Tackling is one of the most fundamental parts of football. Defensive players learn how to tackle when they begin to play Pee Wee Football at the age of eight years old. However, the lack of tackling seemed to be the demise for Texas as the Longhorns lost 34-27 to the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, TX.
The deciding play of the game occurred with eight minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter with the score tied at 10 at the Oklahoma 49-yard line. Oklahoma decided to go into their bag of tricks with some razzle-dazzle by calling a flea flicker. On the play, Sooners QB Jalen Hurts handed the ball off to the running back like a normal running play, but the running back turned around and threw the ball back to Hurts. Hurts then passed the ball to open wide receiver CeeDee Lamb at the Texas 30-yard line.
Lamb then made a couple of moves in an attempt to gain extra yardage. Instead, five Texas tacklers could not bring Lamb down as Lamb scampered for the touchdown. I continued to watch the rest of the game, but I knew that this play would give Oklahoma the victory. If both teams win the rest of their games in the regular season, then they could play again in the Big XII Championship Game. If they do play each other again, then Texas better start practicing tackling right now.