AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — For the kicking team, the best kickoffs are the ones that sail deep into the end zone or all the way through it, leaving no chance for a return for a touchdown.
No. 14 Texas is challenging that notion, daring teams to bring it out and punishing ball carriers when they do.
Through their first two games against Wyoming and New Mexico, the Longhorns have allowed just 12.6 yards per return, third best in the country. Of freshman kickoff specialist Nick Rose' eight kickoffs that did not reach the end zone, the opponents' average starting field position has been the 14.
The longest return allowed by Texas has been 15 yards, leading Texas coach Mack Brown to wonder if a touchback — that now comes out to the 25 — is overrated.
Texas (2-0) plays at Mississippi (2-0) on Saturday night.