Texas Longhorns Football: Snapping Losing Skid Doesn't Mask Major Problems

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVOctober 21, 2012

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 20:  Joe Bergeron #24 of the Texas Longhorns gives the ball to an official after scoring during the Big 12 Conference game against the Baylor University Bears on October 20, 2012 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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The Texas Longhorns' 2012 season has been a series of ups and downs, and it's unclear which way they're heading following Saturday's 56-50 win over the Baylor Bears.

When looking at the game initially, it's hard to say that the Longhorns could attribute a win as a "down." They snapped their two-game losing skid and scored 56 points in the process.

Moreover, Texas running back Joe Bergeron had not only a career day, but an all-time day. His five rushing touchdowns were just one shy if Ricky Williams' single-game school record. And he achieved those touchdowns on just 19 carries, proving that Baylor's troubled defense couldn't do much to stop Bergeron from having his way.

So, how could the outcome of Saturday's game be unclear? Just look at the other side of the token.

We all knew that the Longhorns defense was one of the poorer units in the country after the season that it's had. And the unit did even more to convince us of that by giving up 50 points to Big 12 opponent Baylor. 

Texas gave up three rushing touchdowns to the Bears' rushing attack, which ranks just 45th in the nation in yards and is nowhere near an elite unit. 

Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz's unit has been woeful ever since he took over the job, replacing Will Muschamp at the start of the 2011 season, and it's obvious that a change is needed. 

A poor defensive showing in one game can be overlooked, but there's no way to sugarcoat this team's performances recently. In their last four games, the Longhorns have given up 36, 48, 63 and 50 points, respectively.

When your defense is giving up nearly 50 points a game over a month-long span, it's an understatement to say that something is going wrong. It's much more than that. 

There needs to be a mindset change in Texas if the team is going to amount to anything this season. With an obviously talented offense that can hang up tons of points, the Longhorns should be motivated enough to get their act together.

This is the most talented Texas team we've seen since Colt McCoy, but if it cannot stop the bleeding on defense, it will be a long year.