(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)
The Houston Chronicle called it “one for the ages” and it is hard to disagree. The Texas Tech vs. Texas game was an instant classic- plenty of drama and late game heroics.
I’ve discovered that I like classic games better when my team wins. C’est la vie.
Tech deserves a ton of credit. Their coaches out-coached ours, and their players were lights out. Texas starts three defensive ends on the d-line (all the better to sprint through big spreads on the offensive line and crush the qb) so Tech ditched their line splits and (shocker) ran the football down our throat and controlled the clock. Golf clap for strategery!
It would be nice if the multi-million dollar Texas coaching staff would
A. Teach proper kickoff coverage technique.
B. Not call a slow developing run play from the end zone.
C. Milk as much time off the clock as possible on what is certain to be your last offensive drive.
D. Have your offensive linemen hold when the refs absolutely refuse to enforce the penalty.
E. All of the Above
If you answered “E” give yourself a gold star- not that I’m bitter or anything.
Despite all of that, Texas took the lead with 1:26 to go in the game, and came within a dropped interception and single tackle on the games final second of somehow prevailing. Congrats Raider fans- see you in Austin next year.