THE LONGHORNS’ ROLLER COASTER SEASON CONCLUDES WITH ANOTHER BOWL WIN AND HOPES OF RE-ASCENDANCE.
The 2012 season was a mishmash of triumphs and setbacks.
Texas — which had five seniors on its depth chart for the Valero Alamo Bowl — fielded a team forced to learn on the fly. Looking back to August, most believed the defense would carry the Longhorns while the offense found its legs.
But that was never the case. Opposing teams gouged the Longhorn defense, while the offense engineered most of the wins in Texas’ 9-4 campaign. The offense was either too good for the opposition (like in the first three games) or did just enough to clinch the win (as they did against Oklahoma State, Baylor and Kansas).
The Texas defense rebounded in San Antonio and the Longhorns surged past Oregon State to win the Alamo Bowl, ending the 2012 campaign on a positive note.
Here’s a quick game-by-game recap of the 2012 season.