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And cue the 'fire Greg Davis' demands for Texas

Light the torches and wrangle up the mob. The anti-Greg Davis movement is coming on strong (again). The much-maligned offensive coordinator for Texas has faced some unkind words this season, but now the chants for a different direction are getting even louder.

Losing 28-21 to Iowa State was like ripping off a scab for Texas. It’s painful, but it also shows the wound that lies beneath. Even with Texas’ 34-17 win over Rice in week one, there were glaring wounds with the Longhorns’ offense.

No running game. No o-line. Questionable play-calling. The list goes on.

Eight weeks later, those weaknesses haven’t been fixed at all. Maybe it was Maybelline, but the win over Nebraska a week ago merely covered up Texas’ offensive struggles. In no way did it fix them.

So, today, when Texas fell at the hands of what was supposed to be a vastly inferior opponent, familiar grumbles reverberated through Texas’ capital city.

The Longhorns were simply out-played and out-coached and therein lies the problem.

Davis didn’t make Garret Gilbert throw three interceptions, but he was responsible for only six points through three quarters and an abysmal showing in the redzone.  Texas actually out-gained Iowa State on offense by 80 yards, but points matter most and, in the end, Texas didn’t have enough of them.

Statistically, Iowa State had one of the worst defenses coming into today’s game. The Cyclones ranked 104th in points allowed, but luckily for them, Texas’ offense has been equally as bad.

Let’s be clear: Texas’ media-anointed “defense of the millennium” didn’t do much to help the cause today, either. Still, the offense at some point has to win some games. That’s something they haven’t been able to prove yet and it’s something they may not.

Perhaps the scab will reform over Texas’ wounds; the Longhorns will certainly be licking them today. Just how long, though, will it be before the scab is ripped off again?

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7 Responses to “And cue the 'fire Greg Davis' demands for Texas”
  1. edgy1957 says: Oct 23, 2010 4:48 PM

    Frankly, Gilbert was the worst part of their offense, this game and the entire year. He has certainly not played up to the hype and he gave away this game in the red zone. Iowa State played their best defense like they did last year against Nebraska and their offense was able to capitalize on the Longhorns’ mistakes.

  2. mostlytexas says: Oct 23, 2010 5:10 PM

    Gilbert’s been a disappointment and was probably our biggest liability this game, but the larger problem for the season has been our receiver corps’ weekly ritual of slathering their hands in bacon grease before running out on the field.

  3. crazyguy says: Oct 23, 2010 6:36 PM

    Hook ’em… Cyclones?!?
    This is one weird season.

  4. funi says: Oct 24, 2010 12:30 AM

    Texas exposed yet again as a fraud! The refs gave them game at Neb last week and I am not a husker fan! In 99% of any other college programs people would blame the HEAD COACH! THIS IS CRACK BROWN’S FAULT! However ESPN will make him out to be the next Bowden for some reason!

  5. smithvillemike says: Oct 26, 2010 9:10 PM

    I was suprised by the performance of the defense last week. 28 points to IS???? from the best defense Mack has had here???
    Gilbert is pressing right now and starting to make some bad decisions. It’s desperation. Now, why is he desperate? His receivers aren’t catching the ball. I bet if you look at least 50% of his interceptions have come off balls bouncing off his receivers hands. In the young receivers defense, he does throw a bullet. I know the pass offense will work it’s issues out. There is just too much talent and desire there. I have no idea of when we will get a run offense.
    Now, how did IS get 28 points on Texas?
    Last, but not least, stop the hating… use that energy for positive for your team. Like the Nebraska fans.

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