Game 3 (W) - Texas 37 vs USC 14

Published by David Macias

I would say apologies for no post after the win against Tulsa, but I think the Horns should be apologizing to us for having to watch that gar-baj. 

Anyway, how awesome was waking up on Sunday morning after this win? It's way too rare these days. I really hope we get to feel it several times over this season, but I'm not about to go down anymore paths of predictions. 

Do I think we can beat TCU? Yes. Will we? If we play really well, meaning even better than we played against USC, then yes. If we play like we did in the first 2 games, we'll get rolled. That's called thorough analysis. 

We won special teams, the ground game, and 3rd down conversions while tying in the turnover department. Do that again, and we should get the W - it just won't be as easy to do. USC clearly out UT'd us with so many costly penalties and weird mistakes.

On to my thoughts on the glorious victory over the Will Ferrells. 

D Davis with the busted coverage. He's playing man when it appears he has the outside 1/3 responsibility, and should let the outside WR go instead of sticking with him. Not sure we will be able to recover from 14-3 deficit as easily against TCU - let's not dig ourselves a hole so quickly.

The TD is on B Jones in my humble opinion. Yes, K Boyd over pursuits, but he bounces off a should-be sure-tackler way too easy. Also, even if Hager is getting held, don't get thrown to the ground so easily by a tight end. C'mon.

WRs blocking. This play makes a former under-sized high school wr (who had more plays called for him to block than to catch) warm and fuzzy inside. 4 guys in particular make this 3rd down happen, none of which are the QB - he doesn't get touched until he crosses the first down line. Duvernay (WR #6), Watson (RB #5), Beck (TE #47), and Cosmi (RT #52) make it happen. Duvernay especially - guy had 1 catch (big one albeit), but blocked like this on 3rd down. Love it, and so do the football Gods. Good things come to those who do the dirty work. That's a saying, right?

Speaking of Andrew Beck, I'm starting to eat my words on him, but you know they taste alright. I was high on Brewer over Beck. However, as long as he keeps blocking like he did on the play above and making DBs look like they're playing flag football, then we good. (Still don't like my TE wearing 47, just looks too fullbacky.)

Praise for one Beck, and turds for the other. Tim Beck. Stop with the SIDEWAYS! It doesn't work. I don't know if it's our personnel or what, but we don't do this stuff well, and it just killed the momentum on our first scoring drive. Can't say this would've been a TD drive for sure, but these plays are infuriating. Even if Jamison gets the ball, I'm not convinced it's a successful play, he's 7 yds behind the line and running backwards. The USC defender would have definitely had the angle on him.

I felt like this was G Johnson's best game thus far. Plays like this are a perfect example of why I think that. He diagnoses the screen immediately and patiently waits behind the (incredibly useless) USC o-lineman to use his speed and make a nice 4 yd tackle-for-loss.

Locke. I will give it to him, he made a great pass deflection later while playing zone, and he's not awful when he's up near the line, but this guy can't cover anyone. He gives nearly a 10 yard cushion here and just gets burnt, nothing special about the route either (though it was a nice throw). He doesn't have the hips or recovery speed to cover in man situations. I would target him all day if I could recognize which coverages he's in straight up man. Hopefully GP up in Ft Worth doesn't do it much on Saturday.

Good Ehlinger. This is picture perfect. QB at full sprint hitting his WR in between the 8 and the 4 at full sprint on 3rd and long was a site to see. These are the flashes I hope we get to see more of.

Bad Ehlinger. Not showing you the safety - yes, it was a safety, I'm dumbfounded by the call, but maybe it's slight redemption for Dez's catch against Green Bay (giant leap there, I know). What really annoys me about this sack just a few plays later (after the Roughing the Punter call) is that it's like he didn't learn his lesson from the should've-been-safety. Throw the ball away as soon as you get to the hashmark when you see no one is open. The GIF above shows you can convert a 3rd and 8, but this careless sack mostly nullifies the next play. Also, our punter is NOT going to bail you out like he did last year. Those yards matter. The remedy: he's got to better understand when to flip the 'hero ball' switch.

LJH quickly gaining 'favorite Longhorn' status. Cool name. Cool hair. Cool moves. He's a RB turned WR who's kind of a possession WR (meaning he gets a lot of shorter to intermediate throws and runs option routes), but he just keeps turning simple 'let's just move the sticks' type of passes into 40+ yd TDs. Me like.

And totally redeem yourself, B Jones! B Jones running down the RB is a thing of beauty. Not only does he keep him out of the burnt orange zone, he gets him for a loss. His speed is impressive, because for a second it seems he almost takes a bad angle and goes up field too soon, but I guess that's why I'm writing a blog for free and he's making plays at DKR on Saturdays.

C Nelson eating the USC oline's lunch. This is a really tough block for the center as Nelson is already shaded toward the direction of the play, but still, the fact that he blows this play up 5 yards back and allows the Shark to clean it up is awesome. Really want to see this more against TCU, the best way to stop speedsters is to never let them get started.

CJ being CJ. This catch was awesome, and he almost did it again on the next play if it wasn't for the CB getting his hand it at the last second. I think I've said it before, but I think we should see this type of catch at least once a game. It's interesting how the plan appears to be to throw a ball a little more on a line, but still somewhat high so that CJ can go up and get it. However, it seems he's got a step on his guy, and with no safety help, I wonder why not just air it out and let him potential catch and run it in for a TD. Oh well, still nice.

Final thought - we now have some depth. Roach will be out for several weeks with a fractured foot, but we have the Shark filling until then. He was already playing some, and frankly, it didn't appear to be a significant drop off. See how he blows this play up at a crucial time. We just fumbled, and then they completed a long pass (which thankfully, their WR fell on the catch or it was 6). This play made it 2nd and 12, and put them behind the sticks, which then led to a 50 yard FG attempt and you know the rest. Anyway, if we can keep recruiting decent classes, we'll be able to sustain high quality play through injuries. That's what top programs need to be successful. Hopefully we're on our way.


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