The game is over and the grades are in. So how did the Longhorns do in Lubbock? Did the defense finally get a passing grade? How did David Ash do after being benched in the Kansas game? Find out in this week’s Hook’em Headlines Report Card.
David Ash had a great game. He came out on fire in the first half, going 9-12 for 228 yards and two touchdowns. He struggled in the third quarter but when he needed to make a throw, he did. The 25 yard touchdown pass to Mike Davis sealed the game. Great bounce back game for David Ash
Jonathan Gray had another 100 yard day on the ground and had 40 yards receiving as well. Joe Bergeron was good in short yardage situations. We saw a little bit of Malcolm Brown and Daje Johnson (who can never get enough touches). Overall it was a solid day for the running backs.
Mike Davis was the star with 4 catches for 165 yards and 2 touchdowns. He is becoming a superstar for this Texas offense. Jaxon Shipley had 2 catches and a touchdown. But the receivers were not widely used in this game but when they were, they made plays.
The Tight Ends didn’t produce any stats but they blocked very well in the running game. Sometimes that is all you need.
Whatever Mack Brown did with this defense, it worked. The defense played it’s best game of the year and finally stopped a high powered offense. Carrington Byndum played his best game of the season. Sometimes struggled in coverage but timely pass breakups and a blocked field goal were the difference in the game. Alex Okafor is still a beast getting another sack. That was a much needed performance from this defense.
Mack Brown needed this win, and you could see it on the sidelines. Even Deloss Dodds knew how big this win was for his job. Does it erase the debacle in Dallas? No. But the coaches had a plan and executed that plan. Bryan Harsin finally opened up the playbook and went downfield early and often which set up the run. That set the tone for the entire game. Manny Diaz acted like a defensive coach for the first time this year even if he had some help from Mack Brown. This was the best coached game since the Ole Miss game. Let’s see if they keep this going.
This was a game the Longhorns needed to turn down the heat. You obviously saw that at the end of the game. There are still issues on this team. The next 2 games are winnable but don’t expect a blowout in either one of them. The Kansas State game at the end of the season will be the biggest barometer on the improvement this team has made. But breath easy Longhorn fans, the Horns came to play and get out of Lubbock with a huge win. Enjoy it.