I don't want to get roughed up as a Tubs guy, because if you have read some of what I post you will know that is not the case, but this blaming the loss on a FG’s is ridiculous, in my opinion. There were so many other things that did not go our way in this game. We had a sure touchdown passes dropped; we had penalties that killed drives, missed blocks, bad defensive calls, bad decisions by young players that are learning how to play the game at the next level, bad coaching calls, etc. We scored 45 points and had over 500 yards of offense and still we lost? (Seems like that has been a Tech tradition for some time now…) Is all of that on Tubs? Sure it is, after all, he is the head coach. I am sure that there has never been a coach in the entire history of football that has not left a game wishing he could have a few calls back.
But even after all of that these kids were in this game the whole night. They fought and they believed they could win. This against a team that is essentially 4 bad quarters and a few points away from being undefeated and in the top 5 or 10 teams in the country and these kids gave them all they wanted. Sure there are things that could have gone different, but there are so many things that went right last night! I really believe these kids grew up a little last night and that gives me more confidence in this team going forward. These young kids learned that they Can play with some of the big boys in the Big 12 and that has to be encouraging for them.
I have mentioned in another thread and I will say it here. These kids played with fire and determination last night. Probably more than I have seen from a Tech team since Tubs got here. We do have a few places where our talent or at a minimum our size level is not what it needs to be. We have young kids that will grow up and will learn. I think the Brent Musburger said it best while covering the UT game. He was talking about how young the UT team is at certain positions and how in a year or two those kids would not look anything like they did yesterday. The young QB’s would not make some of the bad throws, and the other young players would not make some of the same mistakes they were making. I agree with that and it applies to these kids too! I don’t know if Tubs is the guy or not, but if these kids play with that kind of heart and determination the rest of the year, then I like our chances in more games than I did before last night’s game. Are we going to beat OU or OSU? Probably not, but after last night I honestly feel like the rest of our games are a tossup at best.
In the end, question the calls, be angry, those are our rights as fans, and the reason boards like these exist. Heck I am as guilty as anyone on here about bashing this team when I should not. But those of us that are posting that the season is over, that this team is a joke, that you are going to get rid of your season tickets, and on and on.. Think about what you are doing. This team needs us to support them now more than ever. Many of us have gone on and on about how we wanted to see more fire out of these kids, more urgency, more desire. Well we got that last night and they almost gave us a huge win against a bitter rival! I find myself thinking that if these kids could play that well last night and most of them are nowhere near their full potential yet, then Tech’s future is bright indeed! We all knew this could be a long year and it is going to be. I don’t want to say “next year is gonna be better” because I am as tired of that as everyone else. This year is what it is and we have a young team struggling to find itself and they will. Let’s ride the rollercoaster together and support these kids on their journey to becoming what we all hope they can. Coaches the world over will make wrong decisions, or at the very least decisions that fans don’t agree with Tubs is no different.