In a matchup that many thought would knock the Longhorns further down the path to irrelevance in this 2012 season, the now-No. 17 Texas Longhorns were able to buck the odds and take down Texas Tech by a 31-22 score. This was a great win for the 'Horns and head coach Mack Brown, but there is still a lot of work to do in getting this program back where it belongs.
Let me start off by saying that I was wrong about David Ash in this game. He got the ball downfield, especially to Mike Davis, and consistently made the correct decisions throughout the game in quieting the quarterback controversy in Austin yet again.
But Ash had some help. The offensive line played one of its best games of the season in keeping Ash off the turf and paving the way for Johnathan Gray's second-consecutive 100-yard game. But most importantly, the defense finally started making key plays and showed some pride in holding the explosive Red Raider offense under 30 points.
But this team is still far from the finished product of a dominant power football team. The Red Raiders were still able to rack up nearly 450 yards of offense and still allowed four yards per carry on the ground. And there were still times when Texas seemed to relax, letting Texas Tech back into a game that Texas could very well have run away with.
But, in a season where 6-2 felt more like 2-6, the Longhorns have showed us all a glimpse. A glimpse of a team that is well within reach of 10 wins. A glimpse of a team that may not have to undergo some major makeover in the spring. Most importantly, a glimpse of a team that has the pieces and potential to return back to the top of the college football landscape.
Read on for your own glimpse at what the Longhorns can do both this season and beyond to keep this thing going in the right direction after their biggest win of the season.