Monday Media Notes

Some news and notes from Monday's Texas Media Day, following last weekend's 24-14 victory over Texas Tech in Lubbock.

* Don't undersell a win in a tough location. That's the message that Texas coach Mack Brown repeated Monday after Texas's victory in a place that has typically served as a potential stumbling block for the Longhorns.

"You can't take for granted a win in Lubbock," Brown said. "We've gotten beat as the No. 4 team in the country out there; we got beat as the No. 1 team in the country out there. So it is a very, very difficult thing. Weird things happen. The only time we've played out there where it was easy was '04."

Brown said he wasn't sure that Texas would be able to win in Lubbock after the team's showing against Rice in the season opener. He said the victory impressed him in terms of the toughness the Longhorns showed.

"They played really hard and tough," Brown said. "I wasn't sure. I didn't know if we would cave in at Lubbock or not. That was the best thing about Saturday night. I was so proud, of not the way we played all the time, but how hard and tough we played. Boy we were physical, we were never out of the game. The guys kept fighting and scraping, and that's hard to get."

* Texas's 22-play drive was the longest in Brown's tenure at Texas. The previous longest drive was a 19-play drive that resulted in a touchdown against Iowa State.

The 22-play drive covered 80 yards, took nearly 9 1/2 minutes and ended with the game-sealing touchdown, a one-yard pass from Garrett Gilbert to Barrett Matthews.

Davis said that Matthews would continue to become a bigger and bigger part of the offense. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound tight end has clocked times of sub-11 seconds in the 100-meter dash and has the ability to stretch the field from his tight end position.

So what did Texas's defense do while the offense kept the ball?

"We talked about the next drive," said defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, "several times."

* While the defense will get most of the credit for Texas's victory last Saturday, end/linebacker Dravannti Johnson said people shouldn't sleep on the offense.

"We're one team," Johnson said. "We're Texas. We're not offense and defense.

"At one point in the game, we were over on the sidelines just walking around trying to stretch because the offense was out there so long," Johnson said. "That helps the team. That helps the defense. DBs are out flying around because they're not tired. So the offense does a great job with what they're doing."

* The buzzword for the day was "inconsistency," the term used to describe the performance by the offensive line, particularly in the running game. Texas's running backs struggled to run the ball against Texas Tech, though a large part was that the linemen just didn't open holes for the backs to run through. Fozzy Whittaker, Texas's leading rusher with 55 yards on 15 carries, earned 35 of those yards after contact. Cody Johnson, who rushed for 35 yards on 17 totes, earned 23 of his yards after contact.

Center David Snow said it was frustrating just how close the Longhorns were to breaking plays, only to see a slight missed block blow up a potential big-gainer.

The performance led to a discussion between Brown and offensive line coach Mac McWhorter, which was shown on the television broadcast. Monday, Brown said that he wouldn't go into what was said.

"I talk to our coaches all the time on the sidelines, so I'm not going to get into what I said personally to a coach," Brown said. "That's nobody's business."

* With UCLA coming to town on Saturday, the Texas players joked around about which Longhorns would play what kind of roles in a Hollywood movie.

Cornerback Aaron Williams might have dealt the first blow when he said that linebacker Emmanuel Acho would probably play a character in a romantic movie, like in The Notebook. When told about Williams's comment, Acho laughed.

"(Williams) would probably play the soft, sentimental character … emphasis on the word soft," Acho said.

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