Saturday, September 10, 2011
Halftime analysis: BYU 13, Texas 3
By David Ubben
AUSTIN, Texas -- Time to look back on a pretty eventful half.
Turning point: After its first possession of the second quarter, Texas benched Garrett Gilbert, despite sticking with the junior through 10 touchdowns and 17 interceptions a year ago. By the time he was benched, he had completed 2-of-8 passes for eight yards and two interceptions.
Stat of the half: Texas' first six possessions went punt, punt, interception, interception, punt, punt, with just one first down through the first quarter and a half.
Best player in the half: Jake Heaps, QB, BYU. Heaps has been efficient, made plays when given the opportunity and consistently found open targets while moving the Cougars offense up the field. He's only 14-of-24 for 153 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his own territory, but he helped BYU go 82 yards in eight plays for the game's lone touchdown. It's pretty slim pickings for this group, honestly. No one's dominated on defense.
What Texas needs to do: Ditch the two-quarterback act and stick with either Case McCoy or David Ash in the second half, barring a stalled offense or turnovers. The Longhorns have a revolving door currently, with Ash coming in to use his legs and McCoy focused on the most complete version of the offense. Texas has no offensive identity right now, and somebody has to establish some rhythm. That's not going to happen if both guys are constantly sprinting on and off the field. Ash can offer a lot with his legs, but Texas needs its offense to settle down. Settling on one QB is a good way to get that started.