Nickel Package: Texas-UCLA
The Longhorns hit the road to face a Bruins team that embarrassed them in 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas is in a familiar spot. It started last season with three consecutive wins before things fell apart when UCLA came to town. The Bruins ran all over Texas in a 34-12 win.
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Texas hits the road to face UCLA, and the Longhorns will need to be stout up front.
The Bruins ran all over Texas in last year's meeting in Austin, so a big key will be if Texas can control the line of scrimmage.
UCLA has had some issues stopping the run, so a bigger dose of Malcolm Brown might be in order at the Rose Bowl.
-- William Wilkerson
Odds and ends
• Texas is 3-1 in games played in California since winning the Rose Bowl against Michigan on New Year's Day, 2005.
• Texas and UCLA have met five times, with UCLA winning three of the meetings.
•Texas has outrushed its first two opponents by a combined total of 222 yards.
• Through two games, Texas has run the ball nearly twice as many times as it has thrown it (91-47). In 2010, Texas passed the ball 50.7 percent of the time, while running 49.3 percent.
• Since winning the national championship after the 2005 season, the Longhorns have gone 9-1 in games decided by three points or fewer. The 9th win came this past Saturday vs BYU.
-- ESPN Stats and Information>