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Sunday, November 1, 2020

HornsCorner - Game Recap: Texas vs Oklahoma State (2020)

HornsCorner - Game Recap: Texas vs Oklahoma State (2020)

by Nicholas "NinosCorner" Battle

I swear to you...I lose a year off of my life every time I watch a Texas football game and the Longhorn's contest against Oklahoma State wasn't any difference.  Texas defeated Oklahoma State in an overtime thriller; the third overtime game the Longhorns have faced this year.  The difference in this game, as opposed to the others was that the Texas offense did not carry the team.  Against Oklahoma State, the Longhorn defense was directly responsible for the successful outcome of the game.  

What was odd about this game was that the Longhorn offense manufactured 6 less explosive plays than Oklahoma State.  The Cowboy offense also created 285 more offensive yards than Texas.  So how were the Longhorns able to win this game?  The answer is the Texas defense that was able to create 4 turnovers compared to none for Oklahoma State.   Did the Longhorn defense give up a ton of yards?  Sure; however, Texas played stout against the run.   The Longhorn defense was successful against 62% of Oklahoma State's running plays.  They held All-American running back, Chuba Hubbard, to just 72 yards on 25 attempts. Hubbard's world-class track speed was not able to be utilized due to the swarming Texas defense, led by junior defensive end Joseph Ossai (we'll get to him later).  Texas sacrificed single-man pass coverage in order to stop the Cowboy running game.  

In regards to the NinosCorner Number (NCN) for the offense of each, both teams were pretty abysmal, posting a 31.9 point total for Texas and a 28.9 point score for Oklahoma State.  On the defensive side of the ball, Texas and Oklahoma State posted 68.9 and 48.3 points, respectively.  What was the difference between the disparity of points in both metrics?  Turnovers from Oklahoma State.  

Nino's Thoughts:

  • Joseph Ossai's draft day video will probably be all clips from this game and the Alamo Bowl game win against Utah last year.  This kid will be missed next year because he will be playing on Sunday's next year.  
  • The Longhorn's winning this game, albeit Sam Ehlinger posting a 22% Quarterback Success Rating, is pretty astonishing.  
  • Speaking of Ehlinger, he played his worst game of the year through 3 quarters; however, when his team needed him most in the 4th quarter and overtime, he delivered with 2 touchdowns and a 2 point conversion.
  • Jake Smith did his thing...that's it.
  • Josh Moore was non existent throughout the game until he was needed to deliver the game tying TD in the 4th quarter.  Kudos 
  • Overshown was all over the place again...way to go.
  • Ehlinger being sacked 6 times is inexcusable. The Longhorn offensive line cannot continue to give up these kind of numbers.
  • 5 explosive plays for the Texas offense is not acceptable either.  I know Oklahoma State has the best defense in the Big XII; however, only 5 plays of 15 yards or more is lackluster for this offense. 
  • The NCAA offense average Success Rate is 40%.  Texas had a Success Rate of 30.7%.  Oklahoma State's was 44.4%.  Texas still won the game.  Kudos to the Longhorn defense. 
  • With all the talk going on this week about Herman's future, it was good to see him win this game.  
  • Bijan Robinson with another start shows that this staff knows he's the man...and also shows a little desperation.  Whatever it is, he needs to play more.  He's effective when playing. 
  • Texas is 4-2.  Can they win out against West Virginia, Kansas, Iowa State, and Kansas State?  We shall see...

NinosCorner Number Definition

The NinosCorner Number (NCN) 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 (NCN-OFF) and Defense (NCN-DEF). To calculate the NCN-OFF and NCN-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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