Mack Brown Deserves Criticism After Texas Longhorns' Lackluster Performance

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Mack Brown Deserves Criticism After Texas Longhorns' Lackluster Performance
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This has to go down as one of the lowest points of Mack Brown's tenure at the University of Texas. The 63-21 loss to Oklahoma marked the second consecutive year the Sooners have destroyed the Longhorns.

In 2011 the Sooners won the matchup 55-17.

From a semantics standpoint, it would have been better if the Longhorns had been shut out in the first half of the 2012 Red River Rivalry. Scoring two points made the score more ominous, weird and joke-worthy. Either way you shake it, this was a beat-down of epic proportions.

After trailing 36-2 at the half, the Longhorns did little in the second half to redeem themselves. 

After beginning the season 3-0, the Longhorns have dropped consecutive games. This team is not a stellar defensive squad—they simply don't have the personnel in the front seven. The team has surrendered at least 175 yards rushing in each of the last four games.

That's nothing new, but the team's inability to score points is alarming. Brown is an offensive-minded coach, and his team had been scoring tons of points this season. Before the Red River rout, the Longhorns hadn't scored less than 37 points in a game this season.

What happened on Saturday?

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There is more than one answer to that question, but turnovers, inaccurate passing and a lack of efficiency on third down collectively defined the Longhorns' struggles.

They were 3-of-12 on third downs, while David Ash was 13-of-29 with two interceptions and a fumble.

Normally, blame would fall on the quarterback, but this trend extends well before Ash was under center. This is the third consecutive loss Brown's Longhorns have suffered against Bob Stoops' Sooners. In each of those games, the Longhorns have struggled to score points. 

They managed only 21 points Saturday, and most of those points came in garbage time when the outcome was already determined. They scored only 17 points in 2011 and 20 points in 2010. The last time they beat the Sooners was in 2009. That game was a close one, as Colt McCoy led the Longhorns to a 16-13 win, but Sooners QB Sam Bradford was injured early in the game.

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Had he played the entire game, the outcome could have been different. 

Stoops and Brown have been colliding ever since 1999. Stoops has been victorious nine times, while Brown has come out on top only five times. This isn't a matchup of programs with different levels of stature and prestige. 

Brown is the head coach of the Texas Longhorns, one of the most prestigious football programs in the country. He is simply getting out-coached, and his players are being outperformed in this rivalry.

This is just another example of Stoops owning Brown, and it has to be sickening to Longhorns fans. If this season doesn't turn around, we could be seeing the fall of the Brown era in Texas.

 

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