Texas vs. Oklahoma: Final Report Card, Player Grades for the Longhorns
After one of the most lopsided Red River Rivalries in the 100-plus year history of the clash, Oklahoma walks away the one-loss victor while Texas limps off the field to lick the wounds suffered after a painful 63-21 loss.
Let's take a look at the Longhorns' final postgame grades and evaluations.
Sophomore QB David Ash’s stats through three and a half quarters of play vs. Oklahoma were absolutely dismal.
Though Ash didn’t have much help from his receivers or the offensive line, he went 13-for-29 for only 113 yards, zero scores and two picks.
Ash’s stats, including a completion percentage of 44.8, were all low marks on a season that otherwise had proven promising for the young QB.
The Longhorn’s QB grade is bumped from an F to a D due to the late play of junior Case McCoy who came in for the last two drives of the game and went 5-for-8 for 102 yards, two TDs and zero picks.
Running Backs: F
Texas came into Week 7 averaging 209.4 yards of rushing per game, a number that was absolutely squashed by a Sooner defense that allowed a mere 74 ground yards.
Texas’ top healthy backs coming into the game, Joe Bergeron and Johnathan Gray combined for a whopping 17 yards of rushing on 12 carries.
The top rusher for Texas on Saturday was freshman Daje Johnson who racked up 41 yards on four carries; coming into Week 7 he had a grand total of nine yards rushing.
Wide Receivers: C
Another unit that was completely shut down on Saturday, Texas’ wide receiving group had averaged 221.8 yards through the air coming into Week 7 and was held to 215 yards vs. Oklahoma.
It’s critical to note that over 100 of these yards came in the fourth quarter meaning that this was another unit that didn’t do much through the first three periods.
Texas’ top receiver, Jaxon Shipley recorded only three yards on a single catch on Saturday while the No. 2 guy, Mike Davis managed 89 yards and one score on five catches.
Tight Ends: B-
Texas’ tight ends actually fared well vs. Oklahoma relative to their total performance on the season.
Freshman M.J. McFarland (37 yards and one TD on the season) registered 39 yards on three catches vs. Oklahoma while senior D.J. Grant (92 yards and one score in 2012) tacked on 18 yards on two grabs.
Offensive Line: F
The unit that may have let the offense down the most, the Longhorn’s O-Line made life miserable for David Ash and the other Longhorn skill players.
Oklahoma’s defensive line absolutely dominated the Texas offensive line to the tune of 74 rushing yards, six tackles for a loss, one sack and a safety.
If that weren’t enough the Longhorns, a team that came into Week 7 ranked No. 2 nationally in third down conversions (58.11 percent), went 4-for-13 on third down tries (30.7 percent).
Defensive Line: F
The Longhorns came into their annual grudge match with Oklahoma ranked a lowly No. 86 nationally in rushing yards.
This number got completely blown up on Saturday as Texas took their average rushing yards allowed number of 182.4 and gave up an alarming 343 yards of rushing to the Sooners.
Oklahoma flat ran over Texas’ defense and beat them soundly up front, a claim that is bulwarked by four one-yard TD runs in the game.
Another group that got schooled by the Sooners’ offense, Texas’ linebacker corps gets a grading break only because of injury.
The Horns No. 5 tackler in 2012, Jordan Hicks, was already out of the line-up due to injury, a loss that was compounded immeasurably by the loss of No. 2 tackler LB Steve Edmond who went out three minutes into Saturday’s game.
But, despite the losses 63 points and 677 yards of total offense spell out much bigger issues than just an injury ridden unit.
Defensive Backs: D+
Really, it was the secondary that could have been expected to perform better for Texas on Saturday, at least based on previous performance.
The Longhorns pass defense came into Week 7 ranked No. 56 nationally vs. a rushing D that ranked No. 89 but this was yet another category where Texas didn’t get any help.
The Longhorns secondary gave up 334 yards passing and two TDs but what made things worse were the big plays that broke into the backfield and weren’t stopped.
Oklahoma scored on a 95-yard rush in the first quarter, a 36-yard rush and 25-yard pass in the third and the ugly duo of a 32-yard run and a 14-yard pass play in the fourth.
The only real shining moment for the secondary, and the entire defense for that matter, came during the Sooner’s opening drive in the second half when CB Carrington Byndom scored a 28-yard pick six for the Longhorns first TD of the game.
Special Teams: B+
The only Longhorn unit not to totally flunk their “Red River Rivalry” exam, Texas’ special teams didn’t dazzle or disappoint.
In all the Longhorns’ gave up 96 yards on kick returns, 67 on punt returns and managed 125 yards of kick return yardage in the plus column.
Though kicking had nothing to do with the final tally on Saturday, Anthony Fera added to Texas’ place kicking woes in 2012 by virtue of missing an extra point in the third quarter.
The big bright spot for special teams came after Oklahoma’s opening score when Quandre Diggs returned a blocked extra point 88-yards for two points.
After managing a 4-1 start to the season that included a narrow shootout loss to top ranked West Virginia in Week 6 it looked like Mack Brown might finally be turning the corner during his 15th season at Texas.
Sure, maybe they wouldn’t win the national championship but perhaps this was the team that could return the Longhorns to the top of the Big 12 and the BCS.
Well, all bets are off after the 63-21 drubbing vs. Oklahoma, the third loss in a row to the Sooners and the eighth consecutive loss to a ranked team.
It’s unreasonable to say that the Texas coaching staff could have righted the ship at halftime when the game was basically out of reach, but this is a team that was outplayed from the opening gun to the final whistle.
When you’re the program that hauls in Top 5 rated recruiting classes year-in and year-out, there is no excuse to take that level of talent and get drilled against a one-loss team (or anybody for that matter).
You have to wonder how much longer the Texas brass will stand behind Mack Brown.