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In the movie Bull Durham, the manager of the Durham Bulls gives a speech to his struggling ballclub.

"This is a simple game," he said. "You throw the ball, you catch the ball and you hit the ball."

While the Longhorns aren't struggling, Texas coach Mack Brown appears to have found a similar equation for success in football.

"If you don't turn the ball over, you run the ball, stop the run … you have a chance," Brown said. "You have a chance each week."

The Longhorns excelled in all three of those phases in blowing out a dangerous Texas Tech team 52-20 Saturday.

Not turning the ball over? Freshman quarterback David Ash took it a step further, managing the Longhorns into never punting. Texas converted 7-of-9 third downs one one of the two fourth downs they faced. The Longhorns kicked a field goal on the other fourth down. And Texas scored a touchdown on each of its six trips into the red zone.

""I thought (Ash) did a nice job," said Bryan Harsin, Texas offensive coordinator. "You can see his ability to make a big play. We're trying to set plays up to be successful. I think he's making progress."

Running the ball? The Longhorns had their second consecutive 400-plus yard rushing game, running for 439 yards despite missing starting tailback Malcolm Brown, out with a turf toe injury. Fellow true freshman Joe Bergeron filled in perfectly, rushing for 191 yards and three touchdowns, including 113 yards by halftime. And the Longhorns twice set new season highs for long runs from scrimmage, first on a 47-yard run from Ash and then again five minutes later when Bergeron exploded for 51.

"Hammer 'em. After a while the defense will crack," Bergeron said of his running style. "When you keep just pounding the ball, pounding the ball, then eventually they will crack. And then you keep pounding the ball for all four quarters.

"The linemen put the holes there," Bergeron said. "We run where they ain't."

The Longhorns ran the ball so well and so often — they threw just eight passes all game — that a Texas Tech defensive back, lamenting the lack of throws, approached Texas receiver Mike Davis and asked "so, y'all Georgia Tech now?"

"I was like, hey, we're just trying to get a W, man," Davis said. "We're not Georgia Tech. But we run the ball pretty (well)."

Well enough that Harsin, when asked why the Longhorns even threw the ball in the game, quipped: "I screwed up."

And stopping the run? Texas held its Lubbock-based counterparts to 30 yards on 27 carries. Only one player averaged better than 2.5 yards per carry — wide receiver Bradley Marquez — who only had one carry. And while Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege was able to rack up 381 yards, he was sacked four times and kept out of the end zone until later in the third quarter, with the game already out of reach.

"It wasn't a perfect performance, but I thought that when the game was in the balance, we really played well," said Manny Diaz, Texas defensive coordinator.

And that was the difference. The Longhorns (6-2, 3-2) didn't need Malcolm Brown Saturday, nor also-absent receiver Jaxon Shipley, who was scratched as a game time decision. They were able to pound straight ahead and win the game based on three of the simplest forms of football a coach can find.

"Right now, we're being really physical," Brown said. "We're all preachers of history and you go back and look and Texas ran the ball when we were good. That's who we were. And we would throw deep. And then we played great defense. That's what we want to get back to."


TEXAS TECH — Donnie Carona 29 FG, 7:56 1Q

TEXAS — Justin Tucker 48 FG, 4:24 1Q

TEXAS — Fozzy Whittaker 12 run (Tucker kick), 13:17 2Q

TEXAS TECH — Donnie Carona 40 FG, 10:10 2Q

TEXAS — Whittaker 8 run (Tucker kick), 8:33 2Q

TEXAS — D.J. Monroe 12 run (Tucker kick), 6:56 2Q

TEXAS — Joe Bergeron 9 run (Tucker kick), 1:46 2Q

TEXAS — Bergeron 5 run (Tucker kick), 9:06 3Q

TEXAS TECH — Eric Ward 8 pass from Seth Doege (Carona kick), 3:10 3Q

TEXAS — Bergeron 12 run (Tucker kick), 14:53 4Q

TEXAS — Darius White 34 pass from Case McCoy (Tucker kick), 5:48 4Q

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