Texas Longhorns: D.J. Monore

AUSTIN, Texas -- Just how bad has Texas’ run game been against Oklahoma the last two seasons? The Longhorns more than doubled their rushing performance from a year ago on Saturday ... with 74 yards.

So don’t blame the fried twinkies for all of the heartburn and indigestion you left the fair grounds with, Longhorns fans. Blame the running game.

At least the 2011 ground game had more of a reason to falter. Texas was relying on a freshman quarterback, two freshmen running backs and an inexperienced offensive line to move the ball on a dominant defensive front.

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Cal Sport Media via AP ImagesJohnathan Gray and the Longhorns were unable to run on the Sooners.
This year was supposed to be entirely different. Even without an injured Malcolm Brown, the Longhorns figured they’d be able to move the ball on a lesser-heralded Sooners front. Especially with the promise freshman Johnathan Gray had shown the previous two weeks, the added dimension of Daje Johnson, and the way that David Ash was throwing the ball.

Instead, Oklahoma, fueled by these alleged words from Ash, thoroughly dominated the trenches.

The Longhorns finished the first half with two yards rushing and had gained just two first downs. Gray was the team’s leading rusher with five carries for eight yards (1.6 yards per carry) after two quarters.

“Offensively, we were very poor,” Longhorns coach Mack Brown said after the game. “We changed our style two years ago to be a more aggressive, physical football team on offense, and we were not. We have to average four yards per carry, and we averaged 3.2.

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