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In what is becoming a disturbing trend, the Longhorns were once again destroyed in the Cotton Bowl, a common theme in the Mack Brown era.
The only thing you need to know about this game.
David Ash may have broken his wrist
Just when it seemed like things couldn't get any worse, with about eight minutes left in the game quarterback David Ash took yet another hit from an Oklahoma front that had harassed him all day, tried to brace himself, and appeared to break his left wrist:
In all likelihood, Case McCoy will be the quarterback for the next few weeks.
He scored the first offensive Texas touchdown in the fourth quarter on a throw that MJ McFarland snatched off the shoulder pads of an OU defender and a pass to a wide-open Mike Davis streaking down the sidelines for the first offensive touchdown of the day.
Then Marquise Goodwin got a penalty for excessive celebration. Down 56-15.
is sealing his losing legacy against Oklahoma
Over the years, no other school has exposed the flaws in the Texas program like Oklahoma. After the debacle on Saturday, the Longhorns have been blown out four times in the Mack Brown era. Contrast that with only one victory that even approached a blowout -- the win in 2005, which, as convincing as it was, was hardly as resounding as the defeats suffered by the Longhorns.
OUtcoached. OUtplayed. OUthustled.— Texafornia (@Tony_Five_O) October 13, 2012
The tweet pretty much sums up a majority of contests between Mack Brown and Bob Stoops. As many fingers as there are to be pointed after a game like this, which seems to have even greater magnitude because the Longhorns are now falling into another stretch of losing to Oklahoma consistently, just when the program was supposed to be exiting the 2010-related malaise, Brown is the common denominator in the ongoing problems. Bottom line.
This was a 2011-like performance by the Longhorns. It's on everyone involved in the program, from the coaches to the players. Brown's not on the hot seat or anything like that, but this type of performance is all too common at this point.
It was a 2010-like performance.
At some programs, the simple answer would be to fire the head coach. For the Longhorns right now, as Brown isn't going to be pushed out, but does appear to need some type of quarterbacking brilliance just to win a game against Bob Stoops right now.
After the game, IMG radio man Ted Emrich said Brown was as beaten down after the game as he's been in the five seasons he's covered the Longhorns. As he should have been, but considering that hangdog Mack was supposed to have been banished as the result of his post-2010 changes, seeing that person again is alarming.
The narrative was supposed to be that the Longhorns were either back or close to it and the program looked as far away from that as they were last season.
Mack Brown has to look in the mirror again and decide if he's really the coach who can accomplish that return.
Summing up what it is
In the midst of a blowout in the first half, Bryant Jackson actually made a play on a punt return and had something to say about it. After failing to defend the flats throughout the early part of the game, Adrian Phillips actually got out there to defend the fullback in the flat, then had something to say when the ball was thrown short of the defender. Right before being beat in man coverage.
Add in whatever Goodwin did and that was pretty much what amounted to "fight" shown by the Longhorns on Saturday. Which wasn't fight at all, just a boorish and bush league approximation by a group trying to posture after executing what should be the minimum requirements to see the field not just at Texas, but at any program in the country.
It was a moral victory to see Adrian Phillips make a tackle late and then act like he had done so before.
That's what Texas football was on Saturday and it was absolutely embarrassing.
The touchdown pass to Trey Millard in the third quarter. The dangerous two H-back set in the backfield that gave Texas so much trouble in the rushing game. A straight-up defense called by Manny Diaz, all three linebackers biting hard on the play-fake, with Millard running free down the seam. It's what happens when the defense can't stop the run.
On the run blitzing
A similar play in the third quarter when Diaz tried to play straight up and Kendall Thompson and Steve Edmond were absolutely eaten up. So when the Longhorns weren't run blitzing, there was no chance of getting negative plays.
Blame it on Diaz for not getting the young linebackers ready to play, blame it on a lack of ability to teach the fundamentals to those players. Whatever. It's a tangled web, with accountability needed on all sides.
This is the test of how Diaz responds to being more than a thinker of the game and proving that he can be a teacher of the game. In a bottom-line business, the bottom line is now that whatever teaching Diaz has been doing hasn't been effective and talking about getting it fixed not good enough, by a longshot.
The Texas run game was ineffective
The offensive line didn't respond well, the tight ends and fullback aren't adding much in the blocking game, and Joe Bergeron continues to miss holes. It's clear that the Longhorns dearly miss Malcolm Brown and his creative ability, but the issues go deeper. The apparent progress that was made during the offseason has steadily been set back as the offensive line struggles to create any holes.
The greatest likelihood is that it continues to be a personnel issue, with poor play from the supplementary blockers and an offensive line that isn't strong enough across the board to consistently create space against defenses that are sold out to stop the run. A tough task, even if it was one of the best groups in the country.
And when Texas tried to throw the ball early in the game, Ash was constantly under pressure in a way that he hasn't been since about this time last year and he didn't respond to it particularly well, reverting to throwing off his back foot at times and then forcing some throws.
Flat-out regression all around, prompting Brown to call the offense "inept" after the game.
Brandon Moore injured, taken to hospital
In the midst of the Texas meltdown, the Longhorns suffered a scary moment in the third quarter when junior defensive tackle Brandon Moore went down on the turf for a number of minutes as medical personnel won't to immobilize him and remove from from the field on a stretcher.
The word from the sideline was that Moore could move his upper body and the subsequent trip to the hospital turned pre-cautionary as a result of neck pain.
On replay, it appeared that Moore may have taken a shot to his neck and back leaning into a blocker and getting a bit over-extended on his back. Thoughts with him, obviously.
Are there any positives here?
Having become the resident sunshine pumper in recent weeks, it would be understandable to have some platitudes right now. There are none. Not about advanced metrics, quality of competition, issues Diaz has to work around on the defense. None.
It's a day when there are few reactions to such a debacle that are too extreme. It's pretty much all on the table at this point, just try to behave yourselves a little bit in the comment section.