Tag:Fozzy Whittaker
Posted on: October 15, 2011 7:17 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2011 7:18 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Oklahoma State 38 Texas 26

Posted by Tom Fornelli

OKLAHOMA STATE WON. Oklahoma State scored more points on Saturday than it ever had before in Texas Memorial Stadium, beating the Longhorns 38-26. It wasn't the most impressive performance of the season by the Oklahoma State offense, as the Cowboys only picked up 423 yards of offense, but they did rush for 201 yards and still put up those 38 points. The most startling statistic in this game may be the fact that Brandon Weeden threw for only 222 yards and a touchdown. Jeremy Smith was the offensive star for the Cowboys, rushing for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 7 carries. Justin Blackmon caught Weeden's lone touchdown pass, and finished with 74 yards receiving.

WHY OKLAHOMA STATE WON. While it wasn't Oklahoma State's best day on offense, its worst days are better than a lot of other team's best ones. What really provided the difference in this one, however, was the Oklahoma State defense. Not that it didn't give up yards and points, because it did. The difference was that Oklahoma State's defense forced 3 turnovers from Texas quarterback David Ash, picking him off twice and forcing a fumble.

WHEN OKLAHOMA STATE WON. It was on that Ash fumble. Texas was down 38-26 in the fourth quarter with less than five minutes to go when Daytawion Lowe came on a safety blitz and jarred the ball loose from Ash while tackling him from behind.

WHAT OKLAHOMA STATE WON. The BCS rankings come out this weekend, and most projections had Oklahoma State ranked fourth coming into today's game. That's not likely to change, but this win also means that Oklahoma State still controls its own destiny. The three teams ahead of it are LSU and Alabama, who have to play each other, and Oklahoma, who Oklahoma State plays to end its season. So if the Cowboys win out, they're in a good position to be playing for a national title in January.

WHAT TEXAS LOST. The Longhorns are now 1-2 in the Big 12, two games behind both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, and both of those schools hold a tiebreaker thanks to beating the Longhorns. So there's no way that the Longhorns are winning the Big 12 this season or going to a BCS bowl game. Still, even though the Longhorns lost, there has to be some optimism considering how much better the offense looked this week compared to last. It's still very young, and inconsistent because of it, but there are signs that the future could be bright.

THAT WAS CRAZY. The second half of this game started with 14 points in 12 seconds. Justin Gilbert returned the opening kickoff of the second half for an Oklahoma State touchdown, and on the ensuing kickoff Fozzy Whittaker returned the favor for Texas.
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:26 am
 

Keys to the Game: Texas vs. Oklahoma State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

TEXAS WILL WIN IF: The Longhorns can find some consistency between Case McCoy and David Ash, and do not abandon the run game. Texas had trouble against the Oklahoma defense on Saturday, and the Oklahoma State defense is not the same defense. It will bend and break occasionally. Which means that Texas should give a heavy workload to both Malcolm Brown and Fozzy Whittaker on Saturday. Oklahoma State is only giving up 165.8 yards per game on the ground, but that's because opponents have been so far behind they couldn't run the ball. Not only could Texas find success running the ball against Oklahoma State, but most importantly, it will help keep that Oklahoma State offense off the field.

OKLAHOMA STATE WILL WIN IF: It can take advantage of a Texas secondary that finds itself rather thin these days. Considering that Oklahoma State is second in the nation in passing yards per game (431.2) and leading the nation in scoring (51.4 points per game), that ought to be music to the ears of quarterback Brandon Weeden. The Texas defense had been pretty good all season against the pass before Landry Jones threw for 367 yards and 3 touchdowns against it, and you can be sure that Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken will be watching a lot of tape to see exactly how Oklahoma attacked it on Saturday and will look to do much of the same.

X-FACTOR: The Texas defensive line. With a thin secondary, the only way the Texas defense will be able to slow down the Oklahoma State offense is if it can get to Brandon Weeden consistently. Something that will not be easy considering the speed Oklahoma State moves at, as it can wear down a line. Still, in order for Texas to be successful on Saturday it's going to need big performances from Alex Okafor, Jackson Jeffcoat, Ashton Dorsey and Kheeston Randall
Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:45 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 3:47 am
 

QUICK HITS: Oklahoma 55 Texas 17



Posted by Tom Fornelli

OKLAHOMA WON. Actually, Oklahoma won may not be the most accurate way to describe this game. Words like conquered, destroyed, annihilated, emasculated and torched describe what Oklahoma did to Texas on Saturday in the Cotton Bowl a lot better. This wasn't a Red River Shootout, unless a shootout generally involves one side showing up with automatic weapons while the other side bring rubber band guns.

Landry Jones got his Heisman campaign back in full gear by throwing for 367 yards and 3 touchdowns on the afternoon. All 3 of the touchdowns and 305 of the yards came in the first half. Ryan Broyles caught 9 passes for 122 yards and a score, while Kenny Stills caught the other 2 touchdowns for the Sooners. On the whole, Oklahoma's offense outgained the Longhorns 456 to 267, but that's somewhat misleading because the Oklahoma defense contributed 3 touchdowns as well.

WHY OKLAHOMA WON. Well, first and foremost, Oklahoma is just a better team than Texas is right now. There's simply no way around that. Not helping matters for Texas was the youth and inexperience on both sides of the balls, a secondary that was a bit think against a passing attack like Oklahoma's and turnovers. Texas turned the ball over 5 times on Saturday, and 3 of them directly led to 21 Oklahoma points.

WHEN OKLAHOMA WON. Late in the second quarter things were getting out of control when Oklahoma took a 27-3 lead following a Demontre Hurst interception that he returned 55 yards for a touchdown. However, Texas then responded with a 100-yard kick return by Fozzy Whittaker to cut the lead back to 27-10 that seemed to give Texas life. Life which Oklahoma quickly smothered by going 83 yards in two minutes and thirteen seconds right before the half to make it 34-10. The eyes of Texas had quarters placed on them at that point.

WHAT OKLAHOMA WON. Beating Texas is always a wonderful experience for the Sooners in this great rivalry, and this year it also moved Oklahoma one step closer to a Big 12 title. Still, I think the one thing that really made Bob Stoops feel good was getting some revenge on Bryan Harsin for his time at Boise State. The Oklahoma defense seemed one step ahead of Harsin all day long.

WHAT TEXAS LOST. This was Texas' chance to show the world that the program was back on track and that it could compete for a Big 12 title once again. It failed miserably.

THAT WAS CRAZY. The sheer domination by Oklahoma in this one was crazy on its own, but the fact that Texas came into this game ranked 11th in the country may have been the most insane part of all. I thought Texas was a bit overrated coming into the game based on what the Longhorns had actually accomplished so far this season, and they confirmed it on Saturday afternoon.
Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:19 am
Edited on: September 18, 2011 12:20 am
 

What I learned from the Big 12 (Sep 17)

Posted by Tom Fornelli

1. Oklahoma's defense is championship caliber. Having to go to Tallahassee to face a top five team in Florida State in only your second game of the season is not an easy test for any team. That being said, it was still a test that Oklahoma passed on Saturday night. Now, it was not a pretty game, particularly for Oklahoma's offense, as Landry Jones and the Sooners looked as discombobulated as I can ever remember them being in the last few seasons. Thankfully the Sooners defense was more than up to the task. Florida State scored 96 points in its first two games of the season, but the Sooners held the Seminoles to 310 yards of total offense and only 13 points.

The Sooners also brought the wood on defense, handing out some big hits -- including a scary one on Florida State receiver Kenny Shaw that ended up with Shaw immobilized on a stretcher -- and knocking quarterback E.J. Manuel out of the game. It was nice that the world finally got a chance to see just how good this unit is since the Sooners offense struggled so much. If Will Venables' unit keeps playing like this for the rest of the year, it's going to be hard to beat Oklahoma.

2. Texas needs to run the ball more. Texas's offense looked the best it has all season on Saturday afternoon in the Rose Bowl -- something about that venue for the Longhorns -- and it wasn't just because Garrett Gilbert had been replaced by Case McCoy. No, while McCoy and David Ash played well enough, it was the ground game that really carried the Longhorns. Texas rushed for 284 yards against the Bruins on Saturday, led by Malcolm Brown's 110 yards. Fozzy Whittaker also rushed for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns. Still, the more I see of Malcolm Brown running the football, the more I begin to feel that Texas may have finally found the back it has been looking for since the days of Ricky Williams and Cedric Benson.

3. If you offer the Big 12 cupcakes it will eat all of them up, possibly even the wax paper that comes with them. On Saturday Texas Tech, Missouri, Baylor, Texas A&M and Kansas State played New Mexico, Western Illinois, Stephen F. Austin, Idaho and Kent State respectively. In those five games the Big 12 schools outscored their opponents 250-20. Of those 20 points, 13 were scored by New Mexico and the other 7 were scored by Idaho on the Vandals' final possession of the game. Though I suppose it's possible Stephen F. Austin might have managed a touchdown against Baylor if the two teams had been allowed to play a fourth quarter.

4. Seth Doege is somewhat accurate with a football. Speaking of Texas Tech's scrimmage against New Mexico, quarterback Seth Doege made some history in the Raiders' 59-13 win. Doege completed 40 of 44 passes for 401 yards and 5 touchdowns. And he did this without playing in the final quarter. Still, the truly remarkable thing is that Doege's completion percentage of 91% is the highest completion percentage in NCAA history in a single game for a quarterback with at least 40 pass attempts. Who knew Texas Tech quarterbacks would still be re-writing history books even after Tommy Tuberville came to Lubbock?

5. Steele Jantz may not be the greatest thing ever. Last week I was very impressed with Steele Jantz's performance against Iowa, and apparently so was the Big 12 as he was named the conference's offensive player of the week. Well, let's hope the Big 12 wasn't watching Jantz on Friday night. Steele threw three interceptions in his first four passes of the game. Yet, somehow, someway, Jantz was able to recover from that terrible start and help lead the Cyclones to a comeback victory over UConn, giving Iowa State its first 3-0 start to a season since 2005. Iowa State would go on to finish the 2005 season 7-5 following a loss to TCU in the Houston Bowl.

6. The Kansas defense is terrible. I know that Georgia Tech's option offense can be tough to handle. I know this. Still, I don't care how tough it is to stop, that's no excuse for allowing it to rack up 768 yards of offense against you. No that is not a typo, and yes you read it right. SEVEN HUNDRED SIXTY-EIGHT yards of total offense. That includes 604 yards rushing! Georgia Tech ran the ball 50 times and averaged 12.1 yards per carry! Georgia Tech also scored a 95-yard touchdown on its first play from scrimmage, and then tossed in a 63-yard touchdown run, a 67-yard touchdown pass and a 52-yard touchdown pass just for added flavor. It was one of the most embarrassing performances I've seen from a defense in a long time, and that includes pee-wee games.

7. Weather is terrible too, but not as terrible as Kansas' defense. Once again college football saw games have to be ended early, as Baylor's 48-0 win over Stephen F. Austin ended after only three quarters. Which means that Robert Griffin's brilliant night (20/22 for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns, 78 yards rushing) likely won't count in the NCAA record books. To make matters worse, storms in Tulsa postponed the Oklahoma State/Tulsa game long enough that it is yet to kickoff as of the time this post was published.
Posted on: September 17, 2011 6:58 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2011 6:59 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Texas 49 UCLA 20

Posted by Tom Fornelli

TEXAS WON. The Longhorns got some revenge on the Bruins following last season's 34-12 loss in Austin, as the first game of the post-Garrett Gilbert Era went extremely well for Mack Brown and company. Thanks to the Texas offense limiting turnovers -- 1 of Texas' two fumbles came on a kick return -- and efficient performances from both Case McCoy and David Ash, along with another strong game from the Longhorns defense, Bevo and company never had to break much of a sweat.

WHY TEXAS WON. As I alluded to above, while the Texas offense didn't exactly blow the petals off the Rose Bowl, it was efficient and didn't make a lot of mistakes. It also took advantage of 4turnovers from the UCLA offense while using a nice balance of the running and passing attack. In fact, thanks largely to Fozzy Whittaker and Malcolm Brown, the Longhorns rushed for 287 yards. Keep getting performances like that out of the ground game, and it won't matter much who's playing quarterback.

WHEN TEXAS WON. The Longhorns jumped out to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter which settled this one rather early, but things weren't really complete until the third quarter. That was when Fozzy Whittaker broke free for a 36-yard touchdown run to extend Texas' lead to 42-20 after UCLA had cut it to a two-possession game.

WHAT TEXAS WON. Confidence on offense. I don't want to kick Garrett Gilbert while he's down, but the simple fact of the matter is that the Texas offense has just looked a lot better since he was replaced by the combination of McCoy and Ash against BYU last week. It's not perfect by any means, and McCoy and Ash are bound to make mistakes at some point, but both are just doing a better job of executing Bryan Harsin's game plan right now. Most importantly, they aren't turning the ball over, and with Texas' defense, that goes a long way.

WHAT UCLA LOST. A chance for a big win against a strong program, and quite possibly a chance at a bowl game this season. UCLA begins Pac-12 play next week, and with road games against Stanford, Arizona, Utah and USC on the slate this year, the Bruins may find it pretty hard to pick up 5 more wins with their schedule. And if they don't, that won't bode well for Rick Neuheisel's shot of returning next season.
Posted on: September 21, 2010 9:17 am
 

Longhorns searching for answers at RB

Posted by Chip Patterson

Even without many of the faces that took them to the national championship game a season ago, the Texas Longhorns are starting to creep back into the title hunt.  They received a first-place vote in the AP Poll, and have been bumped all the way to No. 4 in the Coaches Poll.  Texas Tech gave Texas a scare on Saturday, but the Longhorns relied on some rock solid defense to escape with a 24-14 win.
  
The Longhorns were able to escape Lubbock with a victory on Saturday evening, but it was not without cost.  With running back Tre Newton re-injuring his hip against the Red Raiders, the Longhorns are being forced to go deep into their depth chart, and possibly burn redshirts, to get healthy running backs out on the field.

Tre Newton aggravated his hip-pointer against Texas Tech, and isn’t 100 percent.  Fozzy Whittaker has a hurt shoulder and Cody Johnson still isn’t 100 percent after spraining his ankle in the season opener against Rice.

During the Tech game, Mack Brown told reserve back Jeremy Hills — who has asked to be redshirted — to get ready in case he was needed.The Longhorns also know they’ll have to discuss using some of their freshmen tailbacks, or possibly looking at D.J. Monroe, Brown said.
Statistically, the three back system of Newton, Whitaker, and Johnson has worked so far.  The trio has combined for 405 yards and 7 touchdowns in the first three games.  But with there be no clear front-runner for the most healthy and/or able, Mack Brown and offensive coordinator Greg Davis are forced to develop a strategy to bring their running backs to 100 percent health without sacrificing production.  

The Longhorns host UCLA, ranked 80th among FBS teams in points allowed, on Saturday.  It would not be surprising to see some of D.J. Monroe against the Bruins, a decision that would please much of the Texas fan base.  Regardless, arguably the most important game of the Longhorns' season is just two weeks away with the No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners awaiting them in the 106th playing of the Red River Rivalry.  They will need as much from their running backs as they can get, needing that win to claim the drivers seat of the Big 12 South.

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