November 25, 2007

The grades are in - A&M report card

With the season on the line, the Texas Longhorns saved perhaps their worst performance of the season on Friday in College Station. The offense was stuck in neutral, the defense crumbled against an A&M team that reinvented itself for one last game and the special teams let the team down when they needed them the most. It was just that kind of day for the Longhorns. Here's a position-by-position review of UT's 38-30 loss to the Aggies.

Grading scale

A - All-American level
B - All-Conference level
C - Average
D - Below average
F - Complete failure

Quarterback - There were some surprising and some not-so-surprising aspects of this game, but the most shocking performance in this game was the play of Colt McCoy/db]. After talking with him last week, I couldn't imagine a player in the world wanting to play in a game as badly as he wanted to play in this one. After watching him seemingly grow up in the last five games with some extremely poised play, I didn't think McCoy would see anything in this game that could crack his confidence, but his performance at times in this game was a complete 180-degrees difference from what was expected. After taking a couple of early hits in the game, McCoy seemed to play somewhat timid and he wasn't able to take care of the football. For whatever the reason, McCoy hesitated to run with the ball when give the chance and the decision to pass on those yards in hopes of a completion were costly at times. Not until the fourth quarter when the offense was in desperation mode did McCoy play with the confidence and a sense of urgency that was expected. At the end of the day, the final numbers were solid, but this game wasn't about stats, it was about production. McCoy couldn't lead the offense into the end zone on a drive that didn't start inside the red zone until the fourth quarter.

Grade: D

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