Texas Tech at Texas: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Longhorns

Jonathan Woo@woo_jonathanwooCorrespondent INovember 28, 2013

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Case McCoy #6 hands the ball to Joe Bergeron #24 of the Texas Longhorns during a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas.  Oklahoma State won the game 38-13.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Texas Tech 16, Texas 41

The Texas Longhorns came to play on Thanksgiving Night, issuing quite a physical effort against Texas Tech.

The Longhorns racked up 11 sacks on the evening, en route to a dominating performance on either side of the football.

For a full box score, check out ncaa.com .

Texas Longhorns Game Grades
Position Unit1st Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseC+B-
Run OffenseB+A-
Pass DefenseBB+
Run DefenseAA
Special TeamsD+C-
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Full Game Analysts for the Texas Longhorns:

Pass Offense: The Texas passing game is exactly what it is, a potent unit that has to rely on the running game to set things up down the field. The Longhorns kept things conservative through the air. Texas attempted just 20 passes, completing 11 for 182 yards and two touchdowns. More importantly, no interceptions.

Run Offense: Texas stuck to its guns in the ground game, and it experienced success over the course of the entire game. Malcolm Brown led the way with 128 yards on 27 carries, and Joe Bergeron ran for a tough 104 yards on 18 carries. Overall, the Longhorns averaged 4.6 per carry on a whopping 61 attempts.

Pass Defense: The Longhorns did exactly what it didn't do against Oklahoma State: their defensive line was disruptive with 11 sacks on the night. Texas put on a swarming effort against the FBS' top-ranked passing offense, and it held the Red Raiders to 31 of 52 passing for 301 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Run Defense: Texas Tech hardly sold out to run the ball, but Texas did a great job of stopping the ground game defensively. The Red Raiders ran the ball 28 times compared to 52 pass attempts on the night, but with 94 yards rushing to show, 51 of which came on a fake punt, credit has to be given to the Texas defensive front.

Special Teams: The 51-yard fake punt that went for a touchdown is the sourest note for Texas' special teams, but not a lot else went well for the home team. Kickoff coverage was poo and  punting was inconsistent as usual. But a couple of strong punt returns from Jaxon Shipley and Anthony Fera's continued excellence in field goals were positives.

Coaching: The Longhorns were able to stick to their gameplan, and they executed their approach very effectively. The running game was there virtually all game, and it allowed Texas to dip into its passing game when comfortable. Texas managed the game much better, and the credit should go to the preparation installed by the Texas staff.

Nov 28, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns tailback Joe Bergeron (24) avoids a tackle by Texas Tech Red Raiders linebacker Sam Eguavoen (13)during the first quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY
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1st Half Analysis for the Texas Longhorns:

Pass Offense: Texas' passing attack has been limited, but effective. With the Longhorns unquestionably looking to run the football, they have opted for more conservative play-calls. Case McCoy is 5 of 11 passing for 77 yards and a touchdown, but it was Jaxon Shipley's 42-yard strike to Mike Davis that has the attention.

Run Offense: The 'Horns have been deliberate about their intention to run the football. Texas has run the ball 24 times compared to just 12 passing attempts. And at 5.2 yards per carry, you can expect Major Applewhite to continue to dial up the ground and pound.

Pass Defense: Texas has done a remarkably job of keeping the Texas Tech passing attack under wraps. Much of the production, however, can be drawn back to the Texas defensive line, which has produced six sacks in the first half. Texas Tech QB Baker Mayfield is 16 of 28 passing for 155 yards and an interception.

Run Defense: Take away the 51-yard fake punt run for a score and the Red Raiders have posted just eight net rushing yards. Texas Tech is making no secret about its desire to throw the ball, but as long as the 'Horns can keep the running game under control, they have to like their chances playing in the outfield.

Special Teams: Anthony Fera continues to impress on field goal duty, but the Longhorns are failing in every other facet on special teams. Poor kickoff coverage, inconsistent punting and the 51-yard fake punt for six are the takeaways from the first half.

Coaching: The gameplan is on point, and the Texas coaching staff is winning on almost all levels. It has to be upset, however, that it does not have a 20-3 lead instead.


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