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BYU sends Longhorns home in search of defense

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These are the games BYU needs to win if they are going to find a place in the evolving college football landscape as an independent. Texas had a running defense that had no answers for BYU’s ground game, allowing 550 yards on the ground. BYU used that to their advantage in a 40-21 victory against the Longhorns.

While this was an impressive outing by BYU, it was a tremendously disappointing performance for Texas. BYU lost the only two turnovers on the night but managed to put up 679 yards of offense to pound Texas, leaving some to wonder just what a program like Baylor may do to the Longhorns when the two meet later this season (regular season finale, to be exact). For Texas, this was a game to just try to forget and turn the page as they hit the bus to head to the airport going home.

BYU is known for their quarterback lineage of course, and Taysom Hill had another memorable night despite significant struggles passing the football. Hill was just 9-of-26 for 129 yards but he did his damage on the ground. Hill rushed for 259 yards and three touchdowns. Jamaal Williams also had a solid night with 178 rushing yards. BYU’s star linebacker, Kyle Van Noy, also had an active night to lead an aggressive BYU defensive effort against the visiting Longhorns.

Texas had their offense take a hit when Daje Johnson had to leave the game with a left ankle injury after just two rushes for four yards. Quarterback David Ash played most of the game, completing 19 of 31 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns before being taken out of the game with an apparent head injury. No matter who was on the field for the Texas offense though, this loss was largely due to an ineffective defense and it was not even close.

Texas hosts Ole Miss next week and will have to start finding something that works on defense. The Rebels are off to a 2-0 start and will be looking for some revenge after losing to the Longhorns last season. Ole Miss has some young players already finding their roles in this program and if Texas struggles on defense again they could easily fall victim at home to the SEC visitors.

BYU takes a week off before getting back on the field, and the next one is a big one. BYU hosts rival Utah, with the Utes off to a 2-0 start as they head in to Pac 12 play with a home game next week against Oregon State. BYU has some other intriguing match-ups on the schedule in 2013, with Utah State, Boise State, Wisconsin and Notre Dame before the season is over.

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19 Responses to “BYU sends Longhorns home in search of defense”
  1. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:29 AM

    Wow! All summer long the College Football Live sportscasters kept talking about how good the Texas defense was going to be. Maybe not!

  2. timh1955 says: Sep 8, 2013 12:34 AM

    My only question is will they fire Mack Brown during the season or wait until the season is over?

  3. ragingmouse says: Sep 8, 2013 12:46 AM

    Mack looked confused and hopeless on sideline…

    See ya Mack, buh bye!

  4. draconian1111 says: Sep 8, 2013 1:49 AM

    Mack Brown hasn’t been able to coach for years – he was shielded by talent a few years back.
    This is Texas – you can have just about any kid you want recruiting wise – so, there really is no excuse. Ash is your QB – very average at best – and that defense – OMG! Be glad it wasn’t Stanford…

    Sometimes – the game passes you by – it happens to ALL the coaches sooner or later – they just have to recognize it.
    Pick the issue – you can’t recruit, you can’t coach, you can’t hire a competent staff, you can’t draw out plays on a chalkboard, you can’t motivate – I see them ALL as a problem.

  5. realfootballfan says: Sep 8, 2013 3:10 AM

    Did I read that right, 550 yards rushing? Jesus freaking Christ.

    Texas needs to put Mack Brown out to pasture. If FSU could push Bobby Bowden out who was infinitely better with way more success, it’s way past time for Brown to go. This is embarrassing.

  6. v2the4 says: Sep 8, 2013 4:16 AM

    Im a texas fan, but I can no longer put on the orange colored glasses and defend what I and the rest of America saw tonight…..BYU RAN for 550 yards.550 freaking rushing yards…let that sit for a minute….I dont think a high school squad, not even a sorry one, gave up 550 yards rushing this weekend…this Texas defense, with 9 starters back from last years team who couldnt tackle..couldnt cover…couldnt rush the passer, are no different…same overhyped players…same freaking results…

    however, the coaches, Mack Brown, Manny Diaz and the entire defensive staff are more at fault than the players are this time….once BYU decided they could run right up the middle, or have their QB run an outside was open all night….there were no adjustments made whatsoever from the sideline…..Mack stood their holding his hands up….Diaz kept signaling in the defense and the other coach who you guys saw hollering with Mack and Diaz, DB coach Duane Akina, was probably asking what the hell was going on with the playcalling…

    this has reached critical mass now, in only the second game of the year…we heard all offseason about what the Horns were going to do, and how they were getting their swagger back and the whole nine, but you can take a horse to water, but you cant make them drink it….

    the offensive playcalling was no better….we have Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown, both 5 star rb’s out of high school, along with Joe Bergeron, another 4 star RB, yet we want to duplicate what Baylor or Oklahoma St or Texas Tech do and run an uptempo offense…thing is, the O-lineman at those other schools pass and run block….our O-line at UT just looks pretty in their uniform….that was a pitiful performance…

    This is pure BS anyway you shake it, and enough is enough….Mack Brown cant pull a Houdini act this time….he and his staff cant coach..and the only thing I think that will save face is for this team to win the national championship, but thats not about to happen, not with this group of players and coaches that he picked.

  7. dubyad3 says: Sep 8, 2013 6:52 AM

    Texas fan here. Been taking it easy on Mack but enough is enough. Like the previous poster said….Mack has his pick of the talent pool in the state of Texas…no reason for this. Sadly I think he’s buddy buddy with someone high up at Texas and he’s somehow for them fooled. So I’m not sure how long it will be before that person sees that Mack isn’t delivering.

    But I’m not a bandwagon fan so I suppose I’ll have to hunker down and weather the storm. Ups and downs, right?

    Irritated Longhorn fan

  8. chicagocane says: Sep 8, 2013 7:26 AM

    I just wanna thank the last two posts for laying it out there. Outsiders won’t hear stuff like that from most Longhorn fans Or the media…so thanks.
    As a Hurricane fan I feel your frustration but you all can turn this thing around pretty quickly if you dump ur coach sooner than.later.

  9. southernpatriots says: Sep 8, 2013 7:27 AM

    When the long-suffering Texas fans get tired of mediocrity and pitiful coaching of very talented players who are coached to not live up to their potential, it is over for Mack and I think it is now time. Texas fans who have long been patient, understanding and even defenders of Mack and his staff, are coming to the end of their reserve.

    No mention of what TAMU is doing, or that Mack puts his arm around Johnny after the state high school championship and tells him that he is the best player out there, and knows that Johnny would LOVE to go to Texas but does not offer him a scholarship to play QB.

    Call him gone (Mack), for he’ll be leaving, call him gone….It will be high time, because given a good coach over the past decade, Texas likely could have played for the BCS NC at least several times and had a chance to win one or more. Texas fans have that thought eating at them also…

  10. supremekingz says: Sep 8, 2013 8:19 AM

    Sad day for Texas fans. 550 yards is beyond embarrassing.

  11. matstery says: Sep 8, 2013 8:22 AM

    Another Texas alum here… I was at UT in the mid-to-late ’80s and watched the mighty program built by Darrell crumble into mediocrity. Mack deserves some credit for resurrecting the program and building it into the Goliath money-making machine that it is today, but the credit ends there.

    I think that once he won the National Championship in ’05, he hit the autopilot button and checked out. Even during the Colt McCoy years, recruiting was starting falter. In my opinion, they weren’t even playing good football during the Colt era, but the strong will of his (along with a handful of others) was enough to patch the cracks that were starting to form. The bomb-shell that blew the dam wide open was the Garrett Gilbert bust at QB — all eggs in one basket, and no Plan-B at all.

    I checked out 50% with the 2010 loss to Iowa State, but still had some hope after they revamped the staff that year. 2011 showed some improvement, but the 2012 losses to Oklahoma, Kansas, and TCU (yes, I count that KU game as a loss) showed that the problems went to the core of the program and my support dropped to about 20%.

    Mack has been telling us for three years to “wait until 2013”.

    Here we are.

  12. floridacock says: Sep 8, 2013 9:24 AM

    In hind sight it looks like a very good idea on Texas part to not play A&M any longer. Good thing the Texas fans have their own network because doubtful if anyone else will want to see their games this year

  13. cometkazie says: Sep 8, 2013 9:25 AM

    The Brown era has browned out.

    The Aggies have taken over football and track and field mainly because they have good coaches.

  14. thefiesty1 says: Sep 8, 2013 10:08 AM

    Complete embarrassment! The Head Clapper (you know, way to go boys, clap, clap) has got to go along with the line coach (that can’t coach how to block) and Diaz that can’t coach coverage and tackling. Playing NMState Junior High last week did not prepare them to play any “real” team. They might, repeat MIGHT be 2-3 going into the Oklahoma game. Unbelievable!

  15. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 8, 2013 10:41 AM

    RG III.
    Andrew Luck.
    Johnny Manziel.
    Jameis Winston.

    Four QB’s who WANTED to play for Texas, yet did not meet the “criteria” Mack demanded in recruiting. Garret Gilbert and Connor Brewer, who met Brown’s
    criteria, transfer out to SMU and Arizona.

    If such critical evaluations happen in your most critical position, what do you think happens to other positions on both sides of the ball?

    I would not be surprised if OU starts Buddy Bell at QB against Texas after seeing what BYU did last night.


  16. delashmit says: Sep 8, 2013 12:10 PM

    Well Mack Brown said the Longhorns were back. Unfortunately for the Texas fans, he was CORRECT. Back to AWFUL again.

  17. delashmit says: Sep 8, 2013 12:11 PM

    They gave up that many rushing yards to a team known for passing. SAD.

  18. cometkazie says: Sep 8, 2013 12:50 PM

    delashmit says:
    Sep 8, 2013 12:10 PM
    Well Mack Brown said the Longhorns were back. Unfortunately for the Texas fans, he was CORRECT. Back to AWFUL again.

    Waaaaaay back!

    “We’re behind the ‘Horns!”

    And the ‘Horns are behind everybody.

  19. realfootballfan says: Sep 8, 2013 8:29 PM


    Is that true? Why didn’t he want any of those players? He should be fired for that alone.

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