LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…
Texas is BACK….
in Austin, Texas again this weekend to host the Horned Frogs of TCU….lol got you guys
But seriously, what an incredible atmosphere last Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Largest crowd ever in Austin, Texas to watch a Texas Longhorns football game. Chris Del Conte has officially gotten my attention. What he’s done in the short amount of time he’s been on campus is truly incredible. He’s brought the magic of a Texas Longhorns gameday back to Austin for the first time in awhile.
Now for the game. What an incredible game played by our defense after the first few drives by USC. The Trojans came out and score on two of their first three possessions and being up 14-3 after the end of the 1st quarter. Texas went onto score 34 unanswered points and go onto win 37-14. The defense was phenomenal in the last 3 quarters of this game and Texas dominated the last 45 minutes of this game in all 3 aspects of the game.
3 keys to the victory:
- There were 3 players that really stuck out to me on the defensive side of the football. Obviously the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, Gary Johnson is one of them. We’re seeing why Johnson was a heavily recruited LB coming out of JuCo. His ability to roam the linebacker position from sideline to sideline is a huge plus for Texas, especially with Big 12 play approaching next week. The other two are the Brandon Jones and Kris Boyd. These two guys are playing a huge role in this secondary being able to lead by example and give these freshman some time to make the transition. Brandon Jones is showing the big time ability to roam the secondary and showcase his heavy hitting and unique play making ability. Kris Boyd has finally grown into his game and has become the definition of a workhorse on an island. He’s shown the ability to make big stops and huge plays in big situations. This defense can be really special, if the pass rush can find some more consistency then it will be fun to watch.
- Sam Ehlinger and Lil’Jordan Humphrey. Once again, he was able to take care of the football and display his ability to change a game with his ability to tuck it and run and also by design. His completion percentage this week was something that isn’t a problem. I repeat it isn’t a problem. Our plan on offense was to take advantage of USC playing man coverage on basically every play. We took many chances downfield and this is a reason why that completion percentage was lower than other times. He’s a gamechanger and as long as he can take care of that football then I don’t see us having any issues. LJH is showing the big play ability that we’ve been dying for in recent years. He’s able to be that safety blanket for Sam in different situations and has that speed you can’t teach. He will be a huge part of our success going into Big 12 play for years to come.
- Special Teams. Ladies and gentleman, we have found a kicker that we can trust. Cameron Dicker has a special leg. He is able to be that safety net that we haven’t had the ability to have in the past 5 years or so. He has brought the ability to hit kicks with plenty of range and show the talent that he showed at Lake Travis for many years. He’s had PLENTY of huge kicks during his time at Lake Travis and he’s showing that ability so far on The 40 Acres. The play that changed the course of this game for the Longhorns was the big time FG block by Caden Sterns that was scooped up by Anthony Wheeler and taken to the house for a touchdown. This brought the game to 30-14 instead of 23-17 and was ultimately the dagger in USC.
Up Next: Texas Longhorns vs TCU Horned Frogs at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas at 3:30PM CST.
Prediction: If Texas can control the line of scrimmage and hold TCU’s big play ability at bay then this can be a game the Longhorns should win. If not, then TCU’s offense can have a field day with the UT defense. Both teams will have their first Big 12 game and it’ll be another rocking atmosphere in Austin. With that being said, I like UT coming off a big win against USC and keeping the momentum rolling while a TCU team comes in deflated off a tough loss to Ohio State.
Texas wins 31-27.