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Saturday, October 1, 2011
Longhorns make another strong statement

By David Ubben

No, Texas hasn't played an elite or ranked opponent yet.

But after a comeback win over BYU and blowout road wins over UCLA and Iowa State, it's clear that Texas is much closer to its 2009 national runner-up team than last season's squad that sat at home during the postseason.

The latest win was a dominant 37-14 win in front of the second-biggest crowd in Iowa State history and over an undefeated Cyclones team looking for a statement of its own.

Blowout wins on the road are rare against any BCS opponent, and Texas has now done it twice, playing well in all three phases of the game. The Longhorns are a young team that will only continue to get better, and here's guessing a replayed game against BYU would have a much more lopsided result without the aid of early Garrett Gilbert interceptions.

Texas has found its identity, even if it's one with two heads at quarterback.

Texas will go home to Austin with Oklahoma on its mind, and we'll learn just how far the Longhorns have come next Saturday in the Cotton Bowl.