By holding UCLA to 141 rushing yards and forcing four turnovers, Texas' defense showed a physical nature it hopes to build upon.
Texas went on the road and routed UCLA behind sophomore QB Case McCoy, but he wasn't the game's only star.
Tight end D.J. Grant was an unknown commodity, even to his teammates. After his three touchdown catches against UCLA, people might remember him.
With a powerful running game and savvy quarterback play against UCLA, Texas' offense is laying a foundation for success the rest of the season.
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Texas' defense has stood tall so far in 2011, and the biggest factor in that success has been trust.
Last season's 34-12 loss to UCLA showed many of Texas' issues. Now that loss is being used as a rallying point for the Longhorns.
While the defense has held them in games during the first half against Rice and BYU, Texas' offense is looking to get its offense started faster.
UCLA has struggled to get on track through two games but features two good running backs and athletes that could casue Texas problems.