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Texas needs to learn from what it did well against USC

First-year Texas football head coach Tom Herman said that if the Longhorns can match their performance and their preparation leading up to their game against USC, the desired results will come (photo courtesy of texassports.com)

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — There are no moral victories in college football, but the Texas Longhorns have to be feeling better about themselves three games into the season, even after losing Sept. 16 to fourth-ranked USC, 27-24, in double overtime in Los Angeles in a battle that already is being considered a classic and one of the highlights of the barely-a-third-completed 2017 season.

Yes, the Longhorns are just 1-2 heading into Big 12 Conference play Thursday at Iowa State, but the first quarter of the season has produced some breakthrough stars and some scintillating performances; Texas will just need a lot more of both to find wins in a league that sports seven teams in the top 36 in the nation.

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The Habe is Steve Habel, Horns Illustrated’s senior editor. He was the magazine’s first staff member, in 1994, and has covered Texas sports ever since. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .