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Monday, December 7, 2020

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

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

by Nicholas "NinosCorner" Battle

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. 




  • Where the hell was this Texas offense all year?  
  • More Bijan Robinson please!  Seeing Robinson tear the K-State defense up in this manner makes you wonder if he should have been starting all year long.  This all seems too familiar for true Longhorn fans who remember the 2001 loss to OU to the final score of 14 - 3.  During that game, true freshman running back Cedric Benson logged no carries for the entire contest.  Coach Brown started Benson the following week against Oklahoma State and Benson rushed for 131 yards and the rest was history.  You have to play your best players, especially at the skill position, no matter what their classification is.  If they're as good as advertised, they'll only be here 3 years anyways.  
  • Speaking of Bijan, he posted a 206 point NCN-Rush score.  Roschon Johnson wasn't too shabby either.  He also posted an astounding 124 point NCN-Rush score.  Game balls should go to both of these young men.
  • Someone on the Longhorn's receiving corp needs to truly step up and be the #1 receiver.  Earlier in the season, it was Josh Moore.  As of late, it's been Eagles.  Who is going to be the clear-cut consistent go-to badass Texas needs week-in, week-out? 
  • Speaking of the receivers, it was good to see Jordan Whittington healthy.  He and Jake Smith in the slot is what Texas fans have been drooling for over these last 2 years.  
  • Jake Majors looked really good at the center position.  Derek Kerstetter look more natural at the RT position.  This makes you wonder whether this should have been the starting line alignment since day 1.  From left to right: Cosmi, Angilou, Majors, Okafor, Kerstetter??  Things that make you say hmmmm.  
  • Speaking of Kerstetter, what an awesome scene it was to see him lead Texas Fight after the win.  Prayers to him for a speedy recovery.  
  • The Texas offense had 17 explosive plays, compared to 11 for Kansas State.  
  • Texas posted it highest NCN-OFF of the season (87.5 points) since their first game against UTEP and also registered their highest explosive play rate percentage (28%) for the season. 
  • Now, on to the defensive side of the ball.  The Texas defense was stingy in the passing game, only allowing 174 yards passing, tallying 2 interceptions, and getting 1 sack against KSU quarterback Will Howard.  
  • When Juwan Mitchell left the game for targeting, freshman linebacker Jaylan Ford stepped in and filled that role pretty seamlessly. 
  • Kudos to freshman safety, Jerrin Thompson, for stepping into the starting lineup in place of Caden Sterns (opt out for the NFL Draft).  Thompson finished with 1 interception, but could have easily had 2.  
  • Chris Brown...flex your muscles young man.  What a game you had!!
  • Joseph Ossai continues to be that "dude." It will be good to watch him on Sundays. 
  • Did Tom Herman just save his job?  If the Texas vs Kansas game happens and the Longhorns go 7-3 for the season, can Texas justify firing Herman, especially if Urban Meyer is off the table?  We'll talk about that later this week.  

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