Garrett Gilbert walked into a maelstrom tonight, but came through it and did well in the circumstances. He surely wishes he did better, with the four interceptions and one lost fumble, but he represented himself and his team well with his gutsy performance. When he looks back on this game, he should always remember the two touchdown passes, and the commendable manner in which he played as a true freshmen against a truly great defense.
When Colt McCoy got injured, it was going to be a bad night for Longhorn Nation. While it was pretty unique in that four Longhorn quarterbacks were on the sideline at one time: Major Applewhite, Vince Young, McCoy, and Gilbert, and we saw the changing of the guard earlier than expected, it wasn't the situation that Mack Brown or any Longhorn fan wanted to see. If only Vince Young could have suited up and lined up under center! Garrett Gilbert just was not ready. He didn't have the experience or the knowledge of the playbook. There was no way for him to be better prepared. He did his best.
In my opinion, you can't blame someone for experiencing adversity. Garrett Gilbert faced adversity tonight. A key test of character is how you deal with the adversity you face. Gilbert did a good job by not backing down, and giving it all he had. He came close to pulling a huge upset of the Crimson Tide as a true freshman. Last year at this time he was in high school. Gilbert has a bright future with the Longhorns. This Longhorns fan supports him 100%. The Longhorns rallied after halftime, and proved themselves in adverse circumstances. The Longhorns outscored Alabama in the second half, 15-13.
It was a good team effort. Yes, the Longhorns made some bad playcalls. The shovel pass was at the wrong time. Second, you can't have a rookie quarterback in an empty backfield on 3rd and long hardly ever, or he is going to get sack-stripped. You just can't use that formation in that situation much. Yes, the offensive line missed some blocks. Yes, the defense did not tackle well and Mark Ingram made them pay for not wrapping up, over and over. The Longhorns just ran into a very good team, and did their best.They just came up a little short, that's all.
Now, was Colt McCoy illegally speared when he injured his shoulder? Were the refs blind in missing pass interference calls on the Alabama defense? Maybe, but that can't be changed now. Let's just be proud of the season the Longhorns had.
Gilbert did a good job, and has a bright future. Keep your head up Garrett Gilbert, and be proud of all you accomplished this year, Texas Longhorns!