UT again finds way to be just av­er­age

What-ifs can’t change the fact that Horns aren’t among the elite.

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Kansas State loss was the per­fect il­lus­tra­tion of why the Longhorns are go­ing to the Alamo Bowl and not a BCS bowl game.

The Horns look like an 84 team be­cause it’s who they are, just dan­ger­ous enough to scare really good teams but not good enough to string to­gether eight or nine wins in a row like great Texas teams of the past.

The great teams find a way to win games. Av­er­age teams find a way to be av­er­age.

The Horns can look back on this sea­son as one of what-ifs. What if they hadn’t botched that snap against West Vir­ginia with a chance to take the lead late in the game? What if Jack­son Jef­fi­coat and Jor­dan Hicks had played the whole year?

But that what-if game doesn’t help any­body be­cause it doesn’t change what hap­pened on the foot­ball field this sea­son.

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State played like the more ex­pe­ri­enced team, and that’s no shock — 20 of its 22 starters were ju­niors or se­niors, com­pared with 12 for Texas.

As for the Horns’ two de­fen­sive lead­ers, ex­pect Kenny Vac­caro and Alex Okafor to play great games against Ore­gon State for two rea­sons. One, no one wants his last mem­o­ries of col­lege foot­ball to be three straight losses. And

De­fen­sive end Alex Okafor, a UT bright spot in a medi­ocre sea­son, should be a mid- to late first-round NFL draft pick.

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