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Monday, September 12


Gameday Report Card

Vince Young completed 18 of 29 passes for 270 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He completed passes to six different receivers, including two beautiful touchdown strikes, one to Limas Sweed and the other to Billy Pittman. His only mistakes came in the middle portion of the game when he tried to do too much. He’ll learn from that and emerges this week better than before. Wow, that’s scary.
Grade: A-

Between Vince Young (20 rushes, 100 yards), Selvin Young (5 rushes, 11 yards), Jamaal Charles (10 rushes, 37 yards), and Henry Melton (2 rushes, 2 yards), Texas managed 150 rushing yards against the vaunted Ohio State defense. But most of that came very early in the game. After Ohio State packed in the box, the Texas running game was largely contained. Still, the early running success eventually paid off, as Texas was able to pass down the field in the 4th quarter for the winning score. RIP Selvin Young. When he wasn’t fumbling, he was running straight into the pile at the line of scrimmage. The coaches said he injured his ankle. I say he’s just not very good. Welcome to your new starting role, Jamaal Charles. Charles wasn’t enormously effective, but he was a lot better than Selvin, he protected the football, and he impressed me with his toughness, despite being relatively undersized. Charles will make a fine feature back, and a very nice platoon partner with Hank the Tank.
Grade: B-

Well, well, well. Texas has a passing game. The questions lingering about who, besides David Thomas, could catch a pass were answered on Saturday as Billy Pittman and Limas Sweed caught Vince Young touchdown passes and helped balance the offense as Ohio State shut down the run. We’ve been very skeptical/critical of Limas Sweed at ATL, but he earned his keep on Saturday night, hauling one of the biggest catches in Texas football history. Pittman was outstanding, showing good hands and speed and racking up 130 yards in receiving. Equally impressive was Jamaal Charles, who caught 6 passes for 69 yards. David Thomas didn’t have his best game, but he’ll be fine. A great job by the receivers all around.
Grade: A

Give Vince Young a game ball, for sure. But the true heroes of this one were on the defensive end of the field. Gene Chizik’s crew were outstanding, making tough stand after tough stand after the offense went to sleep. Without their heroics, Texas certainly loses the game. Rodrique Wright was a force in the middle, the linebackers were ferocious and disciplined, and the secondary did a great job keeping Ohio State’s two big playmakers from breaking open the game. The lone touchdown scored by Ohio State was simply a perfect pass and catch—virtually impossible to defend. You simply can’t overstate how good the defense was on Saturday.
Grade: A+

Special Teams
An unmitigated disaster, and nearly the difference in the game. Six kickoff returns for 191 yards? The difference in average starting field position was nearly fatal. Again, without the defense’s otherworldly performance, this game could have gotten out of hand. The punting game was decent, though not great. Only David Pino saves this crew from getting an F, emerging as a reliable kicker in as pressure-packed a situation as he’ll ever face. A tremendous job.
Grade: C

We’ve covered this pretty exhaustively now. Gene Chizik did a great job. Greg Davis had his spots. Overall, the coaches had a good day, save the special teams coach, who ought to be fired. Mack Brown should get some much deserved credit. He’s not a brilliant game day tactician, a la Bob Stoops, but he continues to field nationally elite teams, and he’s finally winning some big games. He reminds me of Bobby Bowden, serving as a sort of Godfather of the program. He’s very, very good at it, and I’m very, very thankful that he’s our coach.
Grade: B+

Overall, you can’t say enough about this win. Texas wasn’t perfect, but that’s simply an unrealistic expectation in a game of that magnitude, in that hostile an environment. They weren’t perfect, but they were victors. For that, you simply can’t give them anything less than an A+

You beat No. 4 Ohio State in the Horseshoe and the coaches get a "B+"???!!!??? What the hell does someone have to do to get an "A" in your class? I'm glad I never had HornsFan as a professor.

I suppose the only coaching flaw is the lack of a full-time special teams coach... but you still have to give this staff an "A." Even Greg Davis called a good game.
The only reason the coaches didn't get an A was because of the special teams, which were truly befuddling. Note below, in the "overall" section, we get an A+. Still, you have to say that the Special Teams coach had a horrific day, one that could have cost the team the game.
I think the best way to describe myself right now is really damn happy. Incredible, fantastic, wonderful, elated, ecstatic, and overjoyed are also appropriate.
as a regular reader i just wanted to throw in my 2 bits without repeating too much that you guys have already said. I have watched the game 3 times now and:

Selvin Young – I wanted him to succeed this year. He waited his turn for 4 years, he got his chance and blew it. He knows where the bench is.

Jamaal Charles – Next LaDanian Tomlinson. I personally can forget about Adrian Peterson this year (the offensive lines may have more to do with that). He caught everything thrown to him, and he made at least the first guy miss if not the first several. that guys has great moves.

Ohio State’s Linebackers – Lived up to the billing against Vince’s Running. which leads me to:

Vince: has become a solid passing quarterback as well. he can throw a legitimate 12 yard out with zip and accuracy. hell yeah.

UT Defense – What heart. Never gave up on a drive even after the offense and special teams continually handed OSU great field position.

ABC Announcers - what douchebags. is that guy's name gary danielson? anywho the one who isn't musburger, almost started crying when ramonce had his terrifying kick return. they were doing all their analysis on OSUs big plays.

radio coverage: in the days of DVR the one thing the radio can't be is ahead of the TV broadcast. someone tell The Zone.

# 4 on Defense: Keaton is his name? a converted safety. huge dropped interception, but besides that a fantastic game.

Limas - i have been dogging him for a while now, but no more (at least until i see him miss a block on a screen and get jamaal killed again, or run a lazy route right at the safety).

Kick Off Team: what the hell are they thinking? did we not learn anything from the Rose Bowl? Specifically it is the right side of our coverage. why don't we just have our starting D on kickoff? seriously it would save everyone a lot of grief.

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