It took a while. Nine games to be exact, but it finally happened. The 17th-ranked Texas football team played its best game as a team in the Horns 31-22 win over Texas Tech.
The defense played better than they have all season while the offense continued to do what it's done most of the season, and that's racking up yards and scoring points.
"We're really coming together, we're all really pushing each other in practice and getting better together to put together those total games like you saw this past weekend," said UT junior offensive lineman Trey Hopkins.
Longhorn Co-Offensive Coordinator Bryan Harsin added, "We played off each other. We fed off each other and believed in each other. So, that's fun to be a part of. We continue to play like that, it's not perfect by any means, but we play like that on both sides of the ball then we have a chance to continue to be successful."
Since losing to Oklahoma, Texas has rattled off three straight wins, and are coming off their best performance as a team. Now they have to figure out how to bottle up what they did against Tech and keep the ball rolling.
"We told them that to be a really good football team and have a chance to win all the games here at the end," said Coach Mack Brown. "Which is what we're planning on doing. You can't sit around and talk about how bad you were at Kansas, or how great you were at Texas Tech. You gotta go play the next week."
Showing what this team is capable of is something the Longhorns have wanted to do from the start of the season. While it took some time, for them to finally do it in every phase in a game was nice to see.
"We've seen glimpses of that. That's why it's been a little bit frustrating for us and the fans this year. We really haven't seen a full three phase performance come together for 60 minutes at a consistent level," said UT senior offensive lineman Mason Walters.
Brown added, "Defense really has not been consistent all year but offensively we've been having to outscore people, and that wasn't the case Saturday."