- Carter Strickland, Reporter, HornsNation
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HornsNation is counting down the top five moments of Texas’ 2012 season this week.
Play No. 4
The game: Texas was ready to test itself. A road game in the SEC, despite the opponent not being in the conference’s upper echelon, was a way to do just that. Ole Miss still had quality athletes, history and a raucous crowd ready to greet the Longhorns as they made their first-ever trip to Oxford, Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and the Grove. This was to be the first test of the Texas offense, to learn whether it had turned the corner from 2011 and quarterback David Ash could handle the pressure of a big game.
The play: The offense started out shaky. The first score came from Steve Edmond’s 22-yard interception return, and the second from a field goal after a drive was halted. Leading by just three, having just given up an 89-yard drive at the start of the second quarter, co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin decided it was time to deploy some speed. The Longhorns got the ball to Marquise Goodwin on a speed sweep to the left. Tight end D.J. Grant and wide receiver Mike Davis opened the ally with blocks, and Goodwin put on a burst of speed to run just past the outstretched arms of four Rebel defenders. He raced 69 yards for the score and was promptly met by one of the few and the proud.