September 23, 2006

Five Q's following ISU

How did the offense perform in its second real test of the year?

The Longhorns put up 37 points against a decent Iowa State defense, and the Longhorns racked up 439 yards of offense on the day. The numbers themselves are pretty impressive, and the truth is that Texas could have probably put up some more yards and points if it needed to.

Watching the game, it seemed like the Texas ground game, especially Jamaal Charles, was churning out a ton of yards. But in reality, Iowa State did a very good job of keeping Charles in check, holding the sophomore to 78 yards on 17 carries. Charles is always a threat to take a play the distance, but he's also taken too many negative plays this year, including 13 yards of lost yardage on Saturday. Those plays don't really hurt against a team like Iowa State or Rice, but Texas can't afford to find itself in long-yardage situations against the Oklahomas and Nebraskas of the world.

Henry Melton did look very good running the ball in place of the injured Selvin Young, and the Texas rushing attack continues to play well as a whole.

The passing game plan was safe yet again, but it's hard to argue with the results. Colt McCoy did have one interception on a poorly thrown out pattern, but he was very efficient for the rest of the game. McCoy finished the day hitting on 18-of-23 attempts in throwing for 212 yards and two touchdowns. He did have a couple of passes (including his touchdown to Jermichael Finley that was thrown into coverage) that he'd like to have back and one fumble, but overall it was a very solid performance for the redshirt freshman.

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