A rough start for the Texas Longhorns against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl on Saturday was too much to overcome in a valiant but ultimately unsuccessful comeback attempt.
The defense made some crucial red-zone stops and the offense made a few plays to stick around, with offensive coordinator Tim Beck calling a commendable game.
With this team, though, with all the injuries and struggles along the offensive line? The margin of error was extraordinarily small against a Sooners team that played much better than last weekend.
The ‘Horns are improving, but Lincoln Riley’s team was better today and deserved to win. Texas can feel some pride in competing until the end of the game after nearly getting blown out early.
At the same time, moral victories will have to turn into actual victories in the near future in order for the Longhorns to make a bowl game.
Against a Big 12 slate that looks even more competitive than it did before the season, that looks like a significant challenge, despite the team’s improvement.