Strong Defensive Showing In Opener

The Longhorns look ahead to redemption against BYU

The Charlie Strong era is here, and with it a 38-7 Texas victory against North Texas last Saturday night.

In two words, Saturday was tough and disciplined. It’s exactly what everyone has been clamoring to see from the Longhorns. Strong is a no-nonsense workhorse who brings mental toughness to a program that has been labeled soft for the last decade. The game was highlighted by a brick wall defense that completely jammed the Mean Green from the time the visitors got off the bus to the time the game ended. Three total completions were allowed for a total of 15 yards -- insane, considering that UNT was a nine-win bowl team last season.

Offensively, it was great to see a healthy Johnathan Gray after he recovered from offseason Achilles surgery. Malcolm Brown is still very tough runner. And these two running backs will be even more critical for the Longhorns after Monday’s news that quarterback David Ash will not start against BYU with concussion-like symptoms. To add to that, senior starting center Dominic Espinosa is out for the year with a broken ankle.

Up Next: BYU

The Longhorns get a chance at a bit of redemption this coming Saturday night when they host the BYU Cougars at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Last year in Provo, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill ran wild all night.

BYU is coming into the game after beating UConn on the road, 35-10. Hill threw for 308 yards and three TDs, while running for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

So, the Longhorns have a significant task in Week 2. BYU poses as a stellar opponent, which will test the improved defense, and offensively, quarterback Tyrone Swoopes will be making his first collegiate start.

This is why we love college football, folks! There is just no way to predict how an 18 year old will respond to this pressure. It’s the ultimate in reality TV. Stay tuned -- Saturday night is going to be awesome.

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