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Longhorns are getting effort, physicality; now just need to win

Whether Texas football head coach Tom Herman says it or not, true freshman Sam Ehlinger (11) appears to have claimed the Longhorns' starting quarterback job (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas football team is a couple of defensive breakdowns in two of its games from being 5-1 rather than 3-3, but Longhorns coach Tom Herman won’t be happy until his squad makes those plays and can leave the field with real victories rather than moral ones.

When Texas (2-1 in Big 12 play) hosts No. 10 Oklahoma State (5-1, 2-1 in Big 12) Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, the Longhorns will be facing the top-ranked offense in the nation for the second consecutive contest. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. (Central Time).

Texas lost to then-No. 12 (now No. 9) Oklahoma, 29-24, Saturday in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, but fought back from a 20-0 deficit

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 .