Texas Longhorns: Top 5 moments

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.
HornsNation is counting down the top five moments of Texas’ 2012 season this week.

Play No. 5

[+] EnlargeAlex Okafor
Cal Sport Media via AP ImagesSenior defensive end Alex Okafor finished the season with 8 sacks for the Longhorns.
The game: Geno Smith and West Virginia had been untouchable. The quarterback was a Heisman candidate who, through four games, had yet to throw an interception and had been sacked only four times. West Virginia was 4-0 coming into the game, and that put a scare into the traditional powers with the thought that the Mountaineers might be national title contenders. Texas represented their first big test of the season.

The play: Texas was trailing 21-14 but had momentum and had stuffed WVU for minus-4 yards on its two previous plays. Smith dropped backed to pass from the his own nine but never had time to get rid of the ball. Instead, defensive end Alex Okafor got into the backfield, sacked and, more importantly, stripped the ball from Smith. Bookend Jackson Jeffcoat fell on the ball in the end zone and Texas tied the game at 21 in the second quarter. The play electrified the largest home crowd in Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium history and the stadium shook as the 101,851 in attendance jumped in the stands.

The play was also a portent of thing to come. Okafor sacked and stripped Smith again in the fourth quarter. This time the defense was not able to fall on the ball and score. Instead, Chris Whaley's fumble recovery gave Texas the ball at the WVU 12. Lamentably, Texas’ offense failed to produce points in what proved to be the drive that determined Longhorns’ losing fate.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Texas RB Foreman Cleared To Play
D'Onta Formean has been cleared academically to join the Longhorns football squad.
VIDEO PLAYLIST video