UT played hard, faces tough road next year

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Bohls The fu­ture of quar­ter­back Case Mccoy (6) at Texas is un­cer­tain, but his play against Kansas this sea­son might have saved coach Mack Brown’s job. RODOLFO GON­ZA­LEZ / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

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I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy pre­dic­tion:

1. Mack Brown and his staff and team de­serve a ton of credit for play­ing hard and not giv­ing in to a late 10-point deficit against an Ore­gon State team that is a lot bet­ter than it’s given credit for, the aw­ful play from the Beavers’ quar­ter­back not­with­stand­ing. Un­like the 2010 Texas team, this one never gave up. Now we all won­der if the 2013 Longhorns can play with the same fire and in­ten­sity each and ev­ery week, not af­ter they get blown out and crit­ics doubt them. The big­gest is­sues fac­ing Mack’s team in the fu­ture: run block­ing by a still un­der­achiev­ing of­fen­sive line and rush de­fense from tack­les who aren’t strong enough and lineback­ers who can’t shed blocks. Texas will face 10 op­po­nents who played in bowl games this sea­son and will be pushed in road trips to BYU, TCU, Bay­lor and that lit­tle game in Dal­las.

2. Maybe the sus­pended Case McCoy has played his last down in a Longhorn uni­form. If that’s true, Texas fans should still be in­debted to him for the fi­nal win over Texas A&M in 2011 and the fourth-quar­ter res­cue against Kansas this year that prob-

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