Texas Longhorns: Valero Alamo Bowl

Five thoughts from Alamo Bowl 

December, 30, 2012
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Not exactly the start Texas wanted ...

Fifteen plays for 23 yards was the first quarter of the play-calling career for Major Applewhite at Texas. The team committed three penalties. The initial first down for the Longhorns came on a penalty.

David Ash, historically, has not recovered well or was not given the opportunity to recover from these rough starts.

Video: Alamo Bowl preview

December, 4, 2012
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ESPN's Joe Tessitore and Jesse Palmer preview the Valero Alamo Bowl featuring a top-25 matchup between Texas and Oregon State.
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Longhorns, who in 2012 did not beat a team that finished in the BCS top 25, will get one final shot in the postseason, against No. 13 Oregon State. And given who Oregon State beat -- only one team ranked in the BCS top 25, No. 17 UCLA, and that was in week two -- it might be Texas' best chance to pull off a win. A look at the matchup in the Valero Alamo Bowl:

1. What’s your initial reaction to the matchup?
Texas just secured its ninth win. Seriously, Oregon State is pretty much like Cal last year, a decent team in a conference that only had two good teams. Now the same could be said for the Big 12. But Texas has too much talent and speed to lose this game.

2. Which team in the Big 12 does Oregon State most resemble?
It is fair to compare Oregon State to Baylor of the last three weeks. That’s because the Beavers overall have a much better defense than the Bears showed in the first nine weeks of the year. Baylor has a better pass offense and really a better overall offense with Lache Seastrunk. But Oregon State has the ability to spread the field, throws the ball well and has a decent run game to go with that attack.

3. What’s the most intriguing individual matchup?
Storm Woods vs. the Texas defense. Woods averages 75 yards a game and is a solid back in the Pac-12. Texas has turned solid backs into great backs this season. If the Texas defense cannot contain Woods, then quarterback Sean Mannion is going to have few problems moving the ball down the field with play action.

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