Longhorns Reach Low Point

Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong took the podium following his team’s 23-0 loss and had a moment where reality sat in.

“Today was frustrating because it was self-inflicted,” he said.

That statement could pretty much sum up Strong’s first season in Austin. Eight games in the Longhorns are 3-5 and 2-3 in conference play and the best words to describe the play on the field are miscues, misfires, and turnovers.

All three were a factor in Saturday’s loss and not a single one of them was a first-time issue. Texas was flagged for seven penalties, turned the ball over once, and shot themselves in the foot multiple times with fundamental mistakes.

On the other sideline stood Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, who is at his best when you’re at your worst. No other coach in the Big 12, or even the country for that matter, will make you pay for your mistakes more than Snyder.

“I thought we played hard but we did not play smart,” Strong said after the game.

Texas was held to less than 200 total yards of offense and suffered its first shutout in a decade. Preaching discipline and commitment, Strong has given nine players the boot since arriving in Austin for not complying with the new laws of the land. Is it time to start questioning the on field results though?

There’s a fine line between a team that is up and coming and a team that is fundamentally flawed. Texas seems to be teetering on the wrong side of that line. You just have to wonder how many more self-destructing losses Texas can take before fans start demanding to see the off field discipline take place on the field as well?

It really is hard to determine if this Texas team is moving forward or backwards but after Saturday’s loss there’s no denying that the program hasn’t been in this bad shape for the last decade.

*Section Photo credit to Ronald Martinez, Getty Images; Featured Photo (above) credit to Brendan Maloney, USA Today Sports

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