Texas pounded Ole Miss on the road last night, 66-31. Great win for the Longhorns. This team still has some work to do, especially on defense and special teams, but the offense looked great. Here is a box score from ESPN:
The Longhorns offense generated 676 total yards, with 350 on the ground and 326 through the air. There were quite a RB's who touched the ball, but Malcolm Brown led the way with 128 yards on 21 carries. QB David Ash was fantastic, going 19 for 23 for 326 yards, 4 TDs and no interceptions. Ash really looked like he was starting to step up to the next level during this game. If he continues to play at this level or beyond for the rest of the season, this team could be better than most people are expecting.
Defensively, the Horns gave up 399 yards and 31 points, both the run defense and the secondary need work. While Ole Miss is the best team that the Horns have played so far, they are not ranked and other teams will provide a bigger challenge. If the Longhorns cannot fix some of the defensive lapses that we saw here today, both against the run and the pass, this team could be worse than people are expecting. But I expect they will continue to improve as the season goes along.
Anyway, this was a nice win for the Longhorns, on the road in SEC territory. The Horns are now 3-0, with a bye next week, followed by Oklahoma State in Stillwater the week after that. Then the next two weeks will be in Austin against currently #9 West Virginia and in Dallas against #5 Oklahoma for the Red River shootout. The success of the Longhorns 2012 season is going to be largely determined by their success over the next 3 games.