Five thoughts: Texas 31, Texas Tech 22 

November, 4, 2012
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Following Texas’ 31-22 win over Texas Tech, here are five things that stood out:

1. Can one win change a season?
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Patrick Green/Icon SMIA week after being benched, Texas quarterback David Ash was solid in the win over Texas Tech.
Most folks including yours truly picked Texas Tech in this game. I predicted that Texas Tech would win by three. I thought the Texas offense would be pretty good but that the Texas Tech defense would play better than the Texas defense. In the end, the Texas defense and the Texas offense played better than most folks expected. Texas was 6-2 and a lot of folks were wondering if it would win one of its last four games. After this victory it looks as though Texas could be favored against TCU and Iowa State with the big tilt against Kansas State to close the season.

With this victory, Texas coach Mack Brown could have gone from fans wanting him gone to being in the top 20 with the possibility of a 10-win season still intact. One game can start a spiral and one game can stem a tide. For a Texas team that seemed to be on the ropes, this win could not have come at a better time.

2. Go out on a limb
It does not seem like much but you go out on the limb because that is where the fruit is. Texas has been conservative on offense at times this season, but it could not afford to come out conservative against Texas Tech. The Longhorns got the ball to their playmakers early and often and allowed quarterback David Ash to stretch the field.

This looked like the Texas team that we saw against Ole Miss that was confident in what it was trying to do and the players it was trying to do it with.

3. Say it loud!
Brown looked like he had won the conference championship in Lubbock after the game. It was a very important game which Texas had to win in order to have the Baylor and Kansas wins mean anything, regardless of what you have heard in a news conference.

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