Friday, November 23, 2018

An Ugly Win to qualify for the Big-12 Championship Game

"If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire."
1 Corinthians 3:15

For the second time in two days, the contrast with recent history speaks for itself.

Two years ago, the Longhorns went into Kansas needing a win to become Bowl eligible.  Instead, they lost.  That was the game that sealed Charlie Strong's fate.

Today, the Longhorns went into Kansas needing a win to qualify for the Big-12 championship.  They won.  That, right there, is the Tom Herman difference.

The game was ugly.  Sam Ehlinger threw two picks.  The offense was anemic for much of the game.  There was bonheaded play on special teams.

But the defense stepped up.  They held Kansas scoreless during the first half.  Then they made the plays they needed in the second half.  Jeffrey McCulloch's interception return saved the game.

An early, day after Thanksgiving, road game in front of a sparse crowd had all the signs of a letdown game.  But quality teams find ways to win when they don't have their A game.  And that's what the Longhorns did today.

Bottom Line: All we had to do was win.  It doesn't matter how the win materialized.  Big-12 championship game, here we come!!!

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