Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/4/12
Good- Jonathan Gray and Carrington BynumIn his first start at running back, true freshman Jonathan Gray totaled 147 total yards. He was key in both starting the Longhorn offense, with 61 yards on the first drive of the game, and in helping to pick up first downs and run out the clock in the 4th quarter. On defense, Carrington Bynum was tremendous not only in coverage but on special teams. Bynum broke up 4 passes in the game, but his biggest contribution to the win was his blocked kick that would have made it a one-possession lead. Bynum also helped prevent a touchdown on that drive by breaking up a jump ball to Eric Ward in the end zone on first and goal from the 2. Bad- Tech SecondaryThough credit is due to Mike Davis for a big game, to me more of the blame should be given to the defense. On two deep posts that scored one touchdown and set up another, the safety was duped into coming up and the corner was playing outside coverage, allowed Davis to get inside. Anyone who has watched Texas in the last three years knows that Mike Davis is the Longhorn's home run threat in the passing game, and the play action post is his favorite route. Then, after being burned by it once, you'd think the defense would adjust. And on the other touchdown pass, a simple fade route down the sideline, the corner was in perfect position when the ball was in the air, but seemed to hesitate, just enough for Davis to get behind him and make the catch. Yes these were just three pass plays, but they were three very key plays for Texas.Ugly- Tech penaltiesBy far the biggest factor in Tech's loss was their drive killing penalties. In the second quarter, Tech looked poised to cut the deficit to 21-17 after holding the Longhorns to a 3 and out, and driving to the Texas 15. However back to back penalties (illegal substitution and chop blocking) brought them back 20 yards, setting them in a 1st and 30, and causing them to settle for just a field goal. But the back breaker was on their final drive when, on second and goal from the 2, Tech scored a touchdown which would've cut the lead to 31-29, only to be called back for offensive holding, leading to a field goal attempt that was blocked by Carrington Bynum. Penalties in general are hard for a team to overcome, but when you commit them in situations where you are trying to build momentum and make a comeback, they are impossible to bounce back from. 
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