The Texas Longhorns, fresh off a 34-17 victory over the Rice Owls Saturday will play their first home game against the Wyoming Cowboys. The Cowboys beat Southern Utah 28-20 last weekend.
Although the Longhorns started things out a little bit slow against the Owls last week, things promise to be better as the team has a game under its belt and their players have some experience working together in a real-time game situation.
However, some will argue that the Longhorns aren’t still aren’t playing their best football and perhaps that is the case but they can tune themselves even more against the Cowboys this Saturday.
When the Longhorns have the Ball
Last week against the Owls, running back Tre’ Newton stepped in and ran for three touchdowns proving that the Longhorns running game is solid.
Newton will get the start again as the Longhorns original starter, Cody Johnson, because Johnson suffered an ankle injury in the Rice game. T
Quarterback Garrett Gilbert had a solid but unspectacular game against the Owls last week but the most important thing was that he didn’t make any mistakes. He helped move the ball through the air effectively and keep it in the hands of the Longhorns. He won’t get that big of a test against the Cowboys this weekend but at the least, he will get an additional opportunity to develop and prepare for tougher tests ahead.
Last week’s leading wide receiver for Texas was Malcolm Williams, with 77 yards. Look for the coaching staff to air it out more not only to get Gilbert ready for the future but to get their wide receivers more involved in the game.
When the Cowboys have the Ball
The Cowboys will start quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels at quarterback he had a pretty good game last week against Southern Utah and you can bet that the Longhorns are going to get after him and cause him to make mistakes.
Texas’ Sam Acho had a decent game against the Owls and should bring the heat in this game.
Running the ball for the Cowboys will be Alvester Alexander. Alexander had 40 yards rushing last week, not good by any standard so the Longhorns may not have to worry too much about the Cowboys rushing attack. In terms of how the Owls rushed against the Longhorns last week, the team had a total of 88 yards rushing so running the ball against the Longhorns is something that the Cowboys probably won’t do much.
Since their passing game was pretty hot last week, the Longhorns will have to watch out for their wide receivers.
Their leading receiver last week was Zach Bolger (he has almost as many yards as Gilbert had passing) and so the Longhorns defense will have to shut him along with the rest of the Cowboys passing game down.
Pressure on the quarterback will get this done.
The Longhorns may have had a slow start last Saturday but they will be much better prepared for this game. They should be able to establish their running game against the Cowboys and allow Gilbert to manage the game through the air in a similar fashion as they did against the Owls.
The Longhorns defense should be able to contain the Cowboys attack and give the Longhorns the win this Saturday
Texas 35 Wyoming 14