November 7, 2007

40 Acres Report: Run game on the move

Texas offense finds a running game

For much of the season the Texas Longhorns have struggled to find a consistent running attack, but in the last two weeks things seem to be coming together for the Longhorns.

In fact, when the Longhorns were trailing 21-0 against Oklahoma State last Saturday, it was the team's ability to line-up in a two-tight end set and run the football that allowed then to trim the lead to 21-14.

The fact that Texas had the confidence to go to the running game when the season was on the line shows just how far this team has come in a short amount of time.

"We just felt like it was something that because of everything we are seeing, we thought it was something that would settle us down," Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis said of the decision to go to a two-tight end offense in the second quarter. "We could get a rhythm going out of that (formation) and we were able to. I think we scored two straight times primarily using the two-tight end (formations)."

In arguably the three biggest wins of the season, it's been the Longhorns ability to run the ball in the fourth quarter that has proven to be the difference between winning and losing. Against TCU, the Longhorns rushed for 119 of their 176 yards in the fourth quarter. Those numbers have reached new height sin the last two weeks against Nebraska and Oklahoma State.

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