Led by a defense that bent at times but didn't break in the redzone, holding Texas Tech to four field goal attempts in six trips deep into Texas territory, and the potent David Ash-to-Mike Davis connection, the Texas Longhorns pulled out a thrilling 31-22 victory over the Red Raiders that saw head coach Mack Brown as jubilant on the sidelines as he has appeared in years.
Cornerback Carrington Byndom blocked the final field goal attempt from the Red Raiders and running back Johnathan Gray was instrumental in putting the game away with six carries that killed more than five minutes of the clock. Gray finished with 20 tough carries for 106 yards in front of his conflicted father, the Texas Tech alum who is still one of the most productive backs in team history.
After struggling against Kansas, one of the major storylines was the play of quarterback David Ash, who started off hot in the first half, connecting on two long passes to Mike Magic Davis, one of which went for 75 yards on the first play of the first second-quarter possession.
All told, the two connected four times for 165 yards and two touchdowns, while Ash rebounded from his poor performance last week to survive shaky third-quarter play, completing 11-of-19 passes for 264 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions, and picking up 25 yards on a handful of scrambles.
If the prevalent feeling after the Baylor win was relief, if there was anger after the Kansas game because of the flat performance, the feeling now has to be absolute elation after the 'Horns played their best game in weeks. In fact, it's probably been a month, since the win in Stillwater, since Texas has looked this sharp.
The expression onface towards the end said it all, a look reflected on the face of this particular fan.
This is your post-game celebration thread. Live it up, 'Horns, because this was a really heartening win as Texas approaches the final stretch of the season.