12/15 4:40 PM Just some information you may not have at your fingertips when jousting with some of the morons on the 40 acres board.
The average start of a possession for Texas' opponents (and thus the point at which the Texas defense had to start defending) in 2010 was the opponents 33 yardline (32.96 to be exact). The average start of a possession for Texas' opponents in 2009 was the opponents 30 yard line (30.1 to be exact).
The average time of possession for the Texas offense in 2010 was 30:20...meaning the Texas defense was on the field 29:40 seconds. The average time of possession for the Texas offense in 12 regular season games of 2009 was 31:20...meaning the Texas defense was on the field an average of 28:40 per game.
In 2010 the Texas offfense ran ran 878 plays and the defense was on the field for 783 plays. In the 12 regular season games in 2009, the Texas offense ran 909 plays and the Texas defense played 800 plays.
Much of the defense of the Muschamp defense was in the "lack of support" the Texas offense gave to the Muschamp defense...many of the whiners using this excuse claim that the Texas defense was "tired" because they were on the field too long. The facts simply do not show that to be the case.
What they do show is that the Texas defense gave up 21 rushing touchdowns and gave up 11 scoring plays (not drives) that were 25 yards or longer (5 runs and 6 passes) 21! That is the most rushing touchdowns any Texas defense has given up since 1997. In 1998, Mack stated that if they had been recruiting the players for the 5 years prior to his arrival, 20-21 of the players on his 1998 roster wouldn't have received offers...and Mack's most talented defense gave up 21. The second worst # of rushing touchdowns given up during Mack's tenure was 20, in 2003, but it happened on 112 more defensive plays.