Saturday, November 15, 2008
Halftime: Texas 14, Kansas 0
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has got to be hoping that Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips and Washington athletic director Scott Woodward have watched the first half of Longhorns' game today against Kansas.
The Texas defense has been magnificent in the first half, limiting Kansas to four first downs and 105 yards to help spark the Longhorns to a 14-0 lead.
Muschamp's unit came up big on two different occasions in the first half, turning away Kansas on fourth down after the Jayhawks had assumed possession in Texas territory. Add a fumble recovery and this one has almost looked like an informercial for Muschamp's future job hopes.
Other things I've noticed in the first half, from the overstuffed comfort of my recliner:
- Freshman Texas safety Blake Gideon has been all over the field. His blitz on fourth down helped spark one of Texas' key stops and he also recovered the fumble to account for the turnover.
- You would think the running games would be utilized more in a game where the weather conditions are so raw. Surprise. Texas has rushed for 36 yards in the first half and Kansas has been limited to 4 yards.
- It's really not surprising that the Big 12's wealthiest school takes care of the creature comforts for its players, is it? With wind chill well below freezing at Memorial Stadium, the Longhorns are keeping their tushes toasty along the sidelines sitting on heated benches.
- Freshman center David Snow made only one really noticeable error when his exchange was fumbled with Texas quarterback Colt McCoy the first time they went in a non-shotgun formation. But it didn't matter because Texas' defense turned the momentum around on the ensuing drive.
- Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier has had a rough first half, producing three catches for 14 yards. Meier looked like he tweaked his hamstring early in the game and was shaken up after a solid crunching in the Texas secondary late in the first half.
- Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo has been limited to spot duty in certain pass-rushing situations in the first half because of his knee injury. And Texas cornerback Chykie Brown didn't enter the game until late in the second quarter.