Sunday, August 31, 2014

Texas Longhorn Defense Builds Coach Strong's Credibility

"However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.”
Mark 5:19

Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium -- Charlie Strong's debut as Head Coach of the Texas Longhorns revealed a team with tremendous potential yet struggling with the legacy of expensive ineptitude bequeathed by outgoing University of Texas President Bill Powers.  Thankfully, the Longhorns won 38 - 7.  For his efforts, Coach Strong was rewarded with his first (of hopefully many) Gatorade showers:

The Longhorn defense scored more points than they allowed.  They hustled for four interceptions (including a PickSix from Demarco Cobbs) and four sacks.  They gave up less than 100 yards of offense during the game.

Unfortunately, David Ash still sucks.  While the rest of the team performed admirably, Bill Powers' legacy quarterback reminded fans why his era has been known for chronic underachievement.  Ash was personally responsible for three delay of game penalties, which likely cost the team at least one touchdown.  He also fumbled two snaps, one of which led to the only points the Longhorns gave up during the game.  While it doesn't excuse his otherwise crappy play, Ash did score one rushing touchdown (along with a TD pass):

The Texas offense was aided by solid performances from the offensive line and running backs Jonathan Gray (82 yards) and Malcolm Brown (2 TD's).  Wide receivers John Harris and Jaxon Shipley also did their jobs as assigned.  Unfortunately, an offense is only as good as its Quarterback and David Ash sucks.

Based on tonight's game, 2014 Texas Longhorn Football reminds this author of 2014 New York Yankee Baseball.  Both teams are good at preventing runs.  Scoring them has been a problem for the Yankees and will be a problem for the Longhorns when the competition gets tougher.  Nonetheless, the positives from tonight's game outweigh the negatives.  The Charlie Strong era holds a LOT of potential for Texas Longhorn football once they find a decent quarterback.


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