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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

HornsCorner: Texas vs Utah - Alamo Bowl Recap (2019)

HornsCorner: Texas vs Utah - Alamo Bowl Recap (2019)
by Nicholas "NinosCorner" Battle
The only word I constantly repeated during this game was "WOW!"  With Tom Herman's track record in "big-time" games, I expected this game to be fairly close; however, I did not expect the outcome to be an outright thorough domination by this Texas team against Utah, the country's #11 ranked team.  My thoughts on the game are too much to type in a typical article, so I'll give you my inputs and thought below in bullet format:

- Interim Defensive Coordinator, Craig Naivar, put on a straight clinic on the Utah offense.  The constant use of a 4-man defensive line front is exactly what this unit needed.  Naivar's performance was an outstanding audition that leaves a lot for Tom Herman and new Defensive Coordinator, Chris Ash to think about in possibly retaining him this upcoming season. 

- Texas fans have been screaming to see Sophomore LB/DE, Joseph Ossai, rush the quarterback on a more constant basis.  Well, Naivar pleased Longhorn fans last night by letting Ossai rush the passer as a defensive end the majority of the game.  The result was 9 tackles, 3 sacks, and countless QB pressures.  Impressive!

- From viewing film of Chris Ash during his tenure at Ohio State, Ash utilizes a 4-man defensive line as his base alignment.  A projected 2020 defensive line of Joseph Ossai, Ta'quon Graham, Keondre Coburn, and Marqez Bimage would be very interesting to see. 

- Senior Safety, Brandon Jones, did not play last night.  As good of a player Jones is, the Texas secondary did not skip a beat last night.  BJ Foster took over Jones' duties and played well.  The secondary, even without Jones and Chris Brown (injured), was as healthy as it has been the entire year.  Kudos to that unit. 

- Since we're talking about the secondary, let's give a hand for Freshman DB Chris Adimora.  He made two really nice plays on deep balls and looked the part against Utah.  The fight for the starting cornerback position will be very interesting next year with Green, Cook, Jamison, Adimora, and Watson coming back for next year. 

- The Texas offense played with much balance throughout the game.  Sam Ehlinger commanded the Longhorns with ease.  This version of the Texas offense should be the standard every week throughout the 2020 season. 

- It was good to see Senior Wide Receivers, Devin Duvernay and Collin Johnson, go out on top with both having good games in a win.  These two will be truly missed next year; however, big things should be in store for each at the next level.

- Running back, Keaontay Ingram, had an overall amazing game.  His 13 rushes for 108 yards and 1 TD, paired with 2 catches for 26 yards and 1 TD, proved to be pivotal in the Longhorn win.  Freshman running back, Roschon Johnson, continually amazes as well.  His 6 rushes for 49 yards was a great compliment to Ingram and Ehlinger in the rushing game.

- The offensive line thoroughly dominated the defensive line of the #1 defense against the run in the country.  If I recall, only 1 penalty was against the unit; a hold by left tackle Samuel Cosmi, in the 3rd quarter.

The 2020 season should be very interesting to assess how the Chris Ash and Mike Yurcich hires will benefit the team.  An 8-5 season is not what Texas fans were clamoring for this year; however, the Alamo Bowl may provide the jumpstart for a more fruitful season in 2020. 

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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