"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you."
2016 Texas Longhorns Football can be characterized as brief flashes of brilliance intermingled with long stretches of bumbling ineptitude. Tonight, the brilliance surpassed the ineptitude by the thinnest margin possible. But we're not gonna lie: beating Baylor was REALLY frickin' sweet and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
Once again, #SugarShane Buchele (#7) and D'Onta Foreman (#33) led the attack. Unfortunately, they were accompanied by a non-existent run defense, too many penalties/turnovers, and some flat-out strange playcalling from Charlie Strong and Sterlin Gilbert on offense. In the end, however, an offense that can put up yards and points in bunches covers a lot of sins.
The teams combined for 1200+ yards of offense. Baylor quarterback Seth Russell consistently owned the middle of the field, rushing for 138 yards in 15 to 30 yard chunks. On the Longhorn side, D'Onta Foreman's 250 yard performance made him the first Longhorn running back in a decade to rush for 1000 yards.
Otherwise, some notes:
- This team has absolutely no run defense. Seth Russell has too much room to run all afternoon. Even worse was the lack of adjustments once the issue became obvious.
- Cornerback P.J. Locke (#11) had a pick and made several big plays on defense.
- Amanti Foreman (#3) and Tyrone Swoopes (#18) both had first half fumbles; while Foreman's goal line mishap was followed by a safety on the first defensive play, there was no way to know that would happen at the time.
- Speaking of Swoopes, the way he was used today made no sense. Strong/Gilbert kept lining him up at running back in situations where it wasn't appropriate. Swoopes was visibly out of sorts all afternoon which led to him coming up short on a potential game-tying 2-point conversion late in the fourth quarter.
- Fox End Breckyn Hager (#44) continues to impress.
- Shane Buchele had a mostly strong performance, including a late touchdown to Andrew Beck (#47), but he had one hand-off in the second half where he literally handed the ball to the opposite side of the runner.
- Malik Jefferson (#46) should have had a fumble recovery for a touchdown with about 14 seconds remaining, but he got hosed on the call.
Longhhorns first Touchdown (Buchele to A. Foreman):
Longhorns Second Touchdown (D. Foreman long run):
Longhorns Third Touchdown (D. Foreman short run):
Longhorns fourth touchdown (Buchele to Beck):
Game winning field goal: