Habe on the Horns: A win is welcome, but plenty of work to be done

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Redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard guided the Longhorns to victory in his first collegiate start (photo courtesy of Getty Images)
Redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard guided the Longhorns to victory in his first collegiate start (photo courtesy of Getty Images)

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

No one associated with the Texas football team is ready to return the 42-28 victory it produced against Rice Sept. 12, but all involved understand that the Longhorns are going to have to play much better to have a chance to beat California this Saturday.

Texas defense was battered by the Owls for 462 yards and 96 plays, mainly because Rice was able to convert 14 of its 21 third-down opportunities.

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The problem, said Texas coach Charlie Strong at his Monday press conference, was that the Longhorns allowed Rice to remain two-dimensional and that Texas was weaker than it needs to be up the middle.

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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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