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Alamo Bowl 2012: Despite Win, Texas Nowhere Close to 'Back'

SAN ANTONIO, TX - DECEMBER 29:  Alex Okafor #80 of the University of Texas Longhorns celebrates as Defensive Player of the game against the Oregon State Beavers in the Valero Alamo Bowl at the Alamodome on December 29, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.  Texas won the game 31-27.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Ian BergCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2012

The Texas Longhorns won the Alamo Bowl in thrilling fashion, 31-27, finishing the season with nine wins and giving off the perception that things are taking the right turn in Austin. 

After watching the game that saw David Ash become an instant Longhorns hero, it became apparent that there was a lot of luck and big plays that mixed in to create the win for the Longhorns. 

Alex Okafor helped Texas set records for the Alamo Bowl when he finished the game with 4.5 sacks, but a lot of that was the Oregon State Beavers missing blocks on the senior. 

The effort will not carry over to next season for the Longhorns, as Okafor will depart for the NFL in April. 

This was a Texas team that struggled defensively all season. It continued that trend, allowing the Beavers to get out to a 20-10 lead by the end of the second quarter despite the big game from the Longhorns pass rush. 

The Texas offense also played spotty with Oregon State playing itself out of the game by the fourth quarter. Cody Vaz did all he could to hand the game to the Longhorns with interceptions.

The Longhorns saw David Ash become an instant hero, turning over a new leaf as the Texas quarterback and stepping up big in the second half for the win. He also had a lot of help from his receivers and Malcolm Brown from the running back position. 

That is a promising sign for Texas, but not one that is good enough to assume that the Longhorns are back. 

Mack Brown just finished another mediocre season for Texas, but this win will quickly blow away any talk that surrounds the possible future without Mack leading this team. Texas is meant to be a dynasty, and Brown is the closest thing to a dynasty that the Longhorns have right now. 

Brown has been a great coach for the Longhorns, but the feeling is that the air is growing stale in Austin. This isn’t the same Texas team that was taking the field in the mid-2000s.

The team that was on display in the Alamo Bowl is not one that will lead this Texas program back into the promised land. It was a good win for the Texas faithful to see, but it was a far cry from a sign of things to come in the future. 

Texas has a lot of work to do this offseason. This is a team that has a lot of promise, but it is a big hill to climb before it will be considered championship worthy.

 

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