AUSTIN (AP) - Texas fans and the Longhorns players expect near
perfection in season openers.
What they got instead was an ugly slugfest that nearly turned
into a colossal upset.
Texas' season opener showed the Longhorns have a lot of work to
do if they are to be considered favorites to win the Big 12. And to
even contend for the national title.
Against an Arkansas State team that should have been undermanned
and overwhelmed, Texas was:
-Outgained on offense 397 yards to 340. The Indians'
fourth-quarter touchdown drive covered 93 yards.
-Outscored in the second half 10-7 and shut out over the final
-Confused on defense and soft in its goal-line offense.
-Making surprisingly inconsistent passes. Quarterback Colt McCoy
threw two touchdown passes but also two interceptions. Arkansas
State also dropped what should have been three more easy picks.
- Lucky that the officials flagged the Indians for an improper
formation on an onside kick with less than a minute to play. The
redo allowed Texas to recover the second one and run out the clock.