Friday, November 29, 2013
What we learned: Week 14
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas rebounded from its meltdown against Oklahoma State with a 41-16 victory over Texas Tech on Thanksgiving. A look at three big takeaways from the night:
Case McCoy and the Longhorns turn their attention to Baylor after routing Texas Tech.
1. Here's the formula: You want to know how Texas beats Baylor next week? Seemed impossible a month ago, that the Bears would put up 60-plus and Art Briles would have the last laugh, but Texas once again showed off many of the traits that have made this team a tough out in Big 12 play. A power run game, a menacing defensive line, strong play from the offensive line and secondary, a smart effort from Case McCoy, a defense that forces turnovers, the occasional huge play -- all that got put on display against Texas Tech. When it's not working, like against Oklahoma State, comebacks are very difficult. When it's all clicking, Texas can be pretty tough to beat.
2. Robinson deserves praise: He isn't one of the 40 finalists for the Frank Broyles Award honoring the nation's top assistant coach, but the job Greg Robinson has done to help Texas' defense get back on track this season remains impressive, almost shockingly so. You can tell that, nine games in, he's comfortable with the personnel at his disposal because he and his fellow defensive coaches are bringing new wrinkles to the table. The use of Jackson Jeffcoat in the "Viper" role with a three-man front against Tech was especially impressive. Robinson inherited a lot of talent, and this defense has proved to be a dangerous unit when playing to its potential.
3. The clouds overhead: Let's be honest, if Texas had stumbled and lost to a clearly inferior Texas Tech team, we all know what the narrative would've been. You would've heard people saying that was Mack Brown's final home game at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium. There will still be a few regardless, sure, but that kind of a convincing performance helps Brown's cause. The score was a lot closer than this game ending up being, truthfully. If Texas plays Baylor close or pulls off the upset, no matter the bowl result, Brown would have the right to say "good luck with that" to anyone calling for his job.