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Texas QB Ash exceeding expectations

Associated Press Modified: October 11, 2012 at 2:47 pm •  Published: October 11, 2012

The rivalry with the Sooners, where emotions run high, can be tough even on experienced quarterbacks. Ash simply wasn't ready yet and had two of Texas' five turnovers. The Sooners had eight sacks.

"We laid an egg," Brown said. "We were out of the game before it started. It got out of hand fast."

Ash had never been to the game in person and admitted he was a bit overwhelmed.

"I don't think there's anything that can prepare you for it," Ash said, calling it his lowest point of the season and one he was determined to learn from. "Most people rebound from their lowest point. Everyone wants to get up."

Oklahoma players see a quarterback who picked himself up and got better.

"They just look very confident in everything they do," Sooners cornerback Aaron Colvin said. "It seems like the coach puts a lot of trust in him and everything kind of revolves around him. I'm very pressed with what he's been doing this year."

One thing Texas coaches liked about Ash in the loss was seeing him throw a late touchdown pass. He still split time with McCoy the rest of season, but gradually started taking over the position.

Ash has been so good this season that it made his one blunder — a big one — that much more surprising. Trailing by three late against West Virginia, Texas got the ball after a fumble at the Mountaineers 12 with a chance to take the lead with a touchdown or tie the game with a field goal.

But facing third-and-8, Ash let the play clock run down to 1, then turned his head just as the shotgun snap sailed by and the play ended in a 16-yard loss. The Longhorns missed the field goal and ended up losing 48-45.

Some fans blamed center Dominic Espinosa for the miscue. Ash took the blame but said it's time to move on.

"That was my fault. It's in the past," Ash said. "It's time to move forward. If you haven't moved forward, I have. Hop on."