Offensively: If Greg Davis is the offensive coordinator, Texas is 1-1, Garrett Gilbert played the whole game, and BYU won comfortably. Of course what I just typed is going to cause a hysterical and childish tirade among a certain segment of the HF population, but I’m far beyond the point of caring (just as I am far beyond the point in caring about people who have an obsessive need to be a contrarian for the mere sake of it about this Tom Landry grading thing). Yes, they only scored 17 points; they only gained 289 yards, etc. That’s certainly something to be concerned about. I recall a conversation with a former poster who, when outlining his conception of balance, said “ultimately I do also believe in balance. Not just in run/pass and not just in 21 vs. 10 personnel, but in responsibility. QB dependent offenses are terrific when you have one, but asking one guy to be great 14 games in a row is tough…At some point your QB is going to go 22/40 for 170 and I still want to be able to win that game.” You could run that quote by Bryan Harsin and Major Applewhite and they wouldn’t disagree with a single word of it, which is why they are doing what they’re doing. Gilbert had a horrendous half and was never heard from again. To be partially fair to Gilbert, Texas’ run blocking was rancid in the first half as well. Greg Davis wouldn’t have made such a move. He would have stuck to the original plan and when asked why he did such a stupid thing, he’d say “well they did something we weren’t expecting” or whatever he’d say. Anyways, the Texas offense had precious little contribution from the passing offense (i.e. the 22/40 170 performance in the aforementioned quote) and their young and bright coordinators still wanted to be able to win that game. So they put the ball in the hands of their playmakers in a variety of ways that should have, and did, work and the O ultimately came through. Even great offenses (and this offense is by no means great) are vulnerable to the kind of performance we saw tonight (i.e. Texas vs. Arkansas 1969). But as the old cliché goes, "Old ugly is better than old nothin. " Defensively: Now having said all of what I said about the O, the D clearly won the game. They didn’t look all that great in the first half, but how great can you be when the other team starts possessions on their own 42 and your 37 yard lines? They really only had 2 bad possessions, which of course were the 98-yard TD drive (obviously) and the drive that led to their final FG because of the dumb penalties that extended the drive. They 3-and-outted BYU 5 times, they forced 2 turnovers they held them to even fewer yards than Texas’ offense had, and they only allowed 16 points. Diaz had a great game plan that involved basically removing the BYU TE’s from the passing game and the front got excellent penetration in the run game. I remember a lot of people were fearful that these big bad Cougars were going to run Texas’ DL roughshod (the guys on the radio were in hysterics about it in pregame). They certainly lived up to that hype…by Greg Davis standards, I suppose. What I was also impressed with was Texas’ secondary hustling like mad men in the 4th quarter. That tackle by Adrian Phillips on that quick out was a thing of beauty. Their 4th quarter play is a reflection of the awesomeness that is Bennie Wylie. Special teams: one little kicker prevented a perfect 10/10 by tackling Marquise Goodwin in his first football action since, IIRC, last November 5 yards short of the desired yard line. No mistakes were made, Shipley had a great punt return, Tucker had a solid game, the KO coverage is slowly improving, etc. I have nothing bad to say about this unit except…DON’T GET TACKLED BY A KICKER, MARQUISE!