No. 3 Texas Longhorns open Pac-12 championship with win over No. 1 UCLA
The No. 2 Texas Longhorn got off to a slow start Saturday against No. 21 UCLA and will likely need to do it all over again to make the College Football Playoff.
The Longhorns improved to 2-1, their first winning streak of the season, when they beat No. 7 Oregon by a score of 33-10 in Eugene.
The victory was the third in four days for the Longhorns (2-0), who are now 0-1 in Pac-10 play.
“I thought the guys fought,” Texas coach Mack Brown said.
“We were just able to take advantage of the mistakes we made on offense and make plays on defense.
I thought we had the kind of offense that we had tonight.”
The Longhorn defense had two sacks and forced two turnovers in the first half.
Texas’ defense was also dominant in the second half.
“The defense is coming out and they are taking advantage of every play,” Brown said of the Longhorn offense.
“This game is about execution. “
It is about the mental aspect of the game.” “
This game is about execution.
It is about the mental aspect of the game.”
The Texas offense didn’t let up, either.
They scored three touchdowns in the third quarter and went on to lead 30-24 with 4:33 to play.
The defense also gave up five points.
“You always have to be mentally tough to get into the right mindset,” Brown added.
“That is one of the keys to getting into the conference championship game, and that is one we did tonight.”
UCLA, which lost at home to the defending national champions in its last two meetings, led 28-7 with 4 minutes, 16 seconds left.
“Everybody was focused and I was focused,” UCLA coach Jim Mora said.
Mora is expected to name his starting quarterback and starting running back in the coming days. “
There were some good plays in the game, but we were just not able to execute on the field.”
Mora is expected to name his starting quarterback and starting running back in the coming days.
“It is important for me to be ready to go,” Brown joked.
“Coach Mora has to give us the same amount of work he gave us last week, and he did a good job of that.”
The Bruins (0-3, 0-2 Pac-16) had been on a five-game winning streak and were on the verge of clinching the Pac, but they fell to 0-3 in the conference and have lost five of their past six games.
“Obviously, we had a bad loss in Oregon,” UCLA running back Melvin Gordon said.
“‘Bama is back.'”
UCLA led 17-7 at halftime and was leading 29-6 after the first quarter when Oregon scored two straight points to take a 41-30 lead.
The Bruins had six offensive touchdowns and six turnovers, including one in the final minute of the half.
Brown said the Bruins have “got to come out and show what they can do” in their second consecutive Pac-8 game.
Oregon (0 1-1) opened the second quarter with a 38-yard field goal by Chris Harper, but the Longhors got the ball back with 6:10 to play and were up 34-14.
UCLA’s Brandon Taylor was 1 of 3 for 11 yards, with the other three coming on special teams.
“Their defense, when you are down 31 points, they are just out-and-out physical,” Brown continued.
“And I thought they got into the end zone.
“But it was definitely a great team effort tonight.” “
Brown had a strong night from his receivers, who caught eight passes for 139 yards and a touchdown, including two touchdown passes to Travis Benjamin and Anthony Dorsett. “
But it was definitely a great team effort tonight.”
Brown had a strong night from his receivers, who caught eight passes for 139 yards and a touchdown, including two touchdown passes to Travis Benjamin and Anthony Dorsett.
“Brandon Taylor was very impressive,” Mora added.
UCLA has had a tough start to the season against Oregon, losing four straight games.
The Ducks have a 6-4 mark in their last nine Pac-4 games.
UCLA is 8-1 all-time in games played in Eugene, including an 8-0 mark there since 1994.