Texas Quick Hits: We Learned a Lot From Saturday's Game

Matt HohnerContributor ISeptember 22, 2009

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 19:  A general view of fans before a game between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

It’s a sigh of relief for Texas fans to finally get rid of that “Raider Rash” they’ve had since almost a year ago.  The itch has been scratched for Mack Brown and his Longhorns, as they can finally turn their attention to the road ahead. 

It certainly wasn't a convincing win as Longhorn fans hoped for, but the team got the job done.  Hopefully, they won’t overlook Texas-El Paso or Colorado in the weeks to come and pull a Southern Cal.   

-   We know Texas quarterback Colt McCoy is human as he apparently caught the Swine Flu in the week leading up to the Texas Tech game.  The Swine Flu has circled around the “Forty Acres,” as signs and e-mails are posted to remind students to wash their hands.  


     I think this was an excuse by Texas to cover up his lackluster performance.  He’s still solid, but not on par to his performance of last season.   


     Students tell me that McCoy is feeling the pressure of delivering a national title to Austin to solidify his legacy as the greatest quarterback to don the burnt orange.  He’ll need more than a Peanut Butter Sandwich and a juice box to return to the Colt McCoy we all know and love.


     Should we worried about Will Muschamp’s defense?  After giving up 420 passing yards to the Red Raiders, I’d say Muschamp has some areas of film to study over the next couple of weeks. 


     Students tell me that it’s Tech, and what do you expect?  If Taylor Potts can have a field day against Texas, then I can just imagine what Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford or Oklahoma State’s Zac Robinson will do to the Longhorns.  It’s refreshing to know our rush defense is still solid, but we’re in the Big 12, a pass-happy conference.


-    Senior linebacker Jared Norton will miss the rest of the season with an injured shoulder, which will be a big blow to the Longhorn’s defense. Sophomore Keenan Robinson will replace Norton at the position. I’m interested to see how the former Parade All-American will contribute to the defense, which doesn’t have much experience on the gridiron.


-    It’s great to see John Chiles finally get out on the field and make huge contributions to the team.  He’s been getting better each game, and Mack Brown has found different ways to utilize him.  We saw a little “WildHorn” last game, as Chiles broke off a nice run on a QB draw for 34 yards. 


     The emergence of freshman Tre Newton has been a nice surprise for Texas.  Newton has proven to be a tough runner with breakaway speed.


-    Did anybody see Bevo pass a bowel movement on College GameDay this past Saturday?  A nice close up of Bevo’s rear end certainly made Chris Fowler chuckle.  My roommates went to GameDay and stood in line as early as five in the morning! 


     I decided that sleep was a much better choice, so I could save my energy for the game.  My roommate had a nice story, where in a nutshell, he boldly passed security to gather some breakfast tacos available to GameDay employees.


-   One thing Longhorns take for granted is our special teams. Coordinator Mike Tolleson has done a great job of executing in every aspect of the special teams.  Hunter Lawrence is a field goal machine. 

     Justin Tucker’s unorthodox style of coffin corner punting has given Texas a distinct field advantage during the game.  A punt return by Jordan Shipley and kickoff return by D.J. Monroe in each of Texas’ home game has been a delight to witness.  The only blemish would be the blocked punt versus Wyoming, but that’s not a biggie.

What does the future hold for Texas’ title hopes? 

Hopefully, an undefeated season will propel the Longhorns to Pasadena, but I’m a little worried if there are more than two teams’ undefeated teams at the end of the season. 

The Big XII North has made a splash in a big way as teams like Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri aren't exactly pushovers this season. 

It hurt the Big XII South when the Sooners and Cowboys fell so early in the season, and as Longhorn fans know from last season. It may be better to lose early than later in the season.