With Former Notre Dame field general Everett Golson (vs. Texas State – 302 pass yards, 4 TD) at Florida State, Malik Zaire (313 yards, 3 TD) welcomed the Texas Longhorns to Notre Dame Stadium, restraining the Big 12’s offense to only three points that didn’t come along until the third quarter.
And you bet Texas head coach Charlie Strong had something to say about the lack of offensive production against a Notre Dame defense that permitted only eight first downs and 163 total yards to Tyrone Swoopes and Jonathan Gray.
Charlie Strong on his offense in a Monday press conference (via NBC Sports):
“(Saturday’s outcome) is not acceptable. “As coaches we know we have to coach better, and as players we know we have to play a lot better. It’s something you want to restart the season and push that button, and we went back to work last night, had the players out on Sunday, and what we do on Sundays is we go back out and just do a small focus on Rice, but we go back to the game on Saturday and it’s all about corrections and taking our time with plays that didn’t work and how we can get better and how we can improve.”
“(Offensive struggles) cannot happen. We have some talented players there. You look at Johnathan Gray, he touched the ball eight times the other night. He’s a back that needs the ball. The ball needs to be fed to him anywhere from 15 to 20 to 25 times … We have some athletes there on offense there. We’ve just got to do a better job of spreading the ball around and making sure that the right guys get the touches.”
Texas will have a chance to rebound against Rice next weekend, which should be a cupcake game for Charlie Strong’s infant offense, which witnessed Swoopes completing only seven of his 22 pass attempts…
Maybe Jonathan Dror’s “Put ‘Em Up,” an anthem for Longhorns Nation, jinxed the numbers.
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