Texas Longhorns quarterback David Ash gallops right through the very porous Texas Tech Red Raider defense during the first half. Texas wins going away 52-13. (Courtesy Austin American Statesman)
The streak continues for Mack Brown as he has never lost to Texas Tech in Austin. The last win for the Red Raiders in the Texas State Capital was 1997. Today's win was not a typical Red Raider-Longhorn game as there were no crazy bounces, or pick sixes, or dream sequence game-winning come-from-behind touchdown passes. No, today's game was a butt kicking of the highest magnitude with a 32 point home win to become bowl eligible.
The Texas Longhorns have a for the real ground game. It would be easy to give the credit to it's arsenal of running backs with the three-headed punch of "Mean Joe B" Bergeron, the push of Fozzy Whittaker, and the pizzazz of DJ Monroe. This crew finished with 439 rushing yards on the day and Mean Joe B finished with 191 of those on 21 attemp. Impressive to say the least.
But for my money, game balls go to the Texas offensive line. Led by senior David Snow, the Searels coached group continue to get better each game. Duane Akina spoke at this week's Longhorn Luncheon in Austin on Friday and mentioned the team is adopting Searels personality.
Unlike in recent seasons, this Texas team can play all four quarters. Benny Wylie is to be congratulated on his work taking over conditioning duties. And what a great day for him to show off against his former employer Texas Tech.
David Ash is growing up before our eyes, getting through his first game without a turnover since becoming the starter. Quite a change from the first couple of games he saw action. Harsin continues to evolve his packages showing some deep push upfield connecting on a nice long ball to Davis and one to Goodwin.
And wasn't it great to see Case in the game late throwing a touchdown pass to maligned receiver Darius White. Not sure if he read it, but wonder if our very own GhostofBigRoy's letter earlier this week got through. Whatever it was, he took advantage of his opportunity to shine and so happy for the young man.
Defensively, in spite of Doege throwing for 381 yards, the Horns got enough pressure on Doege in the first half to rattle the touted west Texas quarterback who struggled to finish drive opportunities in the Texas red zone when the game was still hanging in the balance. The time of possession advantage on the part of the Horns starting mid-way through the 2nd quarter worked to the defense's advantage again this week as fresh legs helped to offset the high-octane Air Raid attack.
There's a lot to digest and analyze after today's performance. Can't wait to mine the data.
In the mean time, this is your celebration thread.