Saturday, November 20, 2010
Last yard proves difficult for Longhorns
By David Ubben
Texas strung together an impressive opening drive that looked like it ended with a one-yard run from Cody Johnson to give the Longhorns an early lead.
Not so. Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger called timeout, and officials ruled Johnson had been stopped short. The Owls proceeded to stuff Johnson at the goal line on fourth down to take over on downs.
That's exactly what Texas' offense didn't need in a game against a team that could allow them to establish some offensive rhythm heading into a game next week against Texas A&M when they'll really need it.
Fortunately for the fellas in burnt orange, Blake Gideon came up with a timely interception on the ensuing drive to get the ball back in the red zone. Johnson punched that one in, but had to do it on a pitch play on fourth down to give Texas an early 7-0 lead.