It was just a couple of weeks ago that Texas Longhorn fans were calling for head coach Tom Herman’s head.  What a difference two weeks makes.

Texas dominated No. 23 USC in the second half in a convincing 37-14 win.  The win accomplished a lot of things for the Longhorns, most notably a signature win for Herman who has been preaching that Texas is better then when he took over.  Now, it will be up to Texas to build on that win while USC is left scratching their heads.

The biggest takeaway visually from watching the game is the way Texas finally competed on every play. Their aggressive defensive pressure was a far cry from opening weekend, where they sleepwalked through the first half of the Maryland loss.  That loss looked even worst when the Terrapins got throttled at home Saturday by Temple.

But, this was a different Texas team.  Much more electric in every phase of the game.  A late fumble by USC freshman quarterback JT Daniels certainly helped the Longhorns, but that fumble — with four minutes to go — was a direct result of relentless pressure applied by the UT defense.  At the end of the day, the best team won the game.  That is saying a lot when Texas has gone through so much turmoil.

The next three weeks will define just how far Texas has come.  They host No. 15 TCU next week, then travel to very tough Kansas State, then they get No. 5 Oklahoma at home the first Saturday in October. Run the table, and Texas will be in the College Football Playoff discussion.  Lose two out of three, and they are right back where they started.

 

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