Alamo Bowl 2013 Oregon vs. Texas: Live Game Grades, Analysis for the Longhorns

Zach SheltonFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2013

Malcolm Brown has carried the Longhorns through the first half of the Alamo Bowl.
Malcolm Brown has carried the Longhorns through the first half of the Alamo Bowl.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Oregon 30, Texas 7—Final

The Oregon Ducks are Alamo Bowl champions after defeating the Texas Longhorns by a 30-7 margin. Mack Brown finishes 8-5 in his final season at Texas.

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Texas Longhorns Grades
Positional Unit1st Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseFF-
Run OffenseAA
Pass DefenseCC
Run DefenseCC
Special TeamsAB-
Alamo Bowl vs. Oregon

Final Analysis for the Texas Longhorns:

Pass Offense: The Case McCoy era ends with two pick-sixes against just 48 passing yards. Tyrone Swoopes played well in relief, but the game was over well before he took over. The receivers dropped five passes on the night, including a must-have bomb from Swoopes.

Rush Offense: Malcolm Brown played his heart out all night, running for 130 yards on 26 carries. His performance is ever more impressive when you consider that the Ducks loaded up against him throughout the second half. Swoopes had 38 yards on eight carries, and Joe Bergeron added 21 on eight totes of his own.

Pass Defense: Jackson Jeffcoat and Cedric Reed both had big sacks in the red zone. The offense doomed this group, but Marcus Mariota made things look easy at times. Josh Huff had 104 yards and a touchdown on five catches.

Rush Defense: Mariota shredded the 'Horns in the first half, racking up 132 of his 133 total rushing yards. Texas held the Ducks' other ball-carriers to 83 yards on 27 carries. It gave up yardage, but buckled down when it needed to.

Special Teams: Anthony Fera was solid punting the ball all night, and none of Oregon's returners was able to break loose. John Harris committed another bad catch interference in punt coverage, which is all this unit did wrong.

Coaching: The game told a different tale on either side of the ball. Greg Robinson's defense did its job with four stops in the red zone, ultimately holding the Ducks to 16 points. As for the offense, Major Applewhite called the game like he was just trying to get out of there. Overall, this team fought hard the whole night.


Marcus Mariota had his way with the Longhorns in the first half.
Marcus Mariota had his way with the Longhorns in the first half.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

First Half Analysis for the Texas Longhorns:

Pass Offense: McCoy is 5-of-12 for 31 yards, and his pick-six on the first series was unacceptable. Jaxon Shipley and Geoff Swaim have combined for three drops. The fourth-down conversion to Shipley was the only good play.

Rush Offense: Malcolm Brown has 113 yards on 18 carries to lead the way. The offensive line is winning up front, keeping the explosive Oregon offense off of the field. Expect that to change if McCoy can't pick up yardage with his arm.

Pass Defense: Marcus Mariota has thrown just 13 passes, but they have gone for 130 yards and a touchdown. The coverage was mostly good until it broke on Oregon's final drive of the half. Jackson Jeffcoat has a strip-sack of Marcus Mariota.

Rush Defense: Mariota has seven runs of 10 yards or more, with 132 rushing yards in the half. However, the rest of the Ducks have just 34 yards on 13 carries. 

Special Teams: Anthony Fera has booted three nice punts. The Longhorns have done a great job containing the explosive Oregon returners. Kendall Sanders has a 36-yard kick return.

Coaching: The Longhorns have clearly not quit on Mack Brown. However, they have no answer for Mariota and missed tackles have been a problem. The offense has to figure out how to put up points.