Oklahoma State game honors and notes
Nov. 1, 2009
Texas-Oklahoma State Game Review
Players of the Week
Special Teams Honors
“Everyone is impressed with how our defense is playing at a championship level, and our special teams continue to perform as well as they have since we’ve been here. But we’re also really excited about the way Colt and the offense are playing. He’s three wins away from being the winningest quarterback in NCAA history, and that’s (winning) the most important stat to anyone. In a tough road environment, he led us on three big first-half scoring drives, including the 80-yard TD drive just before the half that really set the tone at Oklahoma State. He’s got the offense playing very efficiently and I’m excited to watch them continue to improve down the stretch.”
"The only thing that is important to us now is Central Florida. Since it’s not a conference game, it’s a national game that can impact our national rankings. We need to continue to play to the standard of one of the top teams in the country. Our guys should have great respect for UCF because we beat them in a hard fought 35-32 game a couple of years ago. A lot of guys from that team are still here. We will go back to work and thank goodness we still haven’t played our best game. We’re getting ready for a hard week of practice to work on the mistakes we made on Saturday and to continue to improve.”
“After a challenging and successful four-week stretch of conference games, everyone needs to be excited about this week’s game and get ready to play. That’s why we split the season into three groups. We’ve worked really hard to get where we are. Phases one and two were successful, and we’re 8-0. Saturday is the first game in a four-game stretch that starts a new season this week.”
“After three games away from home, we really need our fans to come early, be loud and stay late. It’s a great opportunity for all of us to show this group of seniors how much we appreciate what they’ve done for our program and how much we’re enjoying this ride they’re letting us be a part of now.”
STAT FACT: Texas is one of only three teams nationally with victories over two teams currently ranked in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Poll Top 20. The others are Miami and Oregon. Below is a look at the current Top 5 teams and their victories over teams in the current Top 20.
USA Today Coaches Poll
ALL FACETS: Texas can make a strong argument for being the nation's most complete team. The Longhorns rank among the top five in these major statistical categories on offense, defense and special teams (1st in scoring offense - 41.8 ppg; 1st in rushing defense - 52.9 ypg; 3rd in total defense - 240.8 ypg; 2nd in kickoff returns - 31.0 ypr; 5th in turnover margin - +1.25 and 5th pass efficiency defense - 95.15). Hunter Lawrence leads the Big 12 and ranks fifth nationally with 10.5 points and 2.0 field goals per game. His 10.5 points per game are tops nationally among kickers.
SHUTTING DOWN THE COWBOYS: The 14 points the Horns held Oklahoma State to were the fewest the Cowboys have scored since the season opener in 2007 at Georgia (a stretch of 33 games). It was the lowest scoring output for OSU at home since 2005 (vs. Colorado). The Cowboys’ 277 yards of offense also were their fewest since the Georgia game in 2007.
FAST ROAD STARTS: Texas answered the question about slow starts in resounding fashion on the road the last two weeks. The Longhorns have outscored their opponents 59-14 in the first half at Missouri and Oklahoma State. With 35 points in the first half at Missouri and 24 at Oklahoma State, Texas registered more first half points than either of those teams was allowing for an entire game on the year (Missouri 22.5 ppg / Oklahoma State 22.6 ppg).
ONE-TWO PUNCH: Texas' offense is the nation's leading scoring unit at 41.8 points per game while its defense ranks third nationally in total defense allowing just 240.8 yards per game. Over the last five games, Texas' defense has allowed just 188 total yards per game.
BALANCED ATTACKS: Texas continues to lead the nation in scoring differential. The Longhorns have scored 334 points (41.8 ppg) and allowed 109 (13.6 ppg) for a 225-point (28.1 ppg) advantage. The closest challenger is Boise State at a 219-point (27.3 ppg) differential (328 scored/109 allowed) and Cincinnati with a 210-point (26.3 ppg) differential (313 score/103 allowed).
POINTS OFF TURNOVERS: Texas is not only forcing turnovers with 26 (3rd-best in the nation), which is 10 more than they forced in all of 2008, but they also are generating points off of those turnovers. The Horns have scored 96 points off of the 26 turnovers or 3.7 points per turnover. In contrast, Texas is stepping up and holding opponents when the Horns have a turnover. UT has turned the ball over 16 times on the year and opponents have managed just 17 points off of those miscues, or about a point per turnover.
PICK PERCENTAGE: Since the fourth quarter of the Texas Tech game, UT’s opponents have thrown 164 passes and Texas has intercepted 15 of them, or one in every 10.9 passing attempts. Texas ranks second nationally with 16 interceptions this year.