Set against the backdrop of the State Fair of Texas, the Texas Longhorns outplayed the Oklahoma Sooners in every aspect of the game in today’s Red River Rivalry. It’s hard pinpoint who had the best performance in today’s match-up; Texas quarterback Case McCoy did what he needed to do to lead the team to victory, running backs Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray both had over 100-yards rushing, and the offensive line had their best game of the season by far. However, if you are looking for the one person most responsible for today’s victory, look no further than Texas defensive coordinator Greg Robinson.
Since Robinson replaced Manny Diaz after just the second game of the season, the Texas defense has made huge gains. Sure, they gave up 30 points to a below average Iowa State Cyclones team, but Mack Brown himself admitted that they spent more time preparing for Oklahoma than they did for the Cyclones. Regardless, against the Sooners and for the first time in a couple of years, the Texas defense looked exactly like a Texas defense should.
In Dallas this afternoon, Robinson’s defense held the Sooners to just 263 offensive yards and 13 offensive points, and they came up big when it mattered most, holding the Sooners to just 2-13 (15%) on third-down conversions and 0-1 on fourth down attempts. Additionally, the Longhorn defense forced two turnovers, including a Chris Waley interception for a touchdown.
The Texas defense set the tone early in this game and never gave up.
It’s too early to tell if they will be able to carry this momentum forward as they face some of the best offenses in the country in their remaining conference games, but Robinson has certainly made a world of difference to this year’s Texas team. Without him, the Longhorns wouldn’t be sitting at 3-0 in the Big 12 with dreams of the conference title still very much alive.