Texas Longhorns: Jeff Scott

What we learned: Week 3

September, 15, 2013
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Texas dropped to 1-2 on the season Saturday after a 44-23 loss at home to No. 25 Ole Miss. Here are three things we learned about the Longhorns:

Still can't stop the run: Ole Miss played it smart. There was no need to get complicated on offense when the same play kept working again and again. The Rebels kept going back to the Jeff Scott sweep play, found zone read and play action wrinkles off it, and Texas just had no answer, much like the BYU game. Scott rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown and was never stopped once behind the line of scrimmage. Bo Wallace added 64 yards (excluding sacks), and together the combo was too much for the Longhorns to handle. As Mack Brown conceded after the game, you can't expect to win if you don't stop the run.

Defense needs time: Greg Robinson was not going to get this defense fixed with only three days of practice. He made one lineup change -- Josh Turner at safety for Mykkele Thompson -- but for the most part, ran a similar defense to what Manny Diaz put on the field a week ago. More changes should be on the way as Robinson gets comfortable with his personnel, and there's a lot of room for growth going forward. But the defense is still a serious work in progress after three games.

Offense needs Ash: Nobody would say it after the game, but Texas knew it couldn't run the exact same offense with Case McCoy running the show that David Ash is capable of. We saw a lot more power rushing, a lot more plays under center and less big-time play-action passing. Offensive coordinator Major Applewhite prepared a solid gameplan for McCoy that was well-executed in the first half, but it's still clear that this is a more limited passing attack when Ash isn't in the game. That's to be expected, of course, but we got a much better sense Saturday of why Ash makes this a more complete offense in several ways.
HornsNation is breaking down Texas' 2013 football schedule every Monday this summer. This week: The Longhorns' third game of the season vs. the Ole Miss Rebels on Sept. 14.

Ole Miss record in 2012: 7-6, 3-5 in the SEC

Last meeting against Texas: The Longhorns won 66-31 in Oxford, Miss. in 2012.

All time against Texas: Texas leads 6-1.

Top returners: WR Donte Moncrief, QB Bo Wallace, RB Jeff Scott, OL Aaron Morris, lb Denzel Nkemdiche, DL C.J. Johnson, DB Cody Prewitt, DL Issac Gross, DB Charles Sawyer

Key losses: TE Ferbia Allen, DL Gilbert Pena, OL A.J. Hawins, DB Wesley Pendleton,

Statistical leaders

Rushing: Jeff Scott (846 yards)
Passing: Bo Wallace (63.9 percent completion, 22 touchdowns, 17 interceptions, 2,994 yards)
Receiving: Donte Moncrief (979 yards)
Tackles: Denzel Nkemdiche (82)
Sacks: C.J. Johnson (6.5)
Interceptions: Denzel Nkemdiche (3)

Did you know: Ole Miss signed 11 high school All-Americans, including the No. 1 player in the country, defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche. The class, which consisted of players from eight different states, also featured top-five position players at offensive line (Laremy Tunsil), wide receiver (Laquon Treadwell) and safety (Tony Conner). ESPN rated the class No. 5 nationally.

Three things to watch

Stats that matter: Texas vs. Oklahoma 

October, 10, 2012
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Numbers, it's said, rarely lie. With that thought in mind, HornsNation -- with a healthy assist from the ESPN Stats and Info crew -- will dig into the numbers each week and pull three stats that could play a significant role in the outcome of Texas' game. This week the focus is on the Red River Rivalry as Texas is headed to Dallas to take on Oklahoma.

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William Purnell/Icon SMIJuco transfer Damien Williams is the Sooners' top tailback.
With all the talk about how well or poorly Landry Jones is or isn’t playing at quarterback for Oklahoma, one stat lost in the shuffle is that the Sooners are in the top four in rushing in the Big 12. Led by Damien Williams’ 85.3 yards per game, OU has piled up 190 rushing yards per game. Now while that is not quite the 300 per game Oklahoma State has averaged it still should be a concern for Texas given what the Longhorns have given up on defense as of late. After holding its first opponent to 69 rushing yards, Texas has allowed 211 rushing yards per game. In the last two games, Texas has allowed 199 yards rushing to OSU’s Joseph Randle and then 207 to West Virginia’s Andrew Buie. Even against Ole Miss Texas’s defense allowed a single back to victimize it. Jeff Scott had 95 yards on eight carries or 11.7 yards per carry.

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Missed tackles pile up for Longhorns 

September, 18, 2012
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Kenny Vaccaro didn’t care about the 66 points Texas scored.

It was the 31 points that the defense gave up that was driving him crazy.

"We had a lot of big plays but I think a lot of its gets canceled out by the big touchdowns we gave up," the Texas safety said. "You can’t give up big plays."

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Five Thoughts: Texas 66, Ole Miss 31 

September, 16, 2012
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Following Texas’ 66-31 win over Ole Miss, here are five things that stood out.

What a difference a week makes

Last week Texas finished the first half of the game with New Mexico with a total of 50 yards rushing on 10 carries and that included David Ash’s 49-yard touchdown run. Texas scored a late touchdown in the first half or it would have gone to the locker room with a 10-0 lead over New Mexico.

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Spruce Derden/US PresswireDavid Ash had his best game in a Longhorns uniform vs. Ole Miss. Now he has a bye week to prepare for Oklahoma State.
Texas goes on its first road trip this week and David Ash was 10-of-11 for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. The Texas offense had 285 total yards in the first half. They rushed for 182 for an average of 8.3 yards per carry. Texas beat up the Ole Miss defense with speed, power, passing and creativity.

Just for good measure to make sure that Texas played its best half of football in a few years, the defense had five sacks and two interceptions.

One week made a huge difference for the Texas Longhorns.

Big plays given up on defense

It was a shock that the Texas offense put up 676 yards of total offense against Ole Miss. It was a bigger shock to see the flaws exposed on the Texas defense over the course of the game.

There was the 75-yard touchdown to Donte Moncrief in the 3rd quarter. There was the Jeff Scott 48-yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter. There were missed tackles all night.

While I want to concentrate on the sacks and the interceptions, it is hard for me to get past the preventable mistakes of the Texas defense.

This defense has all of the talent in the world and has NFL talent at every level. The Longhorns will play better and they will get better week to week. They want to be more of the defense that played in the first half against Ole Miss instead of the defense with a lot of mistakes in the second half. Manny Diaz still has a laundry list of concerns for his defense. They are 3-0 and have played well at times but the film session as they pour over the Ole Miss video will not be a pleasant conversation.

Did Ash grow up right before our eyes?

We thought we saw the first stage of Ash's maturation in the Holiday Bowl win vs. Cal. If that was the first stage, Saturday night was a huge step forward for the sophomore. Ash was 19-of-23 for 326 yards and four touchdowns. It was his best game as a Longhorn by far.

Let's be honest, he threw some ill-advised deep passes but they connected with the receivers. While they might be a bigger problem against better defenses, Ash connecting with Mike Davis and Marquise Goodwin builds faith and trust in the quarterback to receiver relationship. That is more important than any technical flaw that could have lead to a turnover against the Rebels.

Ash grew up a lot and took a few huge steps toward being the quarterback that he wants to be. Now he has a week off to prepare for conference play where he will be required to add to his growth spurt and take his play up a notch against Oklahoma State.


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3 up, 3 down: Texas 66, Ole Miss 31 

September, 16, 2012
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OXFORD, Miss. -- A look at the positives and negatives from Texas’ 66-31 win at Ole Miss.

THREE UP

1. Big plays

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