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daily 09/14/2014

    • This is exactly what we saw of the Texas Longhorns in their narrow 20-17 loss to the UCLA Bruins on Saturday night. The physical execution was arguably the best its been to this point in the season, but the mental execution let Charlie Strong’s team down at the worst possible times.
    • There’s little doubt the Longhorns will continue to improve physically, in terms of drive-to-drive and how they deliver on both sides of the ball. Their bounce-back, overall sense of urgency, and level of emotion against the Bruins speaks volumes about Strong’s ability to motivate, for one, but also about the difference in this team from others in years past who wouldn’t have come out with as much fire after an embarrassing loss.
    • Obviously, this isn’t the 200+ yards rushing Texas will need here in a few weeks to win games, but it’s a positive sign the offensive line which many had buried after the BYU debacle isn’t a lost cause. They still need to establish their will more often in the trenches, but their dominance seems like less of a pipe dream than it may have this time last week.
    • If the Longhorns’ incremental improvement in physical execution becomes exponential over the next 9 weeks, they’re going to be in plenty of ball games. If it isn’t met with the same improvement mentally, however, this season could be a long one indeed.

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