Five Things I Think

Five things I think about the Longhorns' victory over Florida Atlantic.

*Texas wasn't perfect on Saturday. The Longhorns continued to allow big plays and took eight plays inside the 10 to punch the ball in early. But they also won the turnover battle, won the line of scrimmage and moved the ball with regularity. A team doesn't have to be perfect as long as it wins the turnover battle and is consistent. All in all, the game represented a nice change in momentum for a struggling squad and should give the Longhorns something to build on heading into the Texas A&M game.

* If there's a shame from this season, it's that Sam Acho, who is playing at an All-American level, probably won't get the credit he deserves. According to the Big 12 Web site, Acho is officially credited with 57 stops, 15.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks. His tackles put him in the top 40 in the league, and second among Big 12 defensive linemen. He's second the conference in tackles for loss and tied for first in sacks. HIs performance Saturday was exceptional, with six tackles, four for loss and three sacks, just another great example of Acho's great play this season.

* Texas fans should be pleased with the way the offensive line looked on Saturday. Other than early, the Longhorns played with three freshmen in the lineup, redshirt freshmen Paden Kelley and Mason Walters and true freshman Trey Hopkins. The trio played well, paving the way for a strong running game and allowing quarterback Garrett Gilbert time to make decisions. When you add in junior center David Snow and injured players like guard Tray Allen and tackle Luke Poehlmann and a top notch recruiting class, the Longhorns have to feel positive about next year's line group.

* That was probably quarterback Gilbert's best game as a Longhorn. Minus a pair of fumbles, one of which was recovered by the Owls, it was a near-perfect game. Gilbert completed 71 percent of his passes, ran the ball well, had a great presence about him and accounted for three touchdowns while putting up more than 300 combined rushing and passing yards. Just goes to show what he can do when his line protects him, he has a running game to support him and his receivers catch the ball.

* Several Longhorns said after the game that they received extra motivation from Florida Atlantic players running into their prayer line before the game in what appeared to be an intimidation event. Which begs the question: why did the Owls do it? Their one chance in this game seemed to be that the Longhorns wouldn't take them seriously, something that Texas has admittedly had a problem with this year. That was a somewhat likely occurrence. What wasn't as likely was that the Longhorns would be intimidated by a directional Florida school with a 4-5 record (now 4-6) at Darrell K. Royal — Memorial Stadium. And so it was that Texas came out with fire, moving the ball and avoiding their usual early letdown.

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