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Texas DBs pay as OU needs to score style points

Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:39 pm

DALLAS -- They were visibly hanging their heads, the young, embarrassed members of the Texas secondary. They weren't just beaten time after time Saturday at the Cotton Bowl, they became unwilling witnesses to the phenomenon known as style points.

That's what it's down to now, right? Alabama is getting magazine covers. LSU is getting compared to Alabama. All Oklahoma has done since debuting at No. 1 in both polls is drop to No. 3 in AP and lose the media war.

So why not take advantage of a secondary that isn't ready for prime time, much less an 11 a.m. start in the Red River Shootout. Oklahoma's Landry Jones made sure the two sophomores and one true freshman who populate the regular defensive back rotation had their self-confidence sawed in half.

Then the third quarter started.

Yes, it was that bad in an Oklahoma victory that should at least keep it in the running for the national championship (sarcasm added). It should also have those Longhorns questioning how much real progress they've made this season. After a gutty one-point win over BYU and a fulfilling win at UCLA, found itself in the top 10.

Oklahoma punched more holes in the comeback attempt than it forced turnovers. And there were more than a few of them.

Last year at this time Quandre Diggs was at Angleton (Texas) High School. On the game's first play, OU's Ryan Broyles caught a sideline pass, turned and breezed past Diggs, now a Texas freshman corner, for a 40-yard gain.

With 31 seconds left in the first half, Oklahoma's Kenny Stills caught his second touchdown after bewildering Texas sophomore Adrian Phillips.

This secondary may be good someday. It wasn't Saturday. Perhaps there is consultant work in its future for LSU or Alabama on how to beat Oklahoma. Paid or unpaid, ask Ohio State.

Even in the second week of October, the season seems to be coming down to that. Alabama, LSU and Oklahoma have separated themselves from the college football pack. You better believe Sooners veteran coordinator Brent Venables wanted to make a statement with his defense. It took apart Texas' two-headed quarterback (David Ash and Case McCoy) enough to make you wonder if the Longhorns have made that much progress at all from last season's 5-7 debacle.

At least you could catch all the highlights on the Longhorn Network.


Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:28 pm

Texas DBs pay as OU needs to score style points

Mack Brown gets less with more than any coach in college football.  Only under Brown's guidance could a team loaded with 4 and 5 star recruits looks so outclassed

been saying it for a while yes texas owns on the field but how does mack brown not play or has not played in more national titles with all those star recruits....being a husker fan i would love to have 4-5 of those players esp a qb or two.

Since: Apr 18, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:50 am

Texas DBs pay as OU needs to score style points

I don't think Dodd watched the game!  Texas was loading the box and stuffing the run, so OU took advantage of them.  Landry Jones threw for 305 yards in the first half!  How many yards did he throw for in the second half?  DO you know Dodd?  It was 62 yards!!!!   Sounds like they were throwing the ball for "style points" to me (Note the sarcasm!).

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 9:02 am

Texas DBs pay as OU needs to score style points

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Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:25 pm

Texas DBs pay as OU needs to score style points

In a couple of years....been listening to that for awhile.  The problem here is that OU will never be as down as what Texas is.
OU has freshmen and sophomores who start.  They also have guys who are biding their time to get a shot.  OU's recruiting is so strong all over the country.  You guys are starting to sound like oSu.  Wait til next year when this receiver and this running back and this 35 year old qb are seniors.  You just wait...then we will win.  Been there heard it.  We don't rebuild, WE JUST RELOAD!!!Wink


Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:19 pm

Texas DBs pay as OU needs to score style points

If Texas was "not ready for primetime," then why did the sportswriters have them ranked 11th in the AP poll.  Half of the CBS sportswriters picked Texas against the 9.5 spread including that dumba$$ McMurphy.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 7:08 pm

Texas DBs pay as OU needs to score style points

I think we all knew Texas was rebuilding while Oklahoma is peaking. A blowout was no real surprise. I don't think "style points" mattered to Stoops as much as simply putting the wood to a rival while they had the chance. The tables will turn in a couple of years when all these Texas players are seasoned seniors and juniors while OU is starting freshman and sophomore. It's cyclical and this is OU's turn.

But if they run the table, I don't think there's any doubt OU will be in the national championship game. Eventually, Alabama and LSU have to meet.

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2011 6:49 pm

Texas DBs pay as OU needs to score style points

No Dodds you and CBS aren't at all jealous of ABC/ESPN!

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 6:02 pm

Texas DBs pay as OU needs to score style points

OU defense 21; Texas Offense 10........the other 7 was a return

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 5:58 pm

Texas DBs pay as OU needs to score style points

OK...maybe I should be a Dodd basher.....come on man...if it had been a close game would you say "Oklahoma always plays close games and shouldn't be the top team".....OU is damned if they do and damed if they don't....all they did was totally dominate an undefeated top 15 Texas team and now were wondering if OU is as good as LSU or Alabama????  of course they are....the good thing is, we'll find out in the end..till then, the media is wrong as usual...

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 5:30 pm

Texas DBs pay as OU needs to score style points

One thing Texas needs to stop is changing the QB's in and out. It doesnt help either guy get any continuity and comfort with the offense. Fact is they need to pick one guy and go with him. This system will not work.

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