Holiday Bowl win a good end to difficult season for Longhorns

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AUSTIN -- A dominant running game, a quarterback who
minimized his mistakes and an opportune defense that blitzed at
will. That was an impressive Holiday Bowl win over Arizona State.

Too bad the Number 17 Texas Longhorns couldn't pull all of those
together more often in a 10-3 season in which they fell well short
of expectations.

The bowl win was nice, especially after the big letdown loss at
Texas A&M. But the 2007 season will be remembered for an 0-2 start
in Big 12 play, one of the worst defenses in school history and
losing to Oklahoma and the Aggies in the same season for the first
time since 1993.

The '08 schedule also gets tougher. Texas opens the season with
Sun Belt Conference and New Orleans Bowl champion Florida Atlantic
and adds old rival Arkansas to the non-conference games.

In the Big 12, Kansas and Missouri, the two best teams in North
Division are back on the schedule and so is up-and-coming Colorado.
The Sooners look like they'll be as strong as ever and the Aggies
come to town riding a two-game winning streak over the Longhorns.