In Saturday's renewal of the Red River Rivalry, Texas pulled out a 36-20 win over Oklahoma, as two top senior prospects -- Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin and Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat -- produced mixed results.
This contest showcased good and bad for Colvin, who finished with nine tackles and two tackles for loss. He plays with a tough-minded and physical mentality, but that aggressive nature also gets him in trouble when he bites on fakes and double-moves, something that happened a few times vs. Texas.
On third-and-long in the third quarter, Colvin was flagged for a pass interference penalty after he was caught with his hands draped on the receiver, giving Texas a first down. He was beat deep earlier in the game as well on a double-move, but an inaccurate pass missed the target. Colvin left in the third quarter and didn't return after suffering a left shoulder injury.
Jeffcoat finished with two sacks on the stat sheet, but both plays were more a result of coverage. NFL scouts want to see a big senior season from him, but he simply hasn't responded so far, heaping more mediocre play onto his season vs. Oklahoma.
Despite displaying quickness off the edge and the toughness to attack the body of the edge blocker, Jefferson doesn't do much after initial contact. He struggles to get creative with his rush moves and he doesn't use his hands correctly to shed blocks or keep blockers from his frame. This game was a microcosm of Jeffcoat's senior season -- even his highlight tape is extremely average.
Elsewhere in the OU-Texas game:
Texas sophomore running back Johnathan Gray ran for 123 yards, leading Texas to 254 rushing yards as a unit -- the second time the Longhorns have eclipsed the 250-yard rushing mark this season. Junior running back Malcolm Brown also went over the 100-yard rushing plateau, totaling 116 yards on the ground.
As a true sophomore, Gray isn't eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft, but he's definitely a future pro prospect.
If NFL scouts were looking for quarterbacks in this game, they were disappointed. It was a forgettable performance by Sooners' starter Blake Bell, who really struggled under pressure, converted only two third downs and was sacked on a critical late fourth-down try. His footwork and base were a mess, which really threw off his accuracy and caused two interceptions, one of which was returned 31-yards for a score by defensive tackle Chris Whaley. Bell finished 12 for 26 (46.2 percent) for 132 yards.
Senior quarterback Case McCoy started because David Ash was injured -- and while McCoy's stats are very average (13 for 21, 190 yards, two TDs, one INT), it was a few key pass plays that might have been the difference. While he likely won't be drafted or have any type of NFL career like his older brother Colt, McCoy can now say he beat Oklahoma, just like his brother.