Posted September 15, 2013

Texas falls to No. 25 Ole Miss 44-23 to continue early-season tailspin

Mack Brown, Ole Miss Rebels, Texas Longhorns
Jeff Scott

Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown in the Rebels’ Week 3 win at Texas. (AP)

Texas’ worst nightmare was realized on Saturday night, as Ole Miss dismantled the Longhorns’ defense en route to a 44-23 win. Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace led the way by racking 240 total yards and three scores.

With ‘Horns quarterback David Ash out and new defensive coordinator Greg Robinson having only a few days to adjust to his role, Texas flopped. Ole Miss, which has plenty of talented players and should only become more dangerous as its young contributors gain experience, outscored the Longhorns 27-0 in the second half to close out the rout.

For a moment, after Texas weathered two early Rebels’ touchdowns, it appeared as if the Longhorns might bounce back. They rattled off 23 straight points to pour a bucket of water on the firestorm of discontent that’s spreading in Austin. Yet the flames came back roaring back after the break, as running back Jeff Scott — who piled up 164 yards and a touchdown — helped Ole Miss bury coach Mack Brown’s reeling squad. With just more than nine minutes remaining and the Rebels up by 21, ‘Horns fans started filing for the exits:

Texas quarterback Case McCoy resembled his older brother Colt at times, completing 23-of-35 passes for 189 yards and a score. But McCoy scrambled too frequently and left himself exposed to punishing hits, which led to a fumble on one of Texas’ most promising drives of the second half. Running back Johnathan Gray finished the night with 90 rushing yards and a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Texas’ porous D, which allowed 278 yards on the ground just one week after surrendering a school-record 550 rushing yards in a 40-21 loss to BYU.

Former defensive coordinator Manny Diaz is already gone. Reports surfaced on Friday that longtime AD DeLoss Dodds is set to step down at the end of the calendar year. (The university denied those reports.) Even though Texas plays winnable games against Kansas State and Iowa State in the coming weeks, things have gone from bad to worse.

The ‘Horns’ Red River Rivalry game against Oklahoma is set for Oct. 12. It’ll be telling see how viable Brown’s future with the program is by then.

40 comments
Cougarblue
Cougarblue

Unimaginable! I just knew that the Horns would dig deep and all the 4 and 5 star studs would find some pride and play a great game. It wasn't to be, a 21 point loss after a 19 point shellacking. I didn't see the game other than the "highlights" but watching a rebroadcast of the BYU game keeping my eyes on the line play, BYU moved the Texas off and def lines at win winning the trenches. Something hard to believe, this was a BYU offensive line that had been reconstructed in a weeks practice, with a 4 star freshman as its only top recruit. How could they beat up a defensive line who were all returning highly recruited too? I keep wondering if this is the reverse universe from those old Superman comics, with Texas, Michigan and Nebraska looking toothless. Football's better when Texas is good, I hope Mack can find the problem and get it fixed. I looked up Greg Robinson's record, not too sucessful as a head coach or defensive guru, but who ele can fix the D?

Blinker
Blinker

Dang.....   that game was UGLY!!!!!!

deacon93
deacon93

Stick a fork in Mack Brown. He is done.

OK
OK

Here's hoping that the Longhorns' unfaithful and their girlfriends string up Ole' Mack Brown by his ankles from one of the goalposts and horsewhip him and their Humiliated football program for an entire month.

All that money, a personal television network, complete dictatorial rule over the cowering Big 12, and the Longhorns get their butts kicked by Mormons and Mississippians. Figure on Better Dead Than Ted Cruz blaming the Longhorns' complete and total humiliation on communists and terrorists in the athletic department.

crimsonmastodon
crimsonmastodon

Now I see why Texas is so adamant about NOT playing the Aggies!  If the Aggies had delayed their move into the SEC until 2013, they would have been conference champs of the Big 12 for 2012.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Every coach gets stale after awhile. Mack needs to move on. As Pigskinner said, a fresh start from top to bottom is needed here. Texas is still a school a lot of guys won't to attend, but it needs a bit of sprucing up. They need to start looking seriously for a coach now so they will be ready to pounce when the season is over. Because I doubt if they'll fire Brown during the season. 

Pigskinner
Pigskinner

A classic tragedy.  The rise and fall of an empire. Texas can rise again, but, they need to act NOW.  Clean house and start fresh with a TOP TIER Coach that can recruit top tier players.  It's not to late, but, it has to happen NOW, or we can be in for a decade long slump.

JohnStevens
JohnStevens

This isn't a tailspin.  Texas just isn't very good and hasn't been for a few years now.

mharris672
mharris672

Time for Mack Brown to step-down.  This action is at least 2 years overdue.  I'm also thinking it's time for the old athletic director to step-down too... yes, the guy who was on LHN last night saying Mack Brown is the right person for the job.  The team doesn't look motivated.  They're definitely not playing up to their potential.  They need the will-to-win!  A change in leadership is long overdue here.  Regardless, I'll still support the Horns.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

So, WHO is next to blame Mack? The new 'D' guy didn't do so well either.  Looks like the head coach CAN'T go much further.  Nice to see this arrogant school tank.   But it may be worth the price for their t.v. cable just to see them LOSE !!!!!!!!!!!!

BillFrain
BillFrain

the offense has little imagination.

the defense has more holes than an old pair of fishnet stockings.

the team looks like it's UNcoached.

if this was any other team the entire coaching staff would be gone, if not the AD.

we are supposed to be talent-rich.  our players don't look particularly talented.  some of the best qb's wanted to come here, but we we went with, and stuck with, garrett gilbert, who's delivery is as slow as fernando valenzuela, and david ash, who is 2nd string at best. at very best.

so, either the talent ain't that great, or we're not judging the talent correctly.  either way; clean house!

gmrk
gmrk

Does this writer know Texas has lost to Kansas State 5 seasons in a row?   KSU is young and unproven but I feel they have enough talent to beat Texas again, especially now.

jacff
jacff

Mack's gotta go, and his protector Deloss with him.  Deloss has presided over an increasingly atherosclerotic UT sports program, and almost destroyed the B12 with his greedy moves.  Heck, as it is the B12 isn't much more than a flag football league (I stole that from Jeff Ward of KLBJ).

Craig
Craig

Where's Dandy Don when we need him.

Turn out the lights........the party's over.

mystafugee
mystafugee

Oh the folly of the coordinator.  I love how fans believe a coordinator is going to magically change things.  Very few of them do and they fail for the reason the previous coordinator did: the players just aren't up to scratch.  

bbq4tw
bbq4tw

Time for Mack to go.  This is getting quite embarrassing for him and the university.  There's no reason for these kind of blow outs to happen with the talent UT has. 

Cougarblue
Cougarblue

Can we keep religion and politics out of this? If you were trying to be funny, you failed badly.

fsbrown87
fsbrown87

@OKTed Cruz went to Princeton loser. He couldn't care less about the Longhorns. That said he went to Princeton and you didn't so who is really winning. Who do you blame for life?

steelydan0613
steelydan0613

@crimsonmastodon We Aggies are aware of that, but still glad to be in the SEC........Oklahoma will administer euthanasia to the Longhorn 2013 football program in October..

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@Pigskinner its not about recruiting,  but coaching. The defensive plays undisciplined. There is plenty of talent on the field, but they can't tackle, don't ave any gap integrity, and constantly blow their assignments. That's all coaching

ProfessorGorilla
ProfessorGorilla

@mharris672 Before you get rid of the coach you have, make sure there's a good one lined up for you to hire.  Texas is a good gig, but no so good that it can hire just any coach you want.  You can get a great coordinator -- someone is going to snap up Kirby Smart one of these days -- or a coach who is up and coming through the smaller college ranks, or one like Bobby Petrino who has a dubious history, or maybe you could get an assistant coach from the NFL.  But you need to have a realistic appraisal of your options before you get rid of Mack Brown.  As bad as the past few years have been, you could still do worse than him.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@mharris672 Have you taken a look at their roster? It doesn't matter who you bring in to lead if the players who have to execute the game plan don't have the talent to do so. If you are talking change then you are talking a complete dismantling of the program from a-z and starting from scratch. Their roster next year has some game changers on it. This year was over before it started. 

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@WHO*IS*ESPN I see your medication isn't working again. it's amazing to see you comment on every single story on SI yet you have absolutely no knowledge of sports whatsoever. 

Cougarblue
Cougarblue

K-State and Iowa State should be walkovers. Both are challaged or beaten by FCS teams. The two losses were to teams miles better than KSU or ISU. Ash isn't a bad QB, steady not spectacular. If the running game was working he would look much better, but the RB's haven't shown up.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@gmrk KSU always beats us lol, even when they suck. I remember them being pretty terrible one year during the Colt regime, and they promptly gave Colt a concussion and won by two touchdowns lol

Omagus
Omagus

@jacff Are you a Longhorn fan? I'm just curious because, if you are, you're the first one I've seen acknowledge the significant role that Texas played in almost destroying the Big 12.

OK
OK

@Craig  

Dandy Don's dead.

Just like Mack'll soon be - if the Longhorns' unfaithful get their hands on him.

AaronDunckel
AaronDunckel

@mystafugee Texas has some of the best talent in the country on this team - they just have zero coaching to prepare, motivate, and coach them

OK
OK

"Ted Cruz went to Princeton loser. He couldn't care less about the Longhorns"

Are you, patriotic Real Amerikin (sic) claiming that Better Dead Than Dead doesn't give a hoot about the citizens of the Lone Star State?

'Cause what's more Texas than Longhorns football?

You ain't one of them Commies, are you?

OK
OK

@fsbrown87

Who do you blame for life?

Probably Better Dead Than Ted's Commies...

Pigskinner
Pigskinner

@BryanCustard @Pigskinner I agree the coaching has been below average, especially on defense since Mushcamp left, but, I disagree that there's plenty of talent on the field.  I think Mack and co. have missed on more talent than they've hit on in the last 3-5 years.  Mack's never been a great X's and O's kind of coach, but, he's surrounded himself with great coaches and coordinators and he used to be great at evaluating talent.  I don't think the team is as talented as people want to think they are.  The coaches/scouts aren't evaluating as well as they used to.  Couple that with bad coaching and you have what we are seeing now.  The most successful college head coaches these days are, not only good talent evaluators, but they're also innovative offensive or defensive minds, and that's exactly what Texas needs to find to lead this program into the future.

Cougarblue
Cougarblue

Good point, Arizona State made that mistake after firing Dennis Erickson who they shouldn't have "attracted" from of all places I-dee-HO in the first place. They were promptly turned down by everyone, including ex-UCLA coach Skippy Neuihisel and the current A&M head man. The only guy with a fair record who would apply was Todd Graham who screwed Pitt by moving west. Outside of Gary Patterson and Pat Fitzgerald who can Texas find with a record of sucess at the level? That's not saying either one will move one. FWIW-The Longhorns have the 2014 #1 recruiting class. They are FILLED with 4-5 star kids.

JonathanDavis
JonathanDavis

@ProfessorGorilla @mharris672  Clearly, the Professor does not have a degree in understanding football.  Texas is a top 5 college coaching job.  Fertile recruiting ground, great facilities, supportive fan base, stable administration.  On top of all of that, loads of money.  Honestly, every school in the country (with few exceptions) better hope Texas doesn't pursue their head coach.  And I write this as a Florida Gator fan who could really care less about any UT program that wears orange. . . 

southaustin
southaustin

You couldn't be more wrong. Texas beats out every school (including Alabama) when you measure the quality of the recruiting classes(as judged by the folks that grade the recruits)  in the last few years.  They are underachieving with better  talent than anyone else which means they have an inept coaching staff. They need to clean house and go after a top notch coaching prospect who has proven  that  he can overachieve with average talent. (like David Shaw of Stanford)

Aggie81
Aggie81

@Cougarblue than the one that they committed to.

I didn't realize that National signing day for 2014 had already past us by.  This past year, there were several HS athletes that signed with other schools