Third down was not kind to Texas opponents. Or, if you prefer, Texas was not kind to its opponents on third down. Take a look at the following graph (gigantic hat tip: MGoBlog) illustrating the converstion rates for Texas opponents on third down. The bold line represents the college football average. As you can see, Texas was better than average no matter the distance to be gained.
When the offense kept getting the ball back, if they made it to third down, they had a far better than average chance to make a first down.
Crazy. Head over to MGoBlog to check out other teams' conversion rates.