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

Jonathan Woo@woo_jonathanwooCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2013

Oct 12, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive tackle Chris Whaley (96) celebrates scoring a touchdown on an interception return with defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90) in the first quarter of the game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River Rivalry at Cotton Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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Oklahoma 20, Texas 36: Final

Mack Brown's Longhorns wanted to shock the world, and they did just that with a physically impressive victory over the Sooners.

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Game Analysis for the Longhorns

Pass Offense: McCoy was McCoy. He managed the game about as well as he could have hoped. Two big touchdown passes to Marcus Johnson and Mike Davis came at critical junctures. The pick-six hurt his overall performance, but on 13-of-21 passing for 190 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, it certainly is beyond acceptable.

Pass Defense: The Longhorns took a page from TCU's book and really forced OU QB Blake Bell to throw the football. Bell completed just 12 passes on 27 attempts, as the Longhorns were strong up front and in the back in defending the pass.

Run Offense: Texas ran the ball a whopping 60 times against the Sooners to total 253 yards on the ground. The Longhorns really established their running game up the middle, and the blocking and the results were there for the entire game. Both Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown rushed for over 120 yards.

Run Defense: Bell had run the ball for OU at least 10 times in each of the last three games, but with just six charted attempts for negative-14 yards (three sacks), it was obvious that the Longhorns wanted to have Bell throw the team to victory. The Sooners gained 142 yards on the ground, more than 100 yards fewer than their season average.

Special Teams: Take away the long run-back from OU's Roy Finch, and the Longhorns were every bit as impressive on special teams as they were in other phases. Fera nailed all three of his field-goal attempts, but his punting was definitely off. Throw in Daje Johnson's punt-return touchdown, and Texas has to happy with its special-teams performance.

Coaching: The extra two days certainly did not hurt, but coming off the Thursday-night game against Iowa State, the Longhorns looked all the more prepared to defeat the Sooners. Texas game-planned to stop the run. It did that. It planned to run the ball, and it did that, too. The Longhorns looked prepared for the first time since 2009.

Oct 12, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA;  Texas Longhorns quarterback Case McCoy (6) in the pocket against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River Rivalry at Cotton Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports


1st-Half Analysis for the Longhorns

Pass Offense: McCoy has been McCoy. He made amends with an absolute dime to Marcus Johnson, but McCoy has to be more consistent with his precision. Missing a wide-open Kendall Sanders could prove to be huge, but the Longhorns have been very effective through the air.

Pass Defense: Blake Bell is just 5-of-12 for 35 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown. The Longhorns are dialing up some nice play calls that are getting them into good position to make plays, and they are doing so. The front four is getting good pressure in the backfield.

Run Offense: With OU missing two big pieces on defense up the middle, Texas is making a point to attack that zone. The 'Horns have rushed a total of 31 times in the first half, picking up 163 yards. Very little dancing, as the one-cut-and-run abilities are on point. Blocking is strong.

Run Defense: The Longhorns have kept the Sooners relatively quiet on the ground (16 carries, 73 yards), an area in which Texas has struggled mightily this year. The group started slowly, but it has been making the plays to set up better down-and-distances.

Special Teams: Anthony Fera has not had to punt a single time, and he his a cool 3-of-3 on field goals, connecting on attempts from 31, 50 and 43 yards. Minus the eye sore of the coverage on Roy Finch's 73-yard return, there is not much else to see here.

Coaching: The game plans are working to great effect. The run game up the gut is setting up the pass game nicely, but McCoy has to find his touch. Defensively, Texas continues to stop the run with discipline and positioning. The athleticism is the plus.