UT again finds way to be just average
What-ifs can’t change the fact that Horns aren’t among the elite.
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.
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.