Habe on the Horns: Wide open — fundamentals and poor technique hurt Texas defense against Cal

Texas football head coach Charlie Strong said Monday that senior kicker Nick Rose, whose missed extra point was the margin in UT's loss to Cal, will end up winning games for the Longhorns later this season (photo courtesy of texassports.com).
Texas football head coach Charlie Strong said Monday that the Longhorns' defense has to find a way to make opposing offenses one-dimensional (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas football coaching staff will stress fundamentals and proper technique while preparing the Longhorns’ beleaguered defense this week for Saturday's Big 12 opener in Austin against Oklahoma State, especially in the wake of a third consecutive poor showing Saturday in a 45-44 loss to California.

Texas allowed 548 yards of offense to the Golden Bears, including 280 yards on the ground, and most of that was earned right up the middle, where the Longhorns are supposed to be at their strongest. In their first three games of 2015, the Longhorns have surrendered 1,537 yards of total offense (512.3 yards per contest), which ranks 118th nationally out of 127 FBS schools. The 'Horns have capitulated 722 yards on the ground (240.7 per game), putting them 119th nationally.

Texas coach Charlie Strong said Monday [article-offer]

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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