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Levine must fix the offense.
Beyond the abysmal play of O’Korn and the offensive line, the Cougars just didn’t appear to be in sync as an offensive unit against UTSA. Multiple receivers were unable to come up with grabs on the night, even when it appeared as if they should have. Moreover, the players just seemed to be out of step with one another.
Make no mistake: Much of Houston’s offensive woes were self-induced by O’Korn. He was not accurate and threw into coverage too many times to give his team a chance to win the game. However, there were also cases where it appeared receivers and other offensive teammates just couldn’t get on the same page with him.
That’s on the coaches.
O’Korn made several throws in the game, especially early, that should have been caught. Senior wide receiver Daniel Spencer dropped a sure touchdown in the first half, while Demarcus Ayers and Markeith Ambles just seemed a yard or so away from where they should be at almost all times.
Moreover, Houston fumbled twice to give the team a total of six turnovers on the night.
After an embarrassing 30-13 loss to Texas State two years ago in the season opener, offensive coordinator Mike Nesbitt resigned. Levine handed the play-calling duties over to current offensive coordinator Bush for the rest of the year but brought in Oklahoma State's Doug Meachem as offensive coordinator the next year instead of leaving Bush in the position.
When Meachem left Houston for TCU after last season, Levine again handed the reigns over to Bush. After mustering only 206 yards in game one, Levine has to be wondering if he made the right decision. If he didn't, he needs to correct it as soon as possible. If he did, he'll need to find out why his offense looked so inept in game one and take the corrective action to make sure it doesn't happen again.
After all, head coaches can suffer only so many embarrassing opening-day losses to in-state rivals before finding themselves out of a job.