October 14, 2007

The grades are in - Iowa State report card

Caught in the middle of a four-game Big 12 slide, the Texas Longhorns needed a game like Saturday's 56-3 win over Iowa State proved to be. The Longhorns flexed their muscles in every phase of the game and put together its second straight inspired performance. Here's a position-by-position breakdown of the win.

Grading scale

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

Quarterback - You just can't play any better at the quarterback position than Colt McCoy did against the Cyclones. I don't know if Gene Chizik took his lunch last year or what, but McCoy played like he was possessed from the moment he took the field. Overall, McCoy completed 23 of 30 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns, but those numbers don't really do justice to his performance. However, his exhilarating 44-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was one for the season-highlight reel and somehow seemed appropriate as a sendoff for his afternoon. He played completely under control in this game in this game and did a great job of walking the often thin line between riverboat gambler and solid game-manager. True freshman John Chiles saw extended playing time and scored his first-career touchdown, while also leading the team with 54 yards on nine carries. Overall, the quarterback position generated 400+ yards of total offense and six touchdowns. Oh yeah, there was also a big zero in the turnover department.

Grade: A+

Running backs - You know it's going to be tough to evaluate a position when Nic Redwine and Antwan Cobb combine for more carries than a healthy Jamaal Charles. The truth is that the Longhorns exploited the Iowa State secondary to such an extent that the running game barely factored in the eventual game plan. In fact, Charles didn't get his first carry of the game until the midway point of the second quarter. He eventually finished with 44 yards and a touchdown on seven carries, but it was a quiet afternoon to the say the least for a guy that most thought would get 20+ carries this week. Redshirt freshman Vondrell McGee joined Chiles in getting extended playing time and finished with 26 yards on seven carries. Interesting enough, the trio of Charles, McGee and Cobb failed to outrush the McCoy/Charles duo despite having six more attempts.

Grades: C-

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