- Carter Strickland, Reporter, HornsNation
Each day, as a countdown to fall camp opening Aug. 2, we are going to provide you with a number that was important in 2011 and let you know why it will be important in 2012.
Inside the number
Texas poured it on against Texas Tech. Just like it used to pour it on against everyone. By the time it was over, Texas had scored 52 points, its highest total of the season and its highest point total since Colt McCoy was quarterback in 2009.
The problem with not scoring that many points -- Texas only averaged 28 per game -- is that the rest of the Big 12 does score. The conference has been blessed with skilled offensive players and next-level quarterbacks. Mack Brown has acknowledged on more than one occasion that in order to win in the Big 12, teams need to score 30-plus points.
Where it counts in 2012
Texas has a defense that is built to stop teams from scoring huge amounts.
But to be on the safe side, averaging more than 28 would be well advised. To do that, Texas will have to get its passing game more in line with its running game in 2012. That could be the case as David Ash has matured and the wide receivers are deeper and better than before.
When Texas really should pile up the points is during the second half of games. The Longhorns are built to wear teams down by rotating players in and out of the offensive line and at the skill positions. Because of that, look for Texas to keep it close with a ball-control offense in the first half and then break bigger plays for touchdowns in the second half of games against weaker opponents.