As important as the rivalry is (and, I hate to tell Ags, was probably the more important of the two), its also a marker that tells us how our team is really playing this year. Every year this game seems to be a tipping point for the fortunes of the Longhorns - displaying exactly how well we might do against the conference play in the Big 12 and more or less setting bowl expectations. OU is always a worthy opponent, and in neutral territory, they don't want to take the slow, painful bus ride home, either.
|more or less the story of the game
Flat out, OU outplayed UT in every conceivable way for about 58 of the 60 minutes of the game. We couldn't even get the extra point after a fluke touchdown.
Today was one of the worst performances I've ever seen by a football team, and I am not referring to the show put on by the Sooners. UT just absolutely cratered up there, finding new ways to display ineptitude and managing to chalk up some terrible injuries in the process. Those of you who understand sports better than myself may know why this happened, but I do know we had less than 15 yards of total offense in the first quarter and our defense looked so porous, it seemed we had only 6 or seven players on the field at any time.
It doesn't mean I won't show up and watch the rest of the games this year, but it does mean that I have to recalibrate hopes and expectations, and, of course, we'll see what is said and done in press conferences and with coaching. Moreover, the team already seemed beset by injuries, and the team suffered all sorts of abuse from the beginning of the game, including a serious neck injury to a lineman.
Mack Brown brought UT a national championship, but I'm not sure even he can withstand the slings and arrows that come with big losses to OU and a third consecutive year where leadership at all levels appears to be in disarray.