Texas made some big plays to prevail over Oklahoma State on Saturday, but there's plenty for the Longhorns to shore up before West Virginia arrives next weekend.
Texas will be without defensive tackle Brandon Moore, linebacker Jordan Hicks and kicker Anthony Fera for Saturday night's Oklahoma State game, the school said in a release Friday evening.
Underclassman Desmond Jackson has set the mark in toughening up Texas' defensive line, which is finally showing signs of the strength necessary to survive in the Big 12.
Against Oklahoma State, Texas has a chance to capitalize on winning the turnover battle, but D-coordinator Manny Diaz can't preach enough about players executing perfectly in order to do that.
A combination of better line play, understanding of the offense and play-calling have Texas QB David Ash displaying better presence in the pocket.
This season there has been a concerted effort, both in the words chosen to describe the offense and plays for that offense, to achieve a symmetry between the run and the pass.
Bruising back Joe Bergeron, with a mindset that no one single opposing player will be able to bring him down, is working toward being a major catalyst for Texas' success this season.
With Big 12 play looming large in the distance, Texas and its quarterback need a jumpstart in making the big plays that conference competition will demand.
Texas' desire to open up its passing attack was tabeled in its opening-game win over Wyoming, which saw the Longhorns rely on a powerful running game.
Texas wants both quarterbacks, Case McCoy and David Ash, to play.
HornsNation is taking an look at Texas' 2012 schedule. Oklahoma State is riding a two-game winning streak over Texas but must replace Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon.
HornsNation previews each team on the 2012 Texas schedule. Wyoming opens the season and will visit will a solid secondary and running game.
Texas used its running game successfully against Oklahoma State, especially Malcolm Brown. But when the Longhorns needed it most, they abandoned it.
Texas went with David Ash for the entire game against Oklahoma State. For better and worse, it's his offense now.
Breaking down the top five storylines going into the Oklahoma State game.
While Texas might have been humbled some by its loss to OU, rebuilding its psyche in time for Oklahoma State proves important.