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Saturday, September 26, 2009
What about those first-half struggles for Texas?

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin


It was close to a perfect half for Texas as the Longhorns cruised to a 47-7 halftime advantage over UTEP.

But not everything went right.

Hunter Lawrence hit the crossbar on a 54-yard field goal attempt to finish the first half and doinked one of the uprights on an extra point. Take that score away, a Colt McCoy pick-six and a couple of times the Longhorns sputtered in the red zone and everything else looked like a football clinic.

Texas' defense has produced three turnovers, including a pair of interceptions by Earl Thomas. A fearsome defensive performance has limited the Miners to four first downs and 0-for-7 on third down.

The Longhorns have made it look easy during the first 30 minutes.

I guess the only lingering question is when we will see heralded freshman quarterback Garrett Gilbert. I'm betting it will be on the Longhorns' second second-half possession.

The Longhorns' defense will have to play in the second half without defensive end Sergio Kindle, who sustained a right shoulder injury late in the first half.