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Longhorns not much better than 2010 disaster

by Berry Tramel Published: October 9, 2011

Oklahoma beat Texas 55-17 Saturday, and I walked away from the Cotton Bowl thinking this: Can't blame that one on Garrett Gilbert.

The Bevo punching bag is long gone as the UT quarterback, even to the point of transferring, but the ‘Horns looked no better on offense than they did a year ago, when a 5-7 record cost more than half of Mack Brown's assistant coaches their jobs and Gilbert his football reputation in his hometown of Austin.

Case McCoy and David Ash were supposed to be better. They certainly didn't show it against the Sooners, each accounting for two turnovers.

Recklessness is what finally benched Gilbert, though now you know why he was playing. Mack Brown didn't have a bunch of better options.

The Real McCoy, Case is not. He's a far cry from big brother Colt. Case McCoy didn't appear to have the arm strength to play football at this level. Someone on our crew suggested he threw like Alex Cate, the OSU backup from two years ago who was ill-equipped for the job when given the chance upon Zac Robinson's injury.

Ash, a true freshman, looks like he could be a ballplayer. Just not now.

Before the Cotton Bowl, you figured OSU would have all kinds of trouble in Austin a week later. Now, you wonder how the Cowboys possibly could lose.

The talent difference is so vast among the people handling the ball. Texas' defense is not bad, but Landry Jones still torched the ‘Horns for 305 first-half passing yards. Brandon Weeden seems more than capable of something similar, especially with a superior running game, which OSU sports.

Plus, the Cowboys have the blueprint for how to take advantage of that talent discrepancy. Open the gates to go after Ash and McCoy.

“We sent some guys in there,” OU safety Tony Jefferson said of the Sooners' constant blitzing.

Texas blitzes were supposed to be the great equalizer. Instead, the Sooner assault is what turned this one into a rout.

“Get them under pressure, get them on their heels,” Jefferson said. “We did just that. The quarterbacks were just throwing it up.”

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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