Did you stay to watch the entire game?
It's clear CMA called off the dogs after the first half of the Rice game. We started playing 2nd and 3rd string players. We almost had a touchdown on a 4th down play but we're stopped at the one. If we had scored we'd be criticized for beating a dead horse.
I think the argument can be made for the UA game as well. We didn't sit players but we protected the lead. CMA trusted the defense would keep us ahead. All week he mentioned in press conferences that the play book was limited.