Game 6 (W) - Texas 48 vs OU 45

Published by David Macias

Hold on... currently at about cloud 7 on my way back down from cloud 9. 

I mean, for real though - lets gooooooooooo! Best (and most important) Texas win since 45-35. Great that Shipley wrote the Players Tribune article that pretty much foreshadowed this victory. 

Can you believe we're here at 5-1 now? I can't - see below for predictions for the rest of the season after the loss to Maryland. 

Here's my updated likelihood for the rest of the season and how I'd feel about it:

How I felt after the Maryland lost:

I have more thoughts about this game, but I wanted to get my quick reaction/mini breakdown to you as soon as possible, so here goes. (Check back later in the week for more GIFs and Horns > OU chatter.)

UT 10 - OU 7
True Freshman safety playing on the line. Crucial 3rd down stop early in the game to force a field goal and not let OU take the lead. I want to write another piece on him alone for this game (stay-tuned!), but what versatility by a true freshman safety. You'll see later how he makes a great play on a deep pass, but here he's lined up over their left tackle and easily beats the tackle off the ball to get a tackle for loss on 3rd and short. 

UT 10 - OU 10
Sam stepping up in the pocket. His stats were gaudy, and his play magnificent throughout - these are the kinds of games that propel a young QB from 'playing good enough' to 'Heisman watch'. To the naked eye, this looks like any other 13 yard completion over the middle, but watch closely as he works through his progressions (his left to center), feels the pressure and steps ups, gathers himself and throws a strike. Textbook QB play.

UT 10 - OU 10 (same drive)
Aggressiveness on 3rd and long. Love it. First, let's think about the play call. So many times in this situation you see teams run a screen or drop hoping they get lucky. I think Herman (who supposedly called the plays in this game) took into consideration where the Horns were on the field and his confidence in getting big chunks on OU's ex-Bob Stoops' defense. This was crucial to setting up the 4th and short that we converted. This goes in the box score as 0/1 on third down, but this play is a huge success.

Furthermore, what a catch by Beck. I still hate how heavy 47 looks on him, but I didn't think he had this type of catch in him. Catches like this will give him a shot in the league (I mean, the Cowboys are starting Geoff Swaim, so...). Very nice all around.

UT 17 - OU 10
CJ going beast mode. These CBs couldn't do a thing against CJ and LJH. Look how much space the CB is giving CJ, just to come up and look like he's playing two-below touch football. Even the safety doesn't want to see 6'6" CJ coming at him with a full steam. Easy pitch and catch for 15.

UT 24 - OU 17
Now it's LJH's turn. On the play above to Beck, I talk about how screens and draws are the usual call to hope you can get a big chunk. Funny thing, they're actually kind of ready for it, but an initial missed tackle by 18 and LJH flipping the beast mode switch along the o-line helping him out is a thing of football beauty. He literally gets 11-12 yards after getting "stood up" at the 38 yard line.

UT 24 - OU 17
Every guy doing their job. It's 4th and 2, and Herman has no questions about going for it, because he's confident in his guy's preparedness and ability to dominate the line. Sam doesn't get touched until a yard past the line to gain. Quality pull and block by #72 Elijah Rodriguez to get just enough on #9 without holding. Beck also has a great block on this play.

UT 31 - OU 24
Great lane discipline by the 4 pass rushers. Chris Nelson and Gary Johnson make this play. Yes, Murray's likely tiny hands are likely what actually made the play, but these two guys corralled him and didn't give him a gap to run through. We obviously saw what Murray could do in the open field (quite impressive, won't lie), so forcing him into plays like this are a huge win, obviously.

UT 38 - OU 24
Davis says 'Sit down Hollywood'. Could this be more textbook by Davis? I don't think so. Quick play recognition, closes ground very quickly, and breaks down against a very explosive WR. I love how our big and lengthy corners dominate quick screens and are great open field tacklers. Side note, Davis has earned my CB 1 status on this team. I still like Boyd, but I think Davis has played better than him this year from coverage to run/screen support.

This play was crucial, because we ended up stopping them on the next play and forcing a punt. Yes they came back and tied it, but can you imagine what might have happened if they had more time during that crazy 21 point swing with all that momentum? Every stop mattered.

UT 45 - OU 24
A glimpse of BJ's big day. I want to dive deeper into how great a game he played, but look at this karate kid/UFC fighter-type move BJ pulls after getting his legs taken out by the RB. He doesn't skip a beat and gets Murray's leg wrapped up for the sack on 3rd down. Again, every stop mattered!

And then there were about 8-10 minutes of this...

I won't get into details, but apparently our o-line forgot how to block without holding, and the entire Defense thought the game was in the bag and/or forgot geometry AKA didn't know what taking a good angle meant.

UT 45 - OU 45
Trust your line and your big moxie-having QB. This QB run had already produced many yards and  TDs throughout the game. Nothing sexy about it. In fact, probably one of the least interesting plays to the less-than-casual football fan. But on this day, it was like butter. Watch Sam finish this run. Then watch it again. He then gains another 8-9 yards in a couple plays to set up Dicker the M F'n Kicker. Ball game.

Finally, you just gotta watch this 2 minute video by the @TexasFootball handle. Greatness.


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