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In the years to come, folks will likely remember Texas’ 42-28 victory over Rice Saturday as the coming-out party for quarterback Jerrod Heard, who earned his first college start.

But the real stars of the Longhorns’ home-opener win was the special teams — namely the punt return unit — and the defense that forced five turnovers to help thwart the Owls. With the team coming together, Texas escaped with its first win of the season, before 86,458 fans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

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Steve Habel

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .

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