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Texas stomps Sooners in statement game

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The Texas Longhorns played as if head coach Mack Brown‘s job was on the line. If that was the case, then Brown should be pretty secure as the head coach for at least one more week. Texas snapped a dismal three-game losing streak to Oklahoma with a 36-20 victory in the Red River Rivalry, giving the Longhorns even more momentum in Big 12 play. The Longhorns are now 3-0 in Big 12 play and have control of their path to a Big 12 title. Not so long ago that felt like more of a dream than a reality.

Texas executed a game plan that worked very well against Oklahoma, and perhaps having extra time to prepare for it benefitted Texas. Texas played last Thursday night at Iowa State while Oklahoma played last Saturday. Texas put up 444 yards of offense, including 254 rushing yards and the Longhorns thrived on third down conversions, ending the day with 13 third downs conversions in big spots. The defense allowed just 263 yards to the Sooners, just the first time Texas held their opponent to fewer than 346 yards this season. The team was disciplined as well, getting called for just three penalties for 15 yards compared to eight Oklahoma penalties for 63 yards.

This was exactly the game Texas needed, and not just for Brown’s job security. Few believed Texas had what it took to beat Oklahoma. Few believed Texas should even enter this weekend with a perfect Big 12 mark, considering the controversial call that went in their favor against Iowa State. A win against Kansas State meant far less than it would have a year ago, and the images of BYU gashing Texas on defense still linger. But all of that is behind them now, because Texas played well on offense,defense and special teams. The coaching was brilliant on this afternoon, a welcomed change for Longhorn fans suffering from past editions of the Red River Rivalry.

There are still some questions about this team moving forward, but slowly but surely Texas may be answering them as this season unfolds. As you might expect, Brown is not worried about what this game means for his future.

“I’m not worried about that, we’ll worry about TCU,” Brown said in a postgame interview.

Texas visits TCU next weekend to get their second half of the season underway. The second half includes three road games, highlighted by the season finale at Baylor on December 7. After next weekend’s game against the Horned Frogs, Texas may get their toughest challenges before Baylor at home, with Oklahoma State and Texas Tech visiting Austin in November. Entering this weekend, the Cowboys and Red Raiders were ranked in the top 25.

Time will tell how this season continues to develop for the Longhorns, but for one afternoon at the Texas State Fair, all was good and that’s all that matters.

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14 Responses to “Texas stomps Sooners in statement game”
  1. normtide says: Oct 12, 2013 4:09 PM

    Not sure what to take away from this game. Is UT finally playing to their potential, or was OU not what we thought they were? Probably a little of both. Stoops has been more involved with SEC talk then actually worrying about his team.

  2. v2the4 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:12 PM

    Congrats to the Horns for a UT like effort today.
    I would like to welcome the UT defense to the 2013 season. You guys played much better today, stuffed the run, stopped OU’s vertical passing game, and most importantly:

    YOU FINALLY TACKLED SOMEONE AND PLAYED IN POSITION

    The offensive line, filled with four and five star recruits, blocked like their scholarship was on the line today for our five star RB’s Gray and Brown, who each had 100 yards on a sooner D that had been dominant up until today.

    I liked the way Major Applewhite decided to run the ball today, and Case McCoy took his shots when he had too, throwing two td’s and of course, that Matt Schuab/Tony Romo type pick too.

    DeJe Johnsons big time punt return of 85 yards broke this game open and this is the game plan UT should use going foward.

    at least for a week, the critics and pundits and naysayers and haters of Mack Brown and the UT football program should give him some credit…the horns were ready to play from the jump, and they really should have scored more than 36 today, but a win is a win, especially against the arch rival sooners.

    Finally, all of the guys who post on this blog, who gave Mac and UT all kinds of hell the last few weeks can go eat some pie….

    HOOK EM

  3. chicagocane says: Oct 12, 2013 5:09 PM

    HaHa…now you’re stuck with more Mack Brown!!!

  4. billhicks666 says: Oct 12, 2013 5:34 PM

    @ chicagocane:

    I don’t even know who the Miami Hurrincanes coach is! At least Texas is relevant!

  5. lbijake says: Oct 12, 2013 5:47 PM

    If Texas “stomped” Oklahoma, then Iowa State also would stomp Oklahoma as to 99.9% of the country they won the game last week. The 0.1% represents UT, alumni and Big 12 officials.

  6. gorilladunk says: Oct 12, 2013 6:06 PM

    I tip my crimson and cream colored cap to Texas. Outstanding defensive effort today. They stymied OU for almost the entire game and were deserving winners. OU wasn’t going to win a nat’l championship and they better get it in gear offensively or they won’t have a shot at a Big 12 title, either. Fine effort by the Horns.

  7. thraiderskin says: Oct 12, 2013 7:29 PM

    I’m with you on this one Normtide. Personally, I’m not a fan of either team, but no matter the outcome of the season, its time for Texas to move on. Hopefully Stoops starts worrying more about what he can control, than what is going on in another conference.

  8. apkyletexas says: Oct 12, 2013 7:48 PM

    For the past 3 years, Brown brought in assistant coaches like Manny Diaz and Bryan Harsin with their bags of trick plays for the offense and defense.

    But trick plays are a bit of a waste of time when you are recruiting pure, elite level speed at most positions. You don’t want them wasting time on trick plays – you want them getting into the best possible position on the field to succeed as fast and directly as possible on every play.

    Now they’ve gotten rid of Harsin and Diaz, and they’ve finally gutted most of the cutesy crap out of the playbook. They are just now starting to play good, fundamental football, and relying on speed to get to their spots before the opposition.

    They could turn a corner now and be a contender for the conference title, and build toward something bigger next season.

  9. seattlecvd says: Oct 12, 2013 7:58 PM

    chicagocane says:
    Oct 12, 2013 5:09 PM
    HaHa…now you’re stuck with more Mack Brown!!!
    ______________________________

    No. I disagree. After all that has happened this year, I am willing to bet that Mack Brown retires after this season. Even if they win the Big 12 somehow. I just don’t think he will want the same conversations going on after every loss into next year as well. He knows his days are numbered. Might as well just exit gracefully.

  10. kinggator says: Oct 12, 2013 9:27 PM

    oomer ooner! Oops that’s missing the BS Oaklahoma is so full of.

  11. greggatx says: Oct 12, 2013 9:47 PM

    Good effort and game by the Longhorns! Looks like Robinson has done a great job turning the D back around in such a short period of time. Also great job on the O. Special team coverage still needs some work. Hook’em Horns!!

  12. chicagocane says: Oct 13, 2013 6:54 AM

    @billhicks666

    I really don’t even need to comment. If you want to find out the Hurricanes coach is you can always look up their team info..and if your dumb redneck ass can’t find that, try starting with the NATIONAL RANKINGS!

    or maybe you can try watching the NFL to see how relevant they are.

  13. hopdad40 says: Oct 13, 2013 2:16 PM

    Chicago – Or we could look on the prison roles.

  14. chicagocane says: Oct 13, 2013 4:33 PM

    haha..u could look there but it seems like The Gators have kinda stolen that thunder now!! Golden knows what he’s doing.

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