If you say you weren't a little bit concerned at the beginning of the New Mexico State game Saturday, you're probably not being totally honest, because for an un-ranked independent team, who went 1-11 last year, to hold a seven point lead over Texas well into the second quarter, threw just about everybody off, especially the players and coaches themselves.
"We did not start the way we wanted to. We had a good drive on the first series, but had a turnover. Had a decent drive going on the second series, but had a penalty that put us behind the chains," recalled Longhorns Co-Offensive Coordinator Major Applewhite.
"We kind of got off to a slow start. The defense was giving us stops, but then offense wasn't rolling that well at first," note Longhorns Running Back Malcolm Brown.
The better news was that the Aggies' lead didn't last much longer. Quarterback David Ash and the Longhorns started to look like themselves again before the end of the first half, and carried that developing momentum through the end of the game, the way everyone was hoping they would. Head Coach Mack Brown says while it wasn't the prettiest of starts, it was a better teaching moment than a complete blowout would have been.
"You don't need a scrimmage in an opening ball game, quite honestly, you need adversity, you need to have to overcome some things. You need for them to be able to play well enough to feel like they can be good, but understand that they didn't play well enough to be good. Right now, we have a lot of things we have to fix, so, I thought it was a great opener for us," said Brown.
Even after an iffy start, the outcome was one the Horns could live with: Texas set a school record for total offense in a single game, with 715 yards tallied up in Saturday's slow but successful match-up. Ash making up for 343 of those yards with four touchdowns, leading Texas to a 1-0 record to start of 2013.