Upon further review…

Inside Texas' Mike Blackwell gives his notes from the opener against North Texas.

The running backs: Jamaal Charles and Selvin Young split the primary carries practically in half. Charles was the Longhorns' leading rusher with 77 yards on 14 carries, and scored a touchdown on a 10-yard run. Young picked up 44 yards on 10 carries and scored on a one-yard run. Young also scored on a five-yard shovel pass from McCoy in the second quarter.

The receivers: Six different receivers caught passes for the Longhorns in the game, with Limas Sweed leading the way with five catches for 111 yards and touchdowns of 60 and 29 yards. Young was the second-most productive pass-catcher with three catches for 26 yards. Nate Jones and Quan Cosby each caught two passes for 20 yards, and Myron Hardy caught a ball for 16 yards. Jordan Shipley's first game produced one catch for five yards.

Mack's knee: Mack Brown was noticeably less mobile on the sidelines than in year's past. He's still recovering from knee replacement surgery, and he spent most of the game walking gingerly on the tarp surface on the Texas sideline.

Rushing defense: Texas' rushing defense held North Texas to a miniscule eight yards on 28 carries. Jamario Thomas was the leading rusher for the Eagles with 38 yards on 14 carries. No other North Texas rusher had positive yardage.

One bad drive: The Texas defense was dominant except for North Texas' first drive of the second half. The Eagles, led by quarterback Woody Wilson, a junior from Fayetteville, Ark., drove the ball 80 yards on 10 plays, with Wilson hitting Brandon Jackson from 12 yards out for the score. It was the first points scored by North Texas against Texas since 1992.

Fake punt works: Texas faked a punt in the third quarter, and it worked. After the North Texas touchdown, facing a fourth-and-one from the Eagles' 46-yard-line, the ball was snapped to linebacker Rashad Bobino, who bulled up the middle for five yards and the first down. Bobino had a six-yard run against Texas A&M last season, also on a fake punt.

The kicking game: Greg Johnson performed all of the punting, place-kicking and kickoff duties for Texas, and was perfect on eight extra points. The Longhorns did not attempt a field goal. Johnson also punted twice for a 43.5-yard average. Jordan Shipley was the holder for each extra point. Johnson's consecutive PAT streak is now at 34, including 27 in a row with Vanderbilt in 2002.

New deep snapper: New deep snapper Tully Janszen was perfect – Texas punted twice and converted all eight extra points.

Blocked kicks: Brian Robison added another block kick to Mack Brown's resume, deflecting a 27-yard field goal try by Denis Hopovac in the first quarter. Texas special teams have blocked 53 kicks in the Brown Era – the Longhorns have blocked more kicks than any team in the country since 2000.

Punt returns – good and bad: Aaron Ross showed why he is one of the most spectacular return men in the country, bringing back four punts for 53 yards, including a 31-yarder. Ross also muffed a punt in the first quarter to give North Texas the ball at the Texas 24-yard-line, but the Longhorns ended that threat with a blocked field goal by Brian Robison.

North Texas quarterbacks – a day to forget: North Texas quarterbacks Matt Phillips and Woody Wilson will not soon forget Saturday's game. Phillips completed just four of 13 passes for 22 yards, and though Wilson did lead the Eagles to their only touchdown drive, he also spent a great deal of his time being chased by the Texas defense. Wilson finished the game with five completions in six attempts for 65 yards and a touchdown. Wilson's rushing stats were abysmal – he carried the ball seven times for minus-five yards. The "flip chart" with rosters used in the press box listed the North Texas quarterback position as "Daniel Meager or Matt Phillips or Woody Wilson."

Turnovers: One of Texas' goals for the 2006 season was to improve turnover margin from the 2005 season. Texas lost the ball on a muffed punt return, and Jevan Snead tossed an interception. Texas recovered a pair of North Texas fumbles, one which went for a touchdown when Aaron Lewis fell on the ball in the end zone.

First down dominance: How's this for a stat – Texas had 27 first downs in the game and North Texas earned six.

Home winning streak: The Longhorns extended their home winning streak to 16 games with the win. The streak is the second longest in the nation behind only USC at 27.

Total defense impressive: The 95 yards of total offense allowed by the Texas defense was the second-best defensive effort in that area since 1990. The only other time Texas held an opponent to less than 100 yards of total defense came in 2001, when Texas held Kansas to 67 yards.

Opening drives impressive: Texas has now held opponents scoreless on their first drive of the game for 17 consecutive games.

The Missing Piece: According to the University of Texas sports information department, Godzilla-tron is unable to show full-screen replays because they are still awaiting the arrival of a part for the scoreboard. In October, fans at DKR will be able to see replays on the entire screen in HD.

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