Texas vs. Oklahoma – Inside the Numbers

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How do you spell 'domination' using only numbers? Let me show you.

Unlike yesterday's beat down at the hands of Oklahoma, this painful Inside the Numbers will be over quickly. I'm not one for dropping perspective when it comes to a performance that destructive, so I'll leave that in more capable hands. Instead, I'll just be here to feed ammunition for whatever "FIRE COACH X" arguments will be made over the coming weeks. For maximum effect, this week's Inside the Numbers will feature direct side-by-side comparisons of just how ugly Saturday was....let the self-loathing commence.

90 - 677 - 7.5 vs. 60 - 289 - 4.8: Oklahoma vs Texas offensive plays - yards - yards per play

This pretty easily encompasses the systematic failure of the entire Texas team to do anything against OU. The offense failed to reach 300 yards of offense at a poor 4.8 yards per play, numbers mercifully enhanced by 4th quarter garbage time production. The OU offense did just about whatever the hell it wanted, averaging a pretty 7.5 yards per play. As TXStampede has already noted, this defense is on pace to be the among the 3 worst in UT history in the following defensive metrics: average yards per game, average yards per play, average rushing yards per game, average rushing yards per play, average passing yards per game, average passing yards per catch, completion percentage, and average points per game.

51 - 343 - 6 (6.7) vs. 23 - 74 - 0 (3.2): Oklahoma vs. Texas rushing attempts - rushing yards - rushing TDs (yards per rush)

The old adage "whoever runs the ball in Dallas wins the game"? Well, Saturday did nothing to dispel that. This game's All-American running back candidate? Damien Williams and his 22 carries for 167 yards and 1 TD, the 95 yard laugher that highlighted just about everything wrong with this run defense. Texas had absolutely no answer for Trey Millard leading the way up the middle, and Blake Bell did about whatever he wanted in goal-line and short yardage situations. The other side of the ledger? Texas's 23 carries for 74 yards. Again, Joe Bergeron had no room behind an offensive line completely incapable of clearing space, only gaining 1 net yard on 4 carries. He hasn't been able to get anything going since Malcolm Brown left against OSU. It wasn't the breakout game for Johnathan Gray we all hoped for, as he managed 16 yards on 8 carries. The only bright spot for the Texas rushing offense was Daje Johnson doing work on 4 carries for 41 yards. Where was he in the first half? Your guess is as good as mine. Take away his production and Texas goes 19 carries for 33 yards.

30 vs. 13: Oklahoma vs. Texas first downs

Just thought this was fun to see. Oklahoma didn't just manage a few big plays against Texas. They marched down the field time and time again. Of UT's 13 first downs, only 2 came on the ground. Of OU's 30 first downs, 15 came on the ground.

8 - 8 (6 and 2) vs. 1 - 1 (1 and 0): Oklahoma vs. Texas red zone scores - opportunities (TDs and FGs)

Another stat, another Oklahoma domination. 8 to 1 in red zone possessions. Texas's sole red zone possession came late in the game, well into garbage time. Oklahoma's red zone possession came early and often, and they rode the Belldozer to four early TDs that pretty quickly put the game out of reach. Holding a dynamic offense to FGs in the red zone is pretty important, and I don't think I need to say how back breaking those early TDs were.

11 - 18 (1 - 1) vs. 4 - 13 (0 - 1): Oklahoma vs. Texas 3rd down conversions (4th down conversions)

This one's pretty simple. Oklahoma was able to stay on the field all day long, and the Texas offense couldn't string together anything resembling a drive.

37:02 vs. 22:58: Oklahoma vs. Texas time of possession

If it felt like the Texas defense was getting worn down and the Oklahoma offense was on the field the whole game, its because both of those statements are true. This was especially true of the first half, where Oklahoma possessed the ball for 21:06 compared to Texas's 8:54. In that half, OU was 7 of 10 on 3rd down (with a 4th down conversion) compared to Texas's 1 of 6 on 3rd down. Speaking of that first half.

51 - 414 (8.12) - 36 vs. 23 - 65 (2.83) - 2: Oklahoma vs. Texas first half plays - yards (yards per play) - points

It was well over before half time. Each given 8 possessions in the first half, Oklahoma used 51 plays to go 414 yards and score 36 points, with 5 drives ending in 5 TDs and 3 punts. The Texas offense over that span went 8 possessions, 5 punts (all 3 and outs), 2 INTs, and a safety. 65 yards and the only points coming off of the Chris Whaley blocked PAT and Quandre Diggs return. Just another data point of a Mack Brown coached Texas team coming out and getting whacked to start the OU game.

That's about all I could stomach. I could mention the 3 leading Texas tacklers were secondary players, with Mykkele Thompson getting 12 and Carrington Byndom and Adrian Phillips getting 10 each. I could mention Trey Millard's 45 yards rushing and 119 yards receiving. I could mention the defense only getting 1 sack against the statue that is Landry Jones operating behind a supposed patchwork offensive line. But those are all just further data points illustrating the same fundamental truth: Texas got its rear whipped all day against Oklahoma again.

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