Tavern talk: How Texas almost lost the game

Game Management this week takes us to the Nebraska-Texas game, where Texas almost cost itself a chance at the BCS title game. Let’s take a look:

Nebraska at 4:56 TEX 10 NEB 9

1st and 10 at NEB 31 Zac Lee rush for 17 yards to the Neb 48 for a 1ST down.

1st and 10 at NEB 48 Rex Burkhead rush for 5 yards to the Texas 47.

2nd and 5 at TEX 47 Rex Burkhead rush for 1 yard to the Texas 46.

3rd and 4 at TEX 46 Zac Lee pass complete to Brandon Kinnie for 16 yards to the Texas 30 for a 1ST down.

1st and 10 at TEX 30 Rex Burkhead rush for 3 yards to the Texas 27.

2nd and 7 at TEX 27 Rex Burkhead rush for 1 yard to the Texas 26.

3rd and 6 at TEX 26 Timeout TEXAS, clock 01:54.

3rd and 6 at TEX 26 Rex Burkhead rush for no gain to the Texas 26.

4th and 6 at TEX 26 Timeout TEXAS, clock 01:49.

4th and 6 at TEX 26 Alex Henery 42 yard field goal GOOD.

NEB 12 TEX 10

Adi Kunalic kickoff for 61 yards out-of-bounds.

DRIVE TOTALS: Neb drive: 8 plays 43 yards, 03:12 Neb FG

Texas at 1:44 NEB 12 TEX 10

1st and 10 at TEX 40 Colt McCoy pass complete to Jordan Shipley for 19 yards to the Neb 26,

NEBRASKA penalty 15 yard personal foul accepted for a 1ST down.

1st and 10 at NEB 26 Colt McCoy sacked by Ndamukong Suh for a loss of 2 yards to the Neb 28. Once a sack occurs and a team does not have a timeout, a spike is mandatory. Had they spiked the ball here, it would have been very easy to run a third-down play with more time and not risk the clock running out. Colt McCoy cannot take a sack, especially after a penalty, which stops the clock. They had not blocked Ndamukong Suh all day, so even a running play here would have been a good call. But taking a sack is bad.

2nd and 12 at NEB 28 Colt McCoy rush for a loss of 1 yard to the Neb 29. Throw the ball away — must stop the clock.

3rd and 13 at NEB 29 Colt McCoy pass incomplete.

4th and 13 at NEB 29 Timeout NEBRASKA, clock 00:01.

4th and 13 at NEB 29 Hunter Lawrence 46 yard field goal GOOD.

TEX 13 NEB 12

End of 4th Quarter

What I find amazing about this sequence is the fact the Longhorns get the ball with 1:44 to go in the game, which is a ton of time in college football considering that the clock stops on every timeout. So spiking the ball after a first down is like another time out.
Texas acted as if it had never in this situation before, and McCoy did not act like a first-round quarterback who understood all the options. This was bad.


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