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The Rubber Meets the Road

1 Oct

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USC 27, Texas 24 (2OT) 

Sept. 16, 2017 • LA Coliseum

I desperately wanted to be in LA for this game! Any trip to Los Angeles revolves around spending time with our dear friends who live there, so that’s always a draw. But the chance to see these two teams play for the first time since Jan. 4, 2006 (a.k.a., the Best Day Ever)? How could I miss that?

Turns out Southwest will let your bags fly free, but YOU still have to pay. Alas, for this Texas-SC matchup, I’d have to let my friends in the Coliseum yell for me. Not that I didn’t yell in my living room. There was plenty of yelling and pleading and jumping going on at Casa Dub.

It didn’t start out that way, though. Confession: I thought we’d lose by 17. When our defense managed to contain the Trojans’ Heisman hopeful, their QB Darnold, I became hopeful myself. When DeShon Elliott got his pick 6 and we tied the game with 19 seconds left in the first half, I was really feeling it. Even after SC scored a quick 56-yard TD as the half ended, I BELIEVED.

As excited as I was to see our defense playing lights-out, I was frustrated to see our offense struggle. Specifically, I wondered:

  • On our first drive, why did we go for it on 4th and 2 at the SC 17? Yes, our kicker is untested, but don’t you try for the points there?
  • Why did we have TWO fumbled snaps? Yes, it was loud, but surely Ehlinger and the center practiced the SNAP, right?
  • Do those refs even know what defensive pass interference IS? Those corners were on our receivers like a sweater. No calls.
  • Where, oh, where is our dear Chris Warren??? I figured he was injured because if not, why in the world would he not be out there to help our struggling run game? They put him in the game later, and he finished with FOUR carries and 15 yards. Seriously? GIVE THE BALL TO C-DUB!

Like most of the country, I really thought we’d pulled off the upset when we scored with 45 seconds to take the lead. Of course, after that late-first half TD, we knew what the Trojans could do. And boy, did they. When they kicked that field goal to tie it up, I was sick.

Last year, a win over Notre Dame in double overtime made us think our team was all-caps BACK. This year, this 2OT loss may be a better indicator of how far we’ve come.

Hook ’em!

And here’s the NSFW Texas:img_3572-1

And why I was REALLY hoping no Girl Scouts or Jehovah’s Witnesses came calling while I was in our front yard:

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Down and Dirty

18 Sep

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Texas 56, San Jose State 0

Sept. 9, 2017 • DKR

I was fresh out of ideas. What could we use to represent the Spartans? I walked through convenience store snack aisles, and nothing jumped out at me. If only I had some Jose Cuervo—but then again, I probably would’ve drunk it all after that Maryland game.

Then Brett suggested I make a spartan spelling, drawing on this definition of “spartan”:

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Voila! This time I would spell Texas in the most frugal manner possible. No candy, no flowers, no toys—I would spell Texas with NOTHING.

Turns out, NOTHING is what the Spartans scored. Some might call an eight touchdown blowout boring. I call it DELICIOUS.

 

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What the Shell

18 Sep

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Maryland 51, Texas 41

Sept. 2, 2017 • DKR

It’s a brand-new season! We have a brand-new coach! We have a brand-new attitude! Here we goooooo!

Or not. Our D could not stop Maryland, not even when their QB was hurt and freshman came in to take the snaps. Our O couldn’t give Buechele much time in the pocket. And the play-calling? Same ol, same ol.

I spelled Texas with chocolate turtles for the Terrapins, but much like this game, this one ended up looking more like poop.

 

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