philosoraptor wrote:Having spent a mere few weeks in this lovely state, I am officially an expert on UT and Austin. Happy to answer questions about anything except our football team's temporary lack of skill.
Can you explain to me what the hell happened today? I was studiously poring over citations in the library, whilst I hear that our football team has lost again? What say you?
Since you, good sir, are a respected TLSer and UT upperclassman, I suppose I will make an exception to my above-stated policy.
What happened was this: Garrett Gilbert, a certified moron who gets no help from his lethargic and uncreative coaching staff, threw three critical interceptions that prevented himself and his Longhorn brethren from crossing the goal line. Four other passes, at least two of which were thrown directly to opposing defensive backs, would have been intercepted by any other FBS team.
His confidence thus destroyed, Gilbert's laudable attempt to lead a comeback from a three-touchdown deficit, though it at times approached what might be called heroism, was too little and too late. A sack deep in his own territory with a minute remaining squashed unceremoniously any real chance at a last-second score.
We wretched souls in the crowd were flabbergasted by the apparent inability of Mack Brown and his minions to adjust to what, to us, were obvious deficiencies in play-calling. Too often, a quick dump-off pass to a slot receiver on (or behind) the line with no blocking help and no clear running lanes would lose yardage and grind to a halt an otherwise promising drive. Too often, the young Mr. Gilbert would close his eyes and loft the ball into the corner of the end zone, when it was apparent throughout the contest that Iowa State was able to anticipate every route that might lead to that ball's being caught. Too often, the quarterback would get the green light to heave a pass to a wideout streaking along the sideline; invariably, such a pass would be underthrown.
The decision-makers seem to have nary a clue how to run an offense that cannot rely on Colt McCoy's dual-threat ability and his dependable connection with Jordan Shipley. We can only hope they figure it out before the season ends with the loss column outweighing the win.
And the defense? With so many turnovers and the offense's failure to sustain long drives, our valiant defenders tired quickly. Pure talent can last only so long against excited opponents who possess the ball well beyond their fair share.