Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown will meet with the media today at 11 am CST to discuss the upcoming game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Watch the press conference live at MB-TF or on the Longhorn Network.
Gritty. Gutsy. Dramatic.
Those are just a few of the many adjectives you can expect to hear from Texas Longhorns head football coach Mack Brown today describing Saturday's win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
The game, now named the Ash Coming Out Party, was chock full of special effects that would make a Hollywood pitch man wet his pants. And the dust has yet to settle given the post game controversy on Joe Bergeron's diving touchdown run with thirty seconds remaining.
But the book is closed on the game and the heroes were defined. Shipley's meticulous route running is pure poetry as he connected on the night for three touchdowns. But it was not only those obvious plays that earned him offensive co-MVP honors with quarterback David Ash. His play away from the ball, extending drives on his other touches, and leadership were obvious. Ahmad Brooks on the Longhorn network said it best, "That boy balled out."
The three passing touchdowns to Shipley went a long way toward the 41 points posted by the Longhorns and marked the first time since November of Colt McCoy's senior year the team has scored over forty points in three successive games.
The Texas Offense is alive.
And a special note of congratulations to senior offensive tackle Luke Poehlman who earned his first Bevo Beast team award given to the best offensive lineman of the game. Luke has had somewhat of a journeyman career on the 40 Acres but hats off to him for working through his 2010 season ending injury to
But the real hero was David Ash. He masterfully guided the Longhorns on successive second half owning the play clock and taking what the Cowboys were giving.
Defensively there is much work to do with little time in which to complete. The next opponent is tops in almost all offensive passing categories and is anchored by the leading Heisman Trophy candidate Geno Smith. His impressive game against Baylor is punctuated by a trio of next-level caliber wide receivers. The Longhorns secondary will be test early and often, notwithstanding their on-the-job tackling training results, as the Mountaineers through four games have 35 plays of 30+ yards. Meanwhile the Texas defense has surrendered 27 plays of the same distance. In other words, look for head coach Dana Holgorsen and Smith to go vertical.
Besides the obvious defensive weakness, expect Coach Brown to put the onus on Head Athletic Trainer of Football Kenny Boyd to provide an update on injured players. All that means is we'll have to wait until the Friday release to learn availability status of players.
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