- Carter Strickland, Reporter, HornsNation
DALLAS -- A look at who was up and who was down in Oklahoma's 63-21 rout of Texas.
Alex King: What? It was a tough week people. At least King was productive. The punter averaged 49.6 yards per punt. Three of his eight punts went for 50 plus yards and one of those was downed inside the five.
Schedule: Texas has lost nine straight to ranked opponents by an average of 17 points per game. Baylor is not ranked at the moment and could present an opportunity for Texas to bounce back from back-to-back losses. Additionally, Texas only has one more currently ranked team on the schedule, Kansas State. So the Longhorns might have a chance to get a few more wins.
Backup QB: Case McCoy came in late in place of an injured David Ash and proved that he is capable of leading a touchdown drive or two. McCoy could be the starter this week as Ash’s wrist injury looks to be something that might take more than a week to heal. The injury is to his non-throwing wrist, so whether or not Texas can bandage it somehow or not is not known yet.
McCoy was 5-of-8 for 102 yards with touchdown passes of 44 and 18 yards.
Defense: The Texas defense allowed 677 yards and 7.5 yards per play. They also allowed a 95-yard touchdown run. So last week, Texas allowed a backup 207 rushing yards. Against Oklahoma State, the Longhorns allowed Joseph Randle to go for 199. And Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott went for a 48-yard touchdown against the Longhorns.
Offense: Mack Brown called the Texas offense inept. It’s unusual for Brown to call out one side of the ball in such a manner. But it is not hard to understand why. The Texas offense had 14 yards through the first 20 minutes of the Oklahoma game and two first downs in the entire first half. Now it could be without starting quarterback Ash as he went down in the fourth quarter. Texas has been unable to get the ball to playmakers in crucial situations. Against West Virginia, Texas failed to score when it recovered a fumble at the 12 late. Against OU, Texas never got started.
Coaching: Clearly whatever Brown and this staff are doing to get the players ready for big games is not working. Texas is now 0-9 against top 25 teams and has lost those games by an average of 17 points each. Five of the nine losses have come by 12 or more points. The two losses to Oklahoma have been by an average of 40 points.