The Biggest news of the Big XII South this weekend was the fall of the Longhorns to the UCLA Bruins. In a showdown between the #7 Longhorns and the un-ranked Bruins, the Bruins were able to pull off the upset…in Austin, Texas nonetheless. In the debate over which state produces the top football players with Florida, Texas, Ohio, California, and Oklahoma being in the mix, the score was settled in regards to California v Texas with over 80% of both teams being compiled of state natives respectively.
The story of the game was turnovers for UT and the strong rushing game displayed by the Bruins led by Johna Franklin. On the other hand, the rushing game for the Longhorns failed to ever gain liftoff with only 85 net rushing yards to the 264 and 3 touchdowns put up by UCLA. With UCLA having one of the weakest rush defenses in the NCAA it was a shock to see the Bruins defend the speed of Whitaker along with the rest of the Texas backfield. Although the quarterback for UT, Garrett Gilbert, did manage to gain 264 yards through the air, Gilbert and his receiving core only found the end zone once in 45 attempts, while the “Fresh Prince of Los Angeles” Kevin Prince only needed 9.
In my attempt to give an unbiased opinion (as Red Raider alumni) I believed at the start of the season the Big XII South Title was up for grabs between the University of Texas and Oklahoma University. With the coveted Red River Shoot Out next week at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Mac Brown and the Longhorns are going to have to go back to the drawing board and find a way to get the offensive front four to use their size to dominate smaller defensive lines, in order to allow Whitaker to reach the second level, and let him make the plays and take the pressure off the first year starter Garrett Gilbert. The now #21 Longhorns have their work cut out for them going up against an unbeaten Sooner team whose defense has managed to force and recover six fumbles along with six interceptions. Can the Longhorns turnaround and upset the Sooners or will Boomer Sooner take hold of the reins of the Big XII South?