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Charlie Strong debuts with dominating defensive performance

Charlie Strong

Charlie Strong wasn’t brought to Austin to take Longhorn decals off of helmets, move upperclassmen back onto campus and make players walk to campus. He was hired to coach defense and restore Texas’ identity as a hard-nosed football team.

So far, so good.

Texas completely shut down North Texas on Saturday night, defeating the Mean Green 38-7. The defense actually pitched a shutout – UNT’s only touchdown came on a botched snap inside the Longhorns’ own end zone – and actually outscored their counterparts by posting a touchdown of their own.

How about these defensive highlights?

- Texas allowed only 94 yards of total offense on 60 plays. That’s 1.57 yards per snap.

- North Texas quarterbacks completed 3-of-17 attempts for 15 yards with no touchdowns, four interceptions and a pick six. That’s a quarterback rating of minus-21.9.

- In 43 carries, eight North Texas rushers combined for a long rush of eight yards.

- North Texas was 3-of-15 on third down, and carried an 0-fer deep into the second half.

- Texas forced more punts (nine) than it allowed first downs (eight).

- When considering Texas accounted for 68 yards in interception returns, the North Texas offense had a net impact of 26 yards. That’s 16 inches per play.

The offense was a work in progress, as was expected. David Ash completed 19-of-34 passes for a modest 190 yards with a touchdown. Malcolm Brown, Johnathan Gray and true freshman D’Onta Foreman combined to rush 31 times for 184 yards and two touchdowns.

The only downer on the night was the loss of senior center Dominic Espinosa to an apparent ankle injury.  Strong offered no update in his post-game press conference.

Texas hosts BYU next week, while North Texas opens its home schedule against SMU.

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10 Responses to “Charlie Strong debuts with dominating defensive performance”
  1. canetic says: Aug 31, 2014 12:37 AM

    *against NORTH TEXAS

  2. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 31, 2014 12:39 AM

    Props to my horn friends.

    I hope your team plays my team in the national championship game.

    Both of our dreams are still alive.

  3. lsuzilla says: Aug 31, 2014 1:21 AM

    they beat N Texas. Wake me when they beat someone good.

  4. peddealer says: Aug 31, 2014 1:27 AM

    Michael Sam was caught sneaking into the locker room to sniff players underwear.

  5. touchdown26 says: Aug 31, 2014 1:57 AM

    But peddealer beat Sam to the dirty cloths hamper.

  6. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 31, 2014 10:08 AM

    I just found out they gave Charlie Strong a Gatorade bath for beating North Texas. AYFKM?

    What time does the parade start?

  7. Hard On For Harden says: Aug 31, 2014 10:14 AM

    @goodfieldnohit

    I’m not sure, but did your great grandfather have the privilege of attending A&M’s 1939 national title parade comprised of tractors down dirt roads?

  8. thefiesty1 says: Aug 31, 2014 12:06 PM

    A decent start. Let’s see what happens when they actually play someone the next two weeks. I don’t know why they bother scheduling North Texas, New Mexico State, etc. Nothing more than a glorified scrimmage.

  9. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 31, 2014 5:08 PM

    Texas fans have to be encouraged. Like many have said it was only N. Texas but the competition gets a little better next week as the horns try to avenge the 500+ rush yds the Cougars dropped on them last year. And then the following week we get to see how good the Horns really are.

    But it’s looking good so far. You’re supposed to crush inferior competition and they certainly did that.

  10. 13datsyuk13 says: Aug 31, 2014 6:40 PM

    While you all bash North Texas, keep in mind that their players and coaches put a lot of effort into showing up yesterday. Please have some respect for smaller schools who try to step up and play bigger competition. I assure you getting beat like that was frustrating for them but will give them direction for the rest of their season. I hope that no players or coaches have to read the crap comments you all have been posting about them.

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