the snap and get 4 yards deep, but it looks like he breaks Delton in half. Our entire defensive unit played well (minus the penalties), but Omenihu really shined. Great stuff, especially on 3rd down.

The good of D'Shawn Jamison. This great return for a TD set the tone early. He really only makes one guy miss, but when there's good blocking (kudos to the entire return team), that's all you gotta do and he executed. Can't say the same for his only touch on the offensive of the ball, which you're about to see.

The bad of D'Shawn Jamison. I don't doubt the coaches tell players on reverses and trick plays to take a minimal loss if "it's not there". Worst case scenario this is a 2-3 yard loss. Not great, but not a 15 yards loss. EXTREMELY frustrating play. I say it every week so why not here - no more sideways! As I mentioned even if Jamison doesn't make the idiotic turn back the other way, it's still likely a short loss. 

C. J. All Day. Later in the game when we get within the 10 yard line we try a dumb TE throwback and a tackle-over play (where C Anderson lines up at WR and Beck lines up at tackle, and he's eligible so ideally you catch their D off guard). I can somewhat understand getting gimmicky if you're team really struggles in the redzone or doesn't have big playmakers on the outside, but we DO have Colin Johnson and he had already done this when we made this poor play calls later.

I just don't get it! So often I feel like we could keep our play calls pretty standard and just run with Keontay and throw the ball downfield without getting fancy or gimmicky. However, the coaching staff feels compelled to calling all the off-the-wall plays they practiced during the week. It's nice to have those plays in your back pocket, but if they're not needed (which they weren't) just lineup and run your bread-and-butter plays up and down on them all day.

Another Omenihu splash play. This was partly Omenihu playing hard, and partly Delton not throwing it right away. Delton was absolute garbage on Saturday, and K State would not have scored had he played the second half. I'm sure of it.

More of the same from Omenihu. 2 plays later Omenihu does it yet again. It's quite unfair to ask another guard to try and block Omenihu, and it really doesn't help their case when they're blocking for Delton, who probably should have just thrown it away as soon as he saw the play wasn't there.

Keontay loves making the first guy miss (2/3). The true fish has 2 minor injuries he's playing through, and somehow he made getting 7+ yards on almost every play look effortless. These types of plays don't make anyone's highlight reel, but the first down train is more likely to stay on the tracks when you keep getting 2nd and short.

Great individual effort by CJ. Not only does CJ bail out Sam by reaching back and catching the slightly inaccurate throw, but catching this ball 4 yards short of the first down line, and getting the first down on a 3rd down play was clutch. It led to 3 more points later in the drive. NFL teams are going to love seeing this on film after they see those jump balls he's bring down.

Note, I'm basically skipping through the extremely frustrating 3rd quarter and early 4th quarter where our team played not to lose. I'm glad we held on, but what a beat down of a second half #amirite?

Keontay loves making the first guy miss (3/3). Again, look how easily he sheds the first would-be tackler at the line of scrimmage while barely slowing down. That's a nice burst coming out of that broken tackle too. He made this 13 yards look quite easy. I'm not saying our other RBs couldn't have also turned this play into a first down, but there's something special about him that separates him from the rest of his backfield comrades.

The Jekyll and Hyde of Sam Ehlinger. On a crucial third down with the lead potentially on the line, Ehlinger's Hyde comes out (Hyde is the bad alter ego FYI) and he misses an pretty wide open CJ that would have resulted in a first down and who knows what more after that. There's no excuses here. Clean pocket, open throwing lane, and plenty of space between the 6'6" WR and his defender and the boundary. If he wants to a chance to play at the next level, he'll need to start hitting these throws more consistently.

Great call by Orlando and play by Hager. There were technically enough blockers for our pass rushers, but the nice stunt by Hager frees him up to almost reach the QB for a near game-sealing 3rd down stop. He completes the play by doing what he's taught, get your hands up if you don't make it to the QB in time, and he gets the crucial deflection.

The Jekyll of Sam Ehlinger. Another opportunity with the game potentially on the line and this time the accurate Sam presents itself. Clutch throw and catch to pretty much seal the deal. I might have to go back and watch some of the games, but it might be that Sam is more accurate on throws over the middle of the field than on the outside. Just a hunch I have. Note that I've shown CJ 1) Go up and get a jump ball, 2) reach behind him will running across the field, and 3) go down low for a catch. That's called versatility my friend.

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