Texas football coach Tom Herman gave a half-hearted defense of his decision to fake a punt that came back to bite the Longhorns vs. Iowa State.
Texas lost at home to Iowa State for the first time since 2010 but if Tom Herman was a better coach, the Longhorns may still be alive for the Big 12 championship.
Leading 20-13 with 1:37 left in the third quarter, Texas faced a 4th and 8 from the Iowa State 48 when Herman called for a fake punt. Cameron Dicker completed a pass to Cade Brewer for five yards and the Longhorns turned the ball over on downs.
That turned the tide around for Iowa State who was able to kick a 29-yard field goal on the ensuing possession to narrow the deficit.
Tom Herman defends failed fake punt in loss to Iowa State
Those three points proved large as Iowa State won 23-20 as Texas missed a 57-yard field goal as time expired.
Herman didn’t really have a defense or explanation for the fake punt when he met with the media afterward. Herman’s reasoning behind the fake punt was just that they practiced it for the last two weeks. Preparation didn’t meet execution on Friday and it may have cost him his job.
Herman admitted what many Texas football fans already know. They didn’t coach well enough at the end of the game to win.
That’s been the story of Herman’s tenure in Austin which may be coming to an end in a few short weeks.