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Overall Grade: C-
The coaches on the Texas side of the ball behaved badly. The Longhorns did win the game, but it seemed that it was in spite of the coaching as opposed to because of the coaching. During the first three quarters, the offensive coordinator called the same style of plays even though they were not working at all.
After he switched over to a development plan, things went much more smoothly. He gave David Ash plenty of room to make throws, but the calls were for shorter passes. This built confidence in the quarterback, and he began to throw more accurately. Ash began to make better decisions with the football, even extending drives with his feet at times.
The issue with handing the coordinator a good grade is that it looked a lot like Ash got frustrated with the play-calling and started improvising. Fans may have just witnessed the birth of a successful quarterback in spite of his offensive coordinator. Of course, the boss will always get the credit for developing him.
The defensive coordinator was in charge of a squad that ran up 10 sacks and generally knew exactly how to be where it needed to be. This same unit was grossly mismatched throughout the game, and that led to Oregon State touchdowns and field goals all the way up until the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, Oregon State was more tired than Texas, and the Longhorns dominated the Beavers to steal the win.
The major problem with the defensive coordinator was that the defense simply looked like it was less worn-out than the opponent. You can't give credit to the sideline boss for athletic endurance on the field. You can give credit to the strength and conditioning coach, though.
With all the issues on the sideline, there is one man that stands out as the reason Texas almost lost to Oregon State: Mack Brown. This guy brings in huge recruiting class after huge recruiting class, plus he had 15 extra practices to prepare his team for the Alamo Bowl.
Brown is not an idiot, he just makes decisions as if he can't see what's happening on the field. Either that, or he stands there watching while his coordinators fail to adjust. Either way, he needs to get a motivational speech ready for his staff.