Pre-gaming with Schmidtty: UT vs. Iowa St.

It would be easy to go into a game with Iowa State a little overconfident, especially after going into Big Red nation and dominating T-Magic and the Black Shirts. But with the season the Longhorns have had thus far, no game can be taken for granted.

If you listen to Mack Brown talk about his team, you get the sense that is exactly the message they are preaching.

Longhorns bottle up T-Magic

Texas already bottled up one dual-threat QB this month. Why should we think Austen Arnaud will do any better? - AA-S Photo

“We’ve shown that we can come back after a poor performance,” said Brown. “Now we’ve gotta show that we can be mature enough to start where we are now and move forward after a good performance.

“We’ve also gotta put ourselves in a position where we start the season over.”

The season has started over for the Longhorns (4-2, 2-1 in Big 12). After a tough couple of weekends, the Longhorns still only have one conference loss. That loss happens to be to division leading Oklahoma, but this is not a position Texas hasn’t been in before. The Sooners would need two conference losses for Texas to be the South rep at the Big 12 title game, but OU still has difficult matchups at NO. 11 Missouri, at Texas A&M and at NO. 14 Oklahoma State left on their schedule. Texas has a favorable second half schedule with five of their remaining six games being at home.

But before we look ahead, let’s see what the Cyclones bring to the table. The last two head coaches have been former Auburn defensive coordinators, current head coach Paul Rhoads and Gene Chizik before him. They play a four-man front on defense and even though they only blitz about 13 percent of the time, they move their players around to create confusion. So even though Garrett Gilbert might have plenty of time to throw, he might get baited into making bad decisions.

The Cyclones have a three-year starting quarterback in Austen Arnaud (1,060 passing yards, 8 TDs, 7 INTs) and a feature senior running back in Alexander Robinson (488 rushing yards, 5 TDs). Expect to see a lot of zone read, counters and draws with this duo. Arnaud is a dual-threat guy, but the Longhorns have already shown what they can do against running QBs (see Taylor Martinez).

This should be an easy win for the Horns, but to be honest nothing has looked easy this year. Just keep in mind, Iowa State can beat Nebraska too.

Player of the Game Awards vs. Nebraska

Offensive POTG:

Garrett Gilbert (62 passing yards, 71 rushing yards, 0 turnovers)

Found his legs after rushing for only 14 yards in the first five games.

Most Productive OL:

Michael Huey (0 sacks allowed)

Did not allow a sack of Gilbert and helped running game gain 209 yards on the ground.

Big Offensive Hit:

Cody Johnson (11 carries, 73 yards)

Had 53 fourth quarter rushing yards including a 24 yard run on 2nd and 8 to extend the game-ending drive.

Defensive POTG:

Kheeston Randall (4 tackles, 2 QB hits)

Held Taylor Martinez to 21 yards rushing.

Hard Hat Winner:

Blake Gideon (4 tackles, 1 pass break up)

Gideon always lays the wood, this week was no different.

Special Teams POTG:

Malcolm Williams, Justin Tucker (2 touchbacks on kickoffs, 2 punts grounded inside the 20, and 2-2 on FGs)

Other than a pooch punt that was returned for a touchdown, a very strong day for special teams.

2 Comments

  1. KALIL says:

    Blown away by the amazing post Schmidtty… but so so sad about the loss.. :(

    Too bad Baylor is going to get crussssssssssshed this weekend!!!!

  2. jeffspeck says:

    Great Post Schmidtty and it looks like we did exactly what you, and Mack Brown feared.. Came out over-confident and we weren’t ready to play.. Too many mental mistakes which ended up costing us the game..

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