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Texas vs. BYU: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Longhorns

Jul 23, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown speaks to the media during the Big 12 media days at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Jonathan WooCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2013

The BYU Cougars were too much on both sides of the football as they outmuscled and outworked the Texas Longhorns in telling fashion.

Final:
Texas—21
BYU—40

For the full box score, check out NCAA.com.

Game analysis for the Texas Longhorns:

Pass Offense: The Texas offensive line seemed to get worse as the game wore on. The Cougars often went with three- and four-man looks up front, and the Longhorns simply could not handle them. When quarterback David Ash had time, he was able to find some good looks, but it didn’t happen often enough.

Run Offense: Texas’ running game looked even worse than its passing game, and the Longhorns were not getting anything going up front. No push, no holes and only two explosive runs. The Cougars dominated here, too.

Pass Defense: The numbers give one story, but it hardly matches what the Texas defense was able to do in the grand scheme. BYU QB Taysom Hill completed just 9-of-26 passing attempts while throwing an interception, but that did little to tarnish his overall game.

Run Defense: Texas' run defense looked like its 2012 self as the Cougars ran all over the Longhorns. It didn’t matter who was running the ball for BYU. The home team had its way on the ground as Texas failed in defending the run. No team has run for more yards on the Longhorns.

Special Teams: The ‘Horns special teams did not have a good night. Anthony Fera’s 43.8 yards per punt average was a nice highlight, but Bryson Echols’ two 15-yard penalties were a couple of the night’s worst efforts. Nick Rose did have success on kickoffs.

Coaching: On the field, Texas looked outworked and borderline unprepared. The ‘Horns inability to contain Hill on the zone read will go back to preparation and discipline enforced by the coaching staff. The weather delay probably didn’t help, but from top to bottom, the Longhorns were outplayed.

 

First-Half analysis for the Texas Longhorns: 

Pass Offense: David Ash started the game 4-of-4 passing for 73 yards and a touchdown—a 57-yard strike to Mike Davis. The protection started well, but wore down towards the end of the half, with BYU often flushing Ash from the pocket.

Run Offense: The Texas running game took an early hit when Daje Johnson suffered a left ankle injury. The offensive line is simply not getting the physicality needed to move the ball at will and open up more offense. Johnson will not return.

Pass Defense: BYU QB Taysom Hill was just 4-of-18 passing with an interception in the first half. But it doesn't mean much since the Cougars have been able to run the ball at will. 

Run Defense: The Texas run defense is outmatched physically right now. The line is getting little penetration, and the 'Horns are missing tackles like it's 2012. 

Special Teams: Bryson Echols with two huge special teams blunders resulting in two 15-yard penalties—not the kind of focus and discipline you want on that unit. Fera and Rose have been strong in their kicking duties. 

Coaching: The injury to Johnson is hard to avoid, but the 'Horns are getting outmuscled on both sides of the ball. If Texas game-planned to have Hill contained, it is failing miserably.

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