Lots of Texas Longhorns players found last weekend’s loss to Oklahoma State a bitter pill to swallow, but one in particular is feeling pretty upset about it.
That young man is offensive lineman Sedrick Flowers, who called out backup right tackle Marcus Hutchins when speaking to Ryan Autullo of the Austin American-Statesman.
“I think what happened is a lack of preparation by the backup,” Flowers said. “I feel as though he didn’t foresee (an injury). I don’t think he took that into consideration when he was preparing. He just saw this week as another week that he wasn’t gonna play. If he would have taken more time in practice and film review, took it more seriously, then it would have been different.”
Flowers added: “You can’t use ‘I had no reps’ as an excuse.”
Hutchins came into the game in the second half after starter Kent Perkins was forced from the game after taking a helmet to the knee, and the offensive line collapsed after that. Local Longhorns beat writer Mike Finger offered the statistical breakdown.
Those were rushing-only stats I tweeted earlier. UT total with Perkins: 43 plays, 301 yards (7 ypp). Without: 16 plays, minus-11 yards.
— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) September 27, 2015
Sure enough, what appeared to be a surefire upset win for the Longhorns turned into a heartbreaker after a fumbled punt snap late in the fourth quarter gave Oklahoma State great field position for a game-winning field goal, which they made.
It doesn’t help that Texas enters this weekend’s game against TCU as 18.5 point underdogs, not exactly a flattering number based on one fact in particular.
My Vegas sources tell me that UT started as 18 1/2-point dog vs. TCU. That's their largest since being 23-point dogs vs. KSU in 1998.
— Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinBig12) September 29, 2015
Fortunately, Perkins is only listed as day-to-day, so perhaps the Longhorns will have a chance against a shaky TCU defense if he is able to play.
Kickoff is slated for 12 p.m. ET on ABC.
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