Another round of talks set for today
There were no formal negotiations between the NHL and players’ association Sunday, but the union said a session was set for today. The NHL wants to open the season Jan. 19 with a 48-game schedule. seven for touchdowns, in 50 games.
Before the Alamo Bowl, Goodwin had made just four catches in his previous five games.
Over the years, there were always glimpses of Goodwin’s capabilities: a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Texas A&M as a freshman; an 80-yard touchdown with a Case McCoy pass last season at Baylor; his performance at Mississippi this season.
Goodwin scored on a 69-yard run against Ole Miss. He teamed with Ash for a 55-yard touchdown reception and made a 47yard reception to set up another touchdown.
After that game, Goodwin’s biggest impact on the regular season was during one fourthquarter drive that enabled the Longhorns to win 21-17 at Kansas. Goodwin tied the game with an 11-yard touchdown run that he helped set up by taking a shovel pass from McCoy for 41 yards.
Then Goodwin finished his Longhorn career dramatically.
On his 64-yard run, he took the ball from tailback Johnathan Gray and burst through a huge hole on the Longhorns’ left side.
“Parted like the Red Sea,” Goodwin said.
On the final touchdown, the one covering 36 yards, Goodwin was on the right side and beat defensive back Sean Martin.
“Bit on a double move,” Goodwin said. “Ash threw a great ball.”
Applewhite called the same play in the first quarter, to the left side, but Ash’s pass sailed over Goodwin, who could not locate the ball.
“I think it got caught in the lights,” coach Mack Brown said.
Applewhite went to the deep ball when the Longhorns needed a touchdown for victory.
“Exact same play,” Applewhite said. “We needed to get downfield, vertical.”
All season, Brown and Harsin spoke of trying to make better use of the speed of Goodwin, senior D.J. Monroe and freshman Daje Johnson.
Applewhite, new to calling plays for the Longhorns, seems intent on continuing that quest next season, although he no longer will have Goodwin or Monroe.
“I don’t want to create the war analogy too much, but if you have weapons, use them,” Applewhite said. “If (opponents) find ways to take it away from us, then we have to find more ways to get it back in their hands. When you get those guys that have exceptional speed, they can do things outside of the design of the play, so you don’t have to be perfect.”
The last play, Ash to Goodwin, was perfect, and then the receiver was gone, through the end zone and out of a working relationship that was far too short for the man now assigned to call plays.
Texas senior wide receiver Marquise Goodwin pulls in the winning touchdown pass with 2:24 left in Saturday night’s Alamo Bowl for a 31-27 Longhorns victory over Oregon State.