The tension was palpable on a hot, sticky evening at the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium for the Longhorns’ season opener Saturday. With less than three minutes remaining in the second quarter, the much-anticipated new up-tempo Texas offense produced more turnovers than points against New Mexico State’s defense, and the attitude of the fans reflected that. Faces betrayed fear, snarks called for jobs and groans rumbled across the sections.
In last night's game versus New Mexico State University, the Longhorn football team broke a school record with 715 yards of total offense. The Daily Texan photography team was there to capture every moment.
College football is changing, and Texas is changing with it. Instead of the traditional, spread offense, a majority of college football teams are running an up-tempo offense with the purpose of putting more points on the scoreboard. And to the delight of most Longhorn players and fans, Texas is adapting to this new style of play for its 2013 season.
It has been a long three years for the Texas defense. In the three seasons since their last trip to the National Championship Game, the Longhorns have allowed more than 23 points per game on average. They hit rock bottom last year, surrendering 5,244 yards, 419 more than any other season in school history. The Longhorns are confident that this is the year they’ll turn things around. The players trained this offseason with a purpose: They want to shed the soft label and rebound from last year.
Mack Brown holds the keys to an empire. He’s the most powerful figure on a campus 50,000 strong, pulls in more money than any state-compensated employee and could be the most visible personality in Texas, a state of 26 million.