I am beginning to make a habit of underestimating this year’s Texas Longhorns, having predicted a two touchdown win over the Missouri Tigers yesterday. Instead, Texas dominated Missouri, running up a 35-3 lead in the first half. Texas lost focus in the second half, letting Missouri score a few times, and finished the game winning 56-31. In reality, the game was not even as close as the nearly four touchdown lead at the end suggested.
The atmosphere and crowd at DRK-Texas Memorial Stadium were electric, with 98,383 in attendance on a night with perfect weather in the low seventies. We were even treated to a burnt orange sunset.
Colt McCoy had an amazing game, finishing with an impossible 29 completions out of 32 attempts, throwing two touchdowns, and running for another pair. In the process, he solidified his front runner status for the Heisman Trophy.
Texas’ offense netted 591 yards total, while holding Missouri to 348 yards, most of which cam in the second half, when the outcome was no longer in doubt.
And while Chase McDaniels wasn’t nearly as god-awful as he was last week against Oklahoma State, his luke warm performance probably puts an end to his Heisman campaign.
So, two-thirds of the way through Texas’ nightmarish six game stretch, they remain undefeated, and lead the initial BCS standings. I’ve rarely been so happy to be wrong.
The road doesn’t get much easier at this point, with Oklahoma State coming to Austin next week, and a trip to Lubbock, Texas for the Texas Tech Red Raiders the week thereafter. I expect a solid victory against OSU, but am rather concerned about the snake pit that is Lubbock.
I still expect Tech to drop a game, but it will be against someone they should be beating, not necessarily against the top ranked team in the nation. Tech’s defense isn’t much better than years past, so Texas should move the ball at will. Our defense, however, may be due for a down game, so Muschamp better bring his best stuff.