Sunday, October 8, 2017

Longhorn results (finally) beginning to match potential!!!

"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
Galatians 6:9

We'll get to the kicking game, but otherwise we were very content with what we saw in last night's double overtime victory over an always difficult Kansas State team.

While neither was perfect, both the offense and the defense turned in solid performances against a challenging opponent.  The defense gave up a few big plays, but also stepped up and made several other plays when they had to.  On offense, Sam Ehlinger and a multi-faceted running game continue to impress.

But, unfortunately, there's the kicking game.  Junior Kicker Joshua Rowland missed two fourth quarter field goals.  Had Rowland hit either, overtime would have been avoided.  While the rest of the team stepped up during overtime, this was an unnecessary risk to an otherwise encouraging performance.

And it's not like this is a new issue.  Rowland is now 4 for 9 kicking field goals this season.  And this follows on the debacles we've seen recently with Trent Domingue and Nick Rose.  This has been a problem for several seasons and we have no idea why it hasn't been addressed.

That being said, it's also worth noting that the mistakes never spiraled out of control.  When they were made, they were acknowledged and contained.  That, right there, is the difference between Tom Herman and Charlie Strong.

Finally, we don't have time to go into detail, but props to the following: Chris Warren, Kyle Porter, Toneil Carter, Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, Lil'Jordan Humphrey, Jerrod Heard, Malik Jefferson, Breckyn Hegar, while punter Michael Dickson remain a freak of nature!!!

Bottom Line: If they can get the kicking issues resolved, this team can be dangerous!!!



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