Instant Analysis: Missouri 17, Texas 5

November, 12, 2011
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How the game was won: Texas, which was missing its leading receiver and its top three running backs, was unable to produce any offense after the first quarter. Missouri, on the other hand, had a solid performance from quarterback James Franklin and its offensive line did a nice job of controlling the line of scrimmage.

Turning point: When Fozzy Whittaker went out early in the first quarter, Texas lost its leader and its only viable running back. Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown, Texas's two other running backs, were both already suffering from injuries and unable to play. Jeremy Hills, a little-used fourth stringer, was asked to carry the load and the Longhorns’ offense bogged down.


Unsung hero of the game: Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho held together a defense that was on the field for most of the day. Acho stripped a ball on Missouri's first drive inside the 20. He also was key in a third-quarter goal line stand. Acho did all that without fellow linebacker Keenan Robinson. Robinson went out in the second quarter with an injured thumb.

Second guessing: In the middle two quarters, Texas continued to stick with the run on first and second down even though Missouri was stacking the box and stopping Hills before any substantial gains. That left Texas with third and long all afternoon. The quarterback tandem of David Ash and Case McCoy were unable to convert on those third downs.


What it means: Texas, if it does not get healthy in a hurry, will be slipping in the bowl pecking order. Additionally, the Longhorns have to produce in the run game because neither quarterback is able to string together passes. Missouri now has a chance at a seven win season and could make the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

Carter Strickland | email

Reporter, HornsNation

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