Overpowered by BYU, what’s next for Longhorns?

BYU’s 28-point third quarter spelled collapse for UT.

At the college level, football is a game of momentum, and when one team hits the tipping point, things can get out of control quick. That tipping point boiled over for BYU at the start of the second half and the Cougars raced past the Longhorns, 41-7, last Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Twelve players either suspended or dismissed from the team, including two starting offensive lineman? Starting center has a season ending injury? Young QB making his first career start? New coach still trying to change the mindset of his team? Your opponent is full of older, mature players led by a dynamic dual threat QB?

It all added up to that tipping point.

Everyone knew the defense was going to have to carry the team if UT was going to keep it close and the defense did a great job, playing with a lot of energy early. But when the offense goes three and out or turns the ball over, that defense can get overworked pretty quick. UT also needed several breaks from BYU penalties that took a long Taysom Hill TD run off the board in the first half, in order to keep the mirage of a close game intact.

It was a long night to be a Longhorn, but there were a few bright spots as we literally watch Charlie Strong endure these growing pains of inserting full program accountability. Tyrone Swoopes looked pretty darn good. He made good decisions and has arm strength for days.

Up Next: UCLA

Ranked in the top 10, the Bruins will play UT at a neutral site game in Arlington, Texas. If UT can’t stop an unranked team with a dual threat QB, they might have fits against UCLA. Brett Hundley is the real deal and will be playing on Sundays in the NFL next season.

This is going to be a real gut check game for Strong and the Longhorns to see how well the team responds to adversity.

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