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Sunday, November 10, 2019

HornsCorner - Game Recap: Texas vs. Kansas St (2019)

HornsCorner - Game Recap: Texas vs. Kansas St (2019)
by Nicholas "NinosCorner" Battle
The Texas Longhorns were in desperation mode Saturday afternoon at DKR Memorial Stadium.  They were on the verge of potentially losing three of their last four games; however, this Longhorn team showed the grit of a battle-tested team, pulling out a 27-24 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats.  

The Texas defense was abysmal in the first quarter.  During this period, the Longhorns allowed the Wildcats to post 14 points and tally 159 yards of total offense, just over 52% of Kansas State's total offense productivity.  When the Wildcats took their initial 14-point lead, I must admit; I did not have a good feeling regarding Texas' chance to pull this game out.  I thought the second Wildcat touchdown was going to be the pin in the balloon, deflating the "air" of confidence in this team.  Man, was I wrong on that assertion.  Texas rallied back to score 24 unanswered points, bringing Texas to a 24-14 lead in the 4th quarter.  In typical Longhorn fashion though, Texas allowed their opponent to score a quick touchdown on the following kickoff to keep the game close.  However, the Longhorns were able to secure the win with their final drive of the game, chewing up the last 6 minutes and 45 seconds of game clock, resulting in a game-winning field goal by Dicker the Kicker. 

For as much flack as I have given Texas defensive coordinator, Todd Orlando, over the past few weeks, I must admit he deserves a game ball for his coaching adjustments this week.  After the first quarter, the Texas defense only allowed another three points for the entirety of the game.  Orlando abandoned the all-out blitzes and transitioned to zone coverage to alleviate his cornerbacks from being on individual one-on-one islands in the defensive secondary.  The Longhorn defense was also able to make Kansas State a one-dimensional team by limiting the Wildcats to just 51 total yards of rushing.  All-in-all, the Texas defense kept the Longhorns in the game, and their efforts will be much needed in the next three weeks against Iowa State, Baylor, and Texas Tech.

The Texas offense was very balanced on Saturday, passing for 263 yards and rushing for 214 yards.  The star of the offense was sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram, who rushed for 139 yards, on only 16 carries, averaging an astounding 8.7 yards per carry. Quarterback, Sam Ehlinger, was the true field general he usually is, minus the one ill-advised interception he threw in the 3rd quarter of the game. 

Battle's Thoughts:
- Jalen Green...be smarter.  Your ejection for the first 2 quarters of next week could prove to be huge.  Remember the OkSt game last year where starting Cornerbacks Kris Boyd and Devante Davis were suspended for the first quarter.  Thant misfortune cost Texas the game, in my opinion. 
- Keondre Coburn is officially a grown man.  He constantly put pressure on the Wildcat offense.  
- D'Shawn Jamison had possibly the best defensive play of the game with his pass break-up in the end zone after Jalen Green's ejection.
- Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay...16 catches and 220 yards and 1 TD...enough said.
- Texas defense only allowing 2 yards/carry against Kansas State...call me impressed!
- I'm convinced that Dicker the Kicker has ice water in his veins instead of blood. 
- Chris Naggar was impressive in the punting game.  He got a lot of air under his punts on Saturday. Well done!

BattleStat Number Definition
The BattleStat Number (BSN) for the analysis of a team showcases how efficient a team is by calculating the offensive and defensive productivity of a team. These numbers are categorized into two sections…Offense (BSN-OFF) and Defense (BSN-DEF). To calculate the BSN-OFF and BSN-DEF, Offense and Defense Success Rates (OSR and DSR) will be analyzed to illustrate how successful and effective a team is.  OSR and DSR are calculated by accomplishing successful plays.  Successful plays occur when a play gains enough yardage to keep an offense progressing towards a 1st down (50% of yardage on 1st down, 70% on 2nd down, or 100% on 3rd/4th down).  A higher number equates to a better overall score.




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