Texas Football: 5 Startling Statistics from Longhorns' 2013 Campaign
The Texas Longhorns survived a potential meltdown by snatching a victory from the jaws of defeat in Ames, Iowa.
Texas has made headlines for many of the wrong reasons, and five games into the season, the Longhorns have already gone down a wild path with more dangerous obstacles ahead.
Like a broken record, injuries, bad defense and worse run defense have littered the Texas program. But as far as the numbers are concerned, some have huge cause for concern.
Statistics extrapolated from NCAA.com.
248.3 Rushing Yards Per Game Allowed
That 248.3 rushing yards per game allowed is high, and it is ugly.
Texas has been flagged as very susceptible to the run, and teams are not shying away from that game plan.
Between BYU and Ole Miss, the Longhorns gave up more than 800 yards on the ground, a statistic that should be ringing through the football offices at every Big 12 program this season.
Texas is currently ranked 117th against the run. New Mexico State is ranked dead last (123rd) with 340.8 rushing yards allowed per game, for perspective.
14.33 vs. 9.26
Texas' offense heavily relies on a deep passing game, which heavily relies on a stable running game.
David Ash, who will miss his third game of the season next weekend against Oklahoma, averages 14.33 yards per completion. His backup, Case McCoy, averages just 9.26 yards per completion.
Ash's 760 yards on 53 completions are compelling reasons why the Longhorns desperately miss Ash's arm. Simply enough, McCoy's deep ball just does not cut it.
McCoy's 102 attempts, 15 more than Ash, verify Texas' desire to throw the football. But the dink-and-dump style that McCoy executes is much less preferred than Ash's long-bomb potential.
10 Takeaways, 34 Points
When talking about turnovers, they come in two executions: forcing and legitimizing.
Texas has forced 10 turnovers this season, resulting in 34 points. It should be noted that on two occasions, Texas got a takeaway that virtually ended the game. So with 34 points stemming from eight takeaways, the stat seems a little more positive.
But given just how badly the defense has performed otherwise, the numbers do very little to satisfy the angry Texas supporter.
The Longhorns have surrendered just five giveaways on the season. So the plus-five that Texas sports on turnover margin is undermined by its susceptibility to the big play and the run.
8 Significant Injuries and Counting
Say what you will, but the Longhorns have been bit hard by the injury bug.
Running back Daje Johnson, quarterback David Ash, wide receiver Mike Davis, offensive tackle Josh Cochran, offensive guard Mason Walters and tight end Geoff Swaim have all missed some time, and that covers only the offense.
Cornerback Sheroid Evans will miss the rest of the season, as will linebacker Jordan Hicks, who is all too familiar with season-ending injuries as he missed the final 10 games in 2012.
Some bites are obviously worse than others, but the injuries are coming to big pieces of the puzzle on either side of the football.
Not a ton has gone right for the Longhorns this season, but the hits just keep on coming.
45.9 3rd-Down Conversion Percent Defense
Texas currently ranks 105th in the FBS in third-down defense, allowing opponents to convert a first down 45.9 percent of the time, and it comes in as the worst in the Big 12.
If the Longhorns really plan on improving their defense, a good place to start would be on third down.
For comparison, the Texas offense is converting just 40.3 percent of its third-down opportunities.