Something we’ve learned during the Longhorns’ post-apocalypse era is that they are good dancers, adept at taking steps forward and back.
Nowhere is consistency written on their résumé from these last three seasons of working under Mack Brown at trying to restore the program. Even so, there’s nothing wrong with extending them credit where it is due, and they deserve some for producing a running game — 227 rushing yards, their second-highest output since last year’s Baylor game — during last Saturday’s 31-21 victory over Kansas State.
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TEXAS AT IOWA STATE
6:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Ames, Iowa, ESPN, 1300, 98.1
BOHLS, GOLDEN CHAT
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HORNS; THE BIG PICTURE
How does Texas compare?
Where the Longhorns rank in the Big 12 and nationally in various categories after four games. Parentheses show last week’s rankings:
Rush offense;3rd (3);53rd (46)
Pass offense;4th (4);41st (31)
Pass efficiency;4th (4);10th (42)
Total offense;5th (3);40th (30)
Scoring;5th (6);23rd (53)
Rush defense;10th (10);88th (121)
Pass defense;7th (5);36th (29)
Total defense;10th (10);67th (114)
Sacks;8th (10);19th (T-110)
Turnover margin;3rd (4);39th (T-40)
The season, so far
Texas 56, New Mexico State 7: David Ash, Daje Johnson lead a record-breaking offensive night.
BYU 40, Texas 21: Horns implode defensively and see Ash, Johnson get injured.
Ole Miss 44, Texas 23: No Ash, little defense and a second-half implosion against the ranked Rebels.
Texas 31, Kansas St. 21: Johnathan Gray and the defense lead Horns to Big 12-opening W.
2013 vs. 2012, 2011
How the Longhorns (2-2) compare statistically with the 2012 and 2011 teams’ averages and totals after four games (* average per game):
* average per game