25 Nov

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TCU rolls past Longhorns in second half, ends Texas football season

Running back D'Onta Foreman became just the second player in Texas football history to run for more than 2,000 yards in a season (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

Running back D'Onta Foreman became just the second player in Texas football history to run for more than 2,000 yards in a season (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — Mistakes, poor execution and big-game pressure are hurdles that can be expected early in the year from a young, inexperienced football team and a coach under fire to keep his job.

The fact that the Texas football team was still having those problems with the basics, and using them as excuses, in its final game of the regular season — a lethargic, 31-9 loss Friday to TCU before an announced crowd of 99,065 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium — is what ultimately doomed the Longhorns and likely spelled the end of the Charlie Strong tenure on the 40 Acres.

Everything was on the line for Texas and its beleaguered

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 .