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Steamrolled — Arkansas Flattens Texas 31-7 in AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

Two Arkansas defenders tackle running back Malcolm Brown in the Texas Bowl (Photo: Jesse Drohen).

Two Arkansas defenders tackle running back Malcolm Brown in the Texas Bowl (Photo: Jesse Drohen).

By Steve Habel/Associate Editor

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HOUSTON – One thing can be taken for certain from Texas’ 31-7 loss to Arkansas Monday at the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: a month of homework, a bevy of additional practices and all the positives from winning three of its final five regular-season games did little to mask the fact that the Longhorns, ultimately, are just not a very good team.

Arkansas – a squad that, like Texas, won six regular games and could have won more – was better prepared, more physical and absolutely dominant over the Longhorns in every aspect of the game, a fact that was readily apparent to the record 71,115 fans on hand at NRG Stadium and a national television audience drawn to the matchup by its call to rivalry and the promise of seeing a battle between two team on a rise.

The Razorbacks took

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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 .