Originally Posted by Dutchrudder
The UT defense was a bit underrated this year, but they played hard in that game and it was surprising that Weeden did as well as he did in Austin.
@UT is never an easy game for any opponent. Their home record over the last decade is insanely good and is probably akin to playing @Ohio State or @Michigan. Weeden did play decently in that game, despite what the statline may tell you. He certainly didn't throw away the game at any point.
I sincerely disagree. Following is the break down of the game (as I saw it).
Defense forced UT to punt
Weeden's inaccuracy stopped a drive.
Defense came up with an INT, giving the ball to Weeden at the 36.
Running game was in gear.
In this scoring drive, Weeden completed a lone pass for 37 yards when he had plenty of time and the slot receiver Cooper beat the safety (nickel?) easily in man coverage (No help); it was Pitch and catch.
Defense held on 4th down giving Weeden the ball at the 32
After 2 runs that resulted in minus 6 yards, Weeden dumped off the ball for 8 on 3rd and 16. There was no attempt by him to look downfield.
What was on Gruden's QB camp, I found very funny as Gruden poked fun at Weeden regarding the stupid check downs like the above play: "If we're living on hots, we're dumb and dumber".
Defense stopped UT again with a sack on 3rd down.
UT punt but OSU fumbled.
UT recovered and scored in one play.
A bad pass by Weeden was nearly intercepted on the sideline; Blackmon played defender and pushed the CB out of bound. It looks like the CB had a foot inbound (field turf came up), but somehow, the ref ruled it an incomplete pass and not an INT.
(This wouldn't matter in the NFL because the defender has to have both feet in bound to call it an INT; the receiver can push him out of bound due to the change in rule a few years back.)
We also want to remember that the college receiver only has to have one feet in bound to make a catch, and college QB is help in the stat sheet due to this difference in ruling. Weeden was one of those QBs who benefited greatly from this.
Weeden tried the same pass and was almost intercepted again; Blackmon had a hand in there just enough to prevent it.
On third and 10 Weeden threw short and behind (in the dirt) the receiver.
So far, Weeden tried very hard to give the game away (a little over 14 min to go in the second).