Texas trying to move on, focus on Oklahoma after loss

Texas suffered its biggest home loss in the Mack Brown era last weekend to UCLA. But the team is trying to move forward and focus on this weekend's Red River Rivalry game.
By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: September 27, 2010 at 10:55 pm •  Published: September 27, 2010
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Like most programs, Texas has a 24-hour rule. Win or lose, watch the tape on Sunday, make corrections and move on.

That's easier said than done after the Longhorns lost 34-12 to UCLA, the worst home loss in the Mack Brown era.

Questions lingered for 48 hours due to Brown's media obligations. He and his staff's primary job at practice Monday afternoon was to get players focused on playing Oklahoma on Saturday in the Cotton Bowl.

"That's the good thing about our jobs because when we have a good team like Oklahoma coming up, we can't lie around and feel sorry for ourselves long," Brown said. "We've got to go back to work immediately and get it fixed."

There's a lot to fix. Brown admitted Monday the Longhorns have "a lot of leaks in the boat, a lot of holes to fill."

Texas has the No. 2 ranked defense in the country but UCLA rushed for 264 yards, 193 in the second half.

The offense has struggled. The Longhorns last spring placed an emphasis on establishing a ground game but are averaging 3.8 yards per carry. They're ranked 77th in total offense, 76th in rushing.

Quarterback Garrett Gilbert is ranked 81st nationally in passing efficiency and has thrown as many interceptions (four) as touchdowns.

"We're still a work in progress," Gilbert said. "Our offense as a whole needs to improve. ... I do feel the emphasis on the running game, if nothing else, has opened up more play-action passes. We feel good about that. We've just got to continue working and try to get better."

Brown confessed the Longhorns probably overlooked the Bruins, who lost at Kansas State and were thumped 35-0 by Stanford.

"I don't think anybody gave UCLA the respect they deserved because they have really good players and are about to turn the corner," Brown said. "We sat around on defense and heard how great we played against (Texas) Tech.

"We had not seen a team line up and run right at us and they did a tremendous job of it. We didn't handle it well. Offensively, we continue to turn the ball over. And we had been good in the kicking game and messed that up."

Texas was plagued by five turnovers, constantly putting the defense in a hole. Brown said the Longhorns missed 18 tackles and had 16 busted assignments.

"Games like Saturday are disappointing. You're disappointed in yourself, your staff, your team," Brown said. "You build on the things that are good and correct things that are bad. You don't forget them. But we move forward to make sure one loss doesn't affect the next game."

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