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Mississippi rips Texas, 44-23. What now, Mack?

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After BYU sliced through the Texas defense for 550 rushing yards last Saturday, embattled Longhorns head coach Mack Brown‘s solution was to fire his defensive coordinator, Manny Diaz, and replace him with Greg Robinson.

Guess that didn’t help.

Mississippi stormed back from a 23-14 second-quarter deficit to score 29 unanswered points as the Rebels buried Texas in their own stadium, 44-23.

Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace went 17 of 25 for 177 yards and two touchdowns and also added 57 rushing yards (with a score) as Ole Miss (2-0) beat Texas (1-2) for the first time since the 1958 Sugar Bowl.

The Longhorns defense was better against the run this week (could it get much worse?), but it still yielded 272 yards and 6.0 yards per rush to the Rebs. Jeff Scott had a game-high 164 yards on 19 carries and also added a back-breaking 73-yard punt return for a touchdown late in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, the Texas offense was mostly tepid after getting off to a good start in the first half. The Longhorns put up 234 yards of offense and held a 23-17 lead at the break, but totaled just 86 yards and zero points in the second half. Case McCoy started in place of the injured David Ash and went 24 of 36 for 196 yards and one touchdown. Johnathan Gray led the Horns with 91 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

The question for Texas now is: How bad is this going to get?  Neither side of the ball is clicking and a downward spiral appears to be forming. This team has too much talent to get blown out by 21 at home against a team like Ole Miss, but what’s going to happen when Texas takes on the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Baylor? Is there a path to a winning season?

It doesn’t appear that Brown has any answers, unless he feels like firing offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and replacing him with another old hand. But maybe the real answer is for Brown to finally understand that after an illustrious career in Austin, it’s time for him to surrender his title with grace and ride off into the sunset.

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33 Responses to “Mississippi rips Texas, 44-23. What now, Mack?”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Sep 15, 2013 12:18 AM

    Who are they going to fire now? I suggest the Mack looks in the mirror. What a disappointment. Some day they are going to practice tackling. Might help!

  2. barnesaintnoble says: Sep 15, 2013 1:07 AM

    See: Lloyd Carr, Michigan, 2007

  3. lakynsmeme says: Sep 15, 2013 1:58 AM

    Really??!! Really?????? “This team has too much talent to get blown out by 21 at home against a team like Ole Miss” …..Just what kind of team is a “team like Ole Miss”?!!!!! A great team, that’s what!! Good grief!! Hotty Toddy!

  4. atmason says: Sep 15, 2013 2:31 AM

    What the hell do you mean “A team like Ole Miss”? They just beat the snot our of UT, and you write as if they are irrelevant.

  5. atmason says: Sep 15, 2013 2:34 AM

    “snot out of UT”-In case anybody wanted to rag me about that.

  6. noleitup says: Sep 15, 2013 3:15 AM

    I dont want to sound arrogant or really think my team my team is the best or anything (I’ll admit its bama)…. But I hope they come don’t come over and offer Jimbo Fisher big bucks. Being an FSU fan and recently going through the legend replacement coach thing I understand what Longhorn Nation is going through. If the decision makers find the right guy to utilize all of that homegrown talent, UT will once again be one of those teams that always seem to be able win a championship. Just take a look at my noles. #RollTribe

  7. helladonks says: Sep 15, 2013 8:00 AM

    lets not act as if ole miss isnt a good team.
    and what kind of “improvement” did they expect, what with bringing in a new coordinator 2 games INTO the season?
    but alas, i do believe its time for mack brown to step down gracefully.

  8. bstras2809 says: Sep 15, 2013 8:02 AM

    Mack’s gonna hear about this big time! Ole Miss is bad and Austin isn’t going to like losing to a team like that. They may claim SEC but until Miss wins something, this is a disgrace!

  9. dcroz says: Sep 15, 2013 8:15 AM

    I know a lot of people (including Lou Holtz) are saying, “Mack Brown is entitled to a couple bad years, Mack Brown should be allowed to leave on his own terms, Mack Brown is getting shafted, etc. etc.” But the reality is this: In four seasons, the Longhorns have went from playing for a national championship to trying to remain relevant within their own state. Texas A&M has blown way past them, not only stepping out of “big brother’s” shadow but casting a huge one themselves, Baylor and TCU have gotten much more positive press than the ‘Horns have lately, and Texas Tech looks to be back on the upswing. Even worse for Brown than losing recruiting battles for top talent in his home state is his poor evaluation of guys who went on to be superstars: he had no interest in Robert Griffin III, and he thought Johnny Manziel might make a decent safety. If Texas wants to give people a reason to tune in to the Longhorn Network, then it’s time to send Brown off into retirement with his well-earned gold watch and find someone who can turn things around in Austin.

  10. mrtreyseven says: Sep 15, 2013 8:20 AM

    Dude Ole Miss is actually good this year…had a top 5 recruiting class last year which included the no. 1 player in the nation, no.1 Receiver in the nation….This team is stacked if coached right this will just be the start for these boyz….,if Bama doesn’t do any DB replacement in a couple of years Ole Miss might win the West….up and coming

  11. dryzzt23 says: Sep 15, 2013 8:39 AM

    Ole Miss is an SEC patsy, they are not worthy of respect right now. Texas is down so this is not a big win for Ole Miss but it is a big loss for Texas.
    Just b/c a school is in the SEC does NOT make them great (see Tennessee, Miss. St, Miss, Kentucky, Vandy, Auburn, Missouri, Florida, Arkansas, and LSU).

  12. henryd3rd says: Sep 15, 2013 8:45 AM

    To all you spoiled University of Texas fans; get real. This team’s not that good and if you feel that Texas should always be in the BCS title conversation you’re be totally unrealistic. Just ask Notre Dame, Sothern California, Michigan and Ohio State’s fans how they feel about their present situations? Having said that Texas had better beat Oklahoma or its the highway for his ass.

  13. dcroz says: Sep 15, 2013 8:47 AM

    dryzzt23:

    Did you read what the poster before you said? The Rebs may not yet be at the top of the heap, but this team has come a very long way from the 2-10 debacle they suffered through in Houston Nutt’s last season just two years ago. And Bo Wallace is emerging to be another outstanding playmaker at QB with both his arm and feet the way that Johnny Manziel is (not saying he’s as good as Manziel, but who is?).

    And on your list of examples of not-great SEC schools…you list LSU??

  14. sanduskyshowerboy says: Sep 15, 2013 8:51 AM

    Noleitup:

    You make us fsu fans look bad when you say “roll tribe”. Please stop.

  15. dhardy8207 says: Sep 15, 2013 8:52 AM

    Ole Miss has a good team this year. Full of young talent but they had an excellent recruiting class this year…

    Not sleeping on them this year as I think they will give BAMA a fight for that game coming up soon…

  16. dubyad3 says: Sep 15, 2013 9:07 AM

    henryd3rd
    Sep 15, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT
    To all you spoiled University of Texas fans; get real. This team’s not that good and if you feel that Texas should always be in the BCS title conversation you’re be totally unrealistic. Just ask Notre Dame, Sothern California, Michigan and Ohio State’s fans how they feel about their present situations? Having said that Texas had better beat Oklahoma or its the highway for his ass.
    ___________________________

    Spoiled UT fans? How exactly are we spoiled? And do you think we really don’t know we aren’t that good? I didn’t read one post here of UT fans claiming they should always be in BCS convo. You’re an idiot and should probably stop talking because you apparently don’t know wtf you’re talking about. Moron.

    On to something logical and cohesive: We suck. Mack Brown needs to go.

    -Die hard UT fan

  17. bowwserr says: Sep 15, 2013 10:38 AM

    Listened to Bucky Godbolt and Erin Hogan’s postgame last night…E thinks Mack will announce this as his last season sometime this week. I’m not sure why this has to get ugly, or why we have to hate on Mack. UT faithful, don’t forget what that man brought you. I agree that it’s time for a shakeup; not only in football, but basketball and (sorry Auggie) baseball. Mack doesn’t need to be our coach next year. But don’t Florida State the man. Respect what he’s done, and remember that because of him we get to brag about being one of the most successful teams in the last decade. I’ll always be grateful.

    Hook em

  18. ancientcougar says: Sep 15, 2013 11:26 AM

    Looks like the “Good Ol Boy Network” has gotten short circuited.

  19. fiverings37 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:48 AM

    Old Mack is clearly finished. Just a question of when. During or after the season.

  20. waynefontes says: Sep 15, 2013 11:51 AM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Sep 15, 2013 8:39 AM
    Ole Miss is an SEC patsy, they are not worthy of respect right now. Texas is down so this is not a big win for Ole Miss but it is a big loss for Texas.
    Just b/c a school is in the SEC does NOT make them great (see Tennessee, Miss. St, Miss, Kentucky, Vandy, Auburn, Missouri, Florida, Arkansas, and LSU).

    ————————————————–

    Did you even bother to think before you typed that?

  21. raysfan1 says: Sep 15, 2013 11:52 AM

    Ole Miss is a good team this year, but Texas could not afford losing to them at home after already having lost to BYU. The Longhorns will now be underdogs against OU, OSU, Baylor, and Texas Tech. They could also very easily lose to Kansas State and/or West Virginia. In short, they might well miss a bowl game again.

  22. Brian Basher says: Sep 15, 2013 12:50 PM

    dryzzt23 says:
    Sep 15, 2013 8:39 AM
    Ole Miss is an SEC patsy, they are not worthy of respect right now. Texas is down so this is not a big win for Ole Miss but it is a big loss for Texas.
    Just b/c a school is in the SEC does NOT make them great (see Tennessee, Miss. St, Miss, Kentucky, Vandy, Auburn, Missouri, Florida, Arkansas, and LSU).

    Are you the college version of logicalvoicesays?

  23. dustinthewynd says: Sep 15, 2013 1:40 PM

    What is Ole Miss? Chopped liver? Why yes,yes they are…….they are middling SEC bottom feeders,only a deepsnapper or back-up place holder recruit better than Vandy. In all honesty UT should be able to run their 3rds out there and smoke em. (I hate texas btw) BOOMER!

  24. cometkazie says: Sep 15, 2013 1:59 PM

    henryd3rd says:
    Sep 15, 2013 8:45 AM
    To all you spoiled University of Texas fans; get real. This team’s not that good and if you feel that Texas should always be in the BCS title conversation you’re be totally unrealistic. Just ask Notre Dame, Sothern California, Michigan and Ohio State’s fans how they feel about their present situations? Having said that Texas had better beat Oklahoma or its the highway for his ass.
    +-+-+

    I guess if OU beats them by less than three touchdowns, it’s a moral victory for UT?

    Reminds me of when Curley and Gerry were at LSU.

    Give Ole Miss some credit. They beat a storied program at their place. I just wish I could have watched it.

  25. unclemoobaa1911 says: Sep 15, 2013 3:10 PM

    Hit the road Mack and don’t you come back no more no more!!

  26. atmason says: Sep 15, 2013 6:41 PM

    @dustinthewynd-In all honesty, UT did NOT run their 3rds out there and smoke Rebels..now did they?

  27. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Sep 15, 2013 7:54 PM

    Two things: Ole Miss is damn good & Mack Brown is gone after the season. And i’m gonna call it now, Ole Miss beats Bama in a couple of weeks.

  28. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 15, 2013 9:44 PM

    Bama doesn’t lose to Ole Miss

  29. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 16, 2013 12:15 PM

    Ole Miss is actually quite good this year. I honestly didn’t expect Ole Miss to lose to Texas. Bo Wallace is a very underrated QB.

    Ole Miss is going to surprise some people this year…. I just hope it’s not my Aggies….

    But to be really honest, and Ole Miss fans have to be at least a little worried about this, and no offense, but how does a program like Ole Miss get the #1 class in the country after a less than outstanding season. You have to be at least a little concerned about possible impropriety there.

  30. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 16, 2013 12:18 PM

    amosalanzostagg says:
    Sep 15, 2013 9:44 PM

    Bama doesn’t lose to Ole Miss
    ____________________

    Attitude like that is how Bama lost to A&M last year. Bama is luck they have C State instead of Ole Miss this week. Might have been a mirror image of last year except replace LSU and A&M for A&M and Ole Miss

  31. cometkazie says: Sep 16, 2013 2:57 PM

    Bama came off a tough game against LSU and looked it vs aTm.

    I totally agree with your other post.

  32. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 16, 2013 11:06 PM

    8to8,

    With all due respect, one recruiting season does not make a dynasty. Ole Miss did great recruiting and should be applauded for what they done. That being said, do you really think Ole Miss can stand up to what A&M faced this past weekend with an unbalanced eight man offensive line and a blocking back for A J to set up the play action play after play? I believe Saban will keep the same offensive set as a way to wear down Ole Miss (like they did A&M) defensively. Ole Miss is not A&M. Wallace is good but he is not Johnny Manziel.

    On a personal note, The former students of A&M that I had the pleasure to visit with this past weekend were nothing but exceptional and very gracious the entire three days in College Station. The University is impeccable and the students I encountered were very polite and quite sharp. I have said it before and I will state it again. The SEC is now your home and I for one and extremely proud to have you and the University of Missouri in the SEC.

    RTR

  33. cometkazie says: Sep 17, 2013 11:47 AM

    Well said as usual, Amos.

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