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Saturday, January 2, 2010
Brown: Control explosive plays, turnovers to win

By Jeff Caplan

The No. 2 Texas Longhorns practiced Saturday in Southern California for the first time in preparation for Thursday's BCS national title game against the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide at the Rose Bowl.

Brown was asked about the matchup between the Longhorns' excellent defense and Alabama's vaunted rushing attack, which features Heisman Trophy winning tailback Mark Ingram and doesn't put the football on the ground very often.

The Texas coach had a statistic ready for the moment.

"We are 70-0 when we have won the explosive plays and the turnovers, so obviously if I say something to the team tonight at dinner that is really, really important it would be that if you can get more explosive plays than them and win the turnover battle, history says that we will win," Brown said. "Regardless of anything else that anyone is going to talk about, in our life here in football, history says that we will win if we do those things. So what you do is you go back and sell the kids on that, and then you show them how we feel like we are going to get explosives, what we have to do to keep them from getting explosives, and then we have to knock balls loose."

We'll take Brown's word on the 70-0.