The grades are in. So how did the Texas Longhorns do in their Thanksgiving mathcup against TCU?
David Ash was hitting on the short passes to begin the game and then missed on two passes in the red zone. It was obvious that TCU was giving Texas the short passing game and once they took away the long passing game, they pressed the receivers making short passes harder to complete. Case McCoy tried his best to get Texas back into it, but the hole was too deep. Below average night for the quarterbacks.
Jonathan Gray on his first 3 carries of the game gained 23 yards, he only gained 24 yards for the rest of the game. Some of that falls on the Offensive line but some of the blame falls on Jonathan Gray for not making men miss. Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown were not a factor at all. Poor day running the ball.
Jaxon Shipley had a big day with 6 catches for 80 yards and Mike Davis had a solid day catching 6 passes for 54 yards. No one else contributed to the passing game.
Greg Daniels and MJ McFarland both contributed to the passing attack but blocking left much to be desired.
They got manhandled all night by TCU which according to recruiting services has inferior athletes. It was a terrible performance that affected the offense all night.
On the first TCU drive of the game, the Texas defense gave up 94 yards mostly on the ground. After that drive, they only gave up 210 yards and if not for the David Ash fumble that put the ball in the TCU Redzone, they wouldn’t have given up a touchdown. Credit the defense for stepping up and giving the Longhorns a chance.
The most unprepared I have seen the Longhorns since the Red River Shootout. Bryan Harsin refuses to use his playmakers which blows my mind. 2 steps forward, 100 steps back.
The door was open to take control of it’s Big 12 destiny. To be in contention for a Big 12 title taking on the only team younger than the Texas Longhorns. They were flat and played with no intensity. This team is not talented enough to just win when it doesn’t play it’s best game. I don’t know what happened in this game. Now whatever progress Mack Brown thought he made, he lost it in front of a national audience. Now with TCU selling to recruits that they can compete in the Big 12, Oklahoma State rebounding nicely after losing Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, and Texas A&M selling the SEC. The road to recruiting success in the State of Texas has gotten harder. Mack Brown can salvage something with an upset victory over the Wildcats but that’s unlikely to happen. Texas can likely finish with the same record as last year, how is that progress?